The team at Robo Wunderkind spent more days on the road than at home this January. Missing our friends and family while tweaking our backs on Airbnb couches, we traveled far and wide to the most famous tech and education trade shows with one main goal: preparing for our robot launch.
We’ve negotiated deals under the shadow of Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, been forced to google translate cockney accents in London, and were reconnected with lost childhood toys in Nurnberg. Come relive our experiences and learn with us in this recap blog post.
"I am absolutely mind-blown. I didn't think that this could be so much fun, not only for 5-year-olds but also for me." (Enoch P. - Visitor from Hong Kong)
"Building something with Lego Mindstorms was more of a hassle than something fun. But my 7-year-old would definitely enjoy easily programming his own robot with Robo Wunderkind" (Magdalena L. - distributor Poland and parent)
"This is the best robot for small kids I have seen so far" (Valentin M. - distributor)
“Robo Wunderkind can get my primary school students excited about robotics and coding. It’s actually the first robotics kit that’s perfect for my STEM courses and Marker Space programs” (Melissa M. - primary school teacher)
Trip 1, Las Vegas
The Consumer Electronic Show, or CES for short, is one of the largest trade shows focused on technology in the world and it’s held in no other place than the city of sins, Las Vegas. This year alone, around 177.000 visitors showed up from roughly 81% of the world’s countries, so it’s a great way to raise awareness and meet distributors.
Before any doubt creeps into your mind, let us be clear, going to CES is not a big party. It can be and some people treat it that way, but for the rest, it is 5 whole days of working on your feet until you can go home and drop into bed. Or Airbnb couch.
Trip 2, London
When we received a call from London asking about whether or not we were coming to the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) expo, how could we say no? With a short stop back home to gather new supplies, we shipped off with our Robot in tow. BETT was an incredible experience and the amount of love and support we received from the educators and school administrators there was astounding.
It’s the world’s leading education technology event and is so for good reason! Around 35.000 education experts visit the show and exchange knowledge on the changing educational environment. They talk about what is working well in the classroom, what technology can be used in different situations, and what the future of education looks like.
The halls are packed with some of the leading experts in education, each wanting a piece of our robotics kits. The special highlight of the event was the keynote presentation by Sir Ken Robinson (see “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” Answer: Not if they have our robots).
Trip 3, Nuremberg
Our last journey brought us the closest to home, to the Spielwarenmesse in Nürnberg. Imagine the world’s biggest toy store filled with the newest and trendiest toys all lying out to be played with, and you’ve arrived at the expo. Then imagine us, stuck at our stand, jealously glaring out at all the adults reliving their childhood going stand to stand to play with the coolest new toys.
Ok, we weren’t jealous at all because we were the luckiest of them all! We had countless retailers and toy experts come to us, all wanting to play with our fantastic robotics sets. Nothing takes the serious side of business away like playing together. Of course, contacts were made and business cards were exchanged, but most important to us is how our robots made people feel - and we saw a lot of smiling faces leave, wishing they had a robot to take with them.
Finally, back at home in Vienna, we have unpacked our bags and settled back into the office. The work hasn’t stopped, though, as there is still much to prepare before shipping this year.
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