Meet Silas Adekunle, The World’s Highest Paid Robotic Engineer

Written by Gloria Irabor

Silas Adekunle is a 26 year old Nigerian, credited for building the world ’s first gaming robot. He is now the highest paid Robotic engineer in the world.

Adekunle achieved this feat after signing a new deal with the world ’s reputable software manufacturers, Apple Inc.

Adekunle is currently the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a company developing the world ’ s first gaming robots.
He also recently graduated with a 1 st class degree and has four years’ background in robotics.

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Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Adekunle studied in Nigeria before relocating to the UK as a teenager.

After completing his secondary school education, he proceeded to the University of the West of England where he graduated with a first class graduate in Robotics .
In 2013 , he founded Reach Robotics and developed a lot of experience on robotics within a space of four years .

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Adekunle was also a team leader of Robotics In Schools programme , a programme which encourages and pays attention to students in Science , Technology , Engineering and Mathematics (STEM ).

The programme encouraged him to develop robotics to make education more entertaining for STEM students .

In 2017, MekaMon , he released the world ’s first gaming robot, with the special ability to customise the gaming bot to perform personalised functions.

The initial launch of Mekamon sold 500 bots , generating $ 7 . 5 million. Following this feat , Adekunle received support from various organisations including London Venture Partners ($ 10 million) and in the same year , his company, Reach Robotics signed a deal with Apple securing exclusive sales in Apple stores.

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Impressed by the quality of his robots and their ability to show emotion with subtly – calibrated movements, Apple priced his four – legged “ battle- bots ” at $ 300 and has put them in nearly all of its stores in the United States and Britain .

“Early customers skew towards male techies but a growing number of parents are buying the robots for their children to get them interested in STEM, Adekunle had said in a Forbes interview this year.

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The young entrepreneur who once indicated that the secrets to his success are “ balance , shared ideas , time management and being oneself ”, was recently listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.

Adekunle, who has taken over the world with his inventiveness , is currently located at the Bristol Robotics Lab which is said to be the best robotics research centre in the UK .

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