Tech Titan is a yearly gala in North Texas held to help recognize applicants who have contributed greatly to the technology field in the past year. This year, Robokind’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, Richard Margolin is a finalist in the Technology Inventor category. Previous winners in this category have ranged from Texas Instruments to The University of Texas at Arlington. Posting on Twitter Mr. Margolin stated, “I’m honored to be a finalist for technology inventor.” If he is chosen as the winner a profile will be featured in the Dallas Business Journal and he will be recognized as one of the top contributors for technology in the North Texas area.
Part of what makes Robokind and their founder so inspirational and unique is their Robots4Autism program. This program uses a robot, Milo, to help educate children with autism. There are several unique hurdles that educators face when a student has autism. It is more imperative that the students receive one on one attention, and it can sometimes be more difficult to engage the students. Milo helps to bridge this gap. As a robot, he doesn’t get tired, is able to engage one student at a time, and flawlessly repeats information over so that the student will have a greater degree of success with learning. In addition, the students are able to interact with Milo through tablet-based lessons. He assists with teaching behavioral and social skills such as recognizing body language and facial expressions, as well as academic skills. According to the Robots4Autism website, improvements have been seen in as little as one to four months.
With a product and program like this, it’s easy to see why Richard Margolin and Robokind are in the running for the Technology Inventor award at the Tech Titan event. For 2017 the gala will be at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West on August 25th. Tickets and more information for this event can be found here.