Just a few months after students at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology put together a Robyn-bot, the Swedish singer is giving back to that community of crafty engineers and likely “The Girl and the Robot” fans. On April 18, Robyn will host Tekla, a day-long festival of workshops and speakers aiming to empower women in tech.
“I thought of KTH’s motto, ‘Science and Art,’ and wanted to do something to inspire girls who are curious about technology, while at the same time highlighting that too few women are applying to KTH programs,” Robyn says. “Tekla is a festival for girls, in which they get to sample different areas of future technology in what I believe will be a fun and imaginative environment.”
With workshops like “Quirkbot” — the tagline is “got feelings too!” — and what appear to be 3-D design and music sessions (the website is only in Swedish for now, but you can find an English version of the press release here), the day sounds like it’s shaping up to be more fun than a GoldieBlox playdate; especially since Robyn will perform. For more information, visit Tekla Festival’s official website.
Watch Robyn meet her maker, so to speak, below and then listen to her talk about women getting to do what they want. “What’s tricky is that a lot of girls maybe don’t realize that they’re interested in technology because it’s not presented as something they could be interested in,” she says. “It’s about getting past that point, where you can get creative with technology.”