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11/29/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/29/2021 09:38

Greece wins four distinctions at the World Robot Olympiad 2021

- 4 teams of the Greek delegation placed in the top 10 at the World Robot Olympiad 2021
- COSMOTE and WRO Hellas contribute into the developing the youngsters' digital skills in Greece

Greek flavour at the finals of the World Robot Olympiad WROTM 2021, with four of our country's teams winning distinction in one of the most important global educational robotics competitions. At this year's competition, on the theme of 'PowerBots - The future of Energy', four Greek teams placed in the top 10 in their categories, standing out among over 200 teams from 65 countries. The teams were chosen via the national competition hosted by WROHellas with COSMOTE as a strategic partner. To date, Greece has won 6 medals and 13 top-10 places in the World Robot Olympiad.

"The distinctions by the Greek delegation to the World Robot Olympiad this year are really very significant. They prove our young people's passion and devotion to robotics and a better tomorrow, filling us with pride. It wasn't an easy path for them. They had to overcome many obstacles. But they succeeded - for yet another year - in distinguishing themselves among countries that are giants in the robotics sector. Together with COSMOTE, we have succeeded in instilling in our country's children the love for robotics and STEM, so that they can hold their ground against countries with a long tradition," said Ioannis Somalakidis, the President of WRO Hellas, Greece's national organizer.

Deppie Tzimea, the OTE Group Executive Director of Corporate Communications & Sustainability stated: "Congratulations to the Greek teams on their distinctions. Amidst unprecedented challenges, they remained committed to their goal and succeeded in standing out. We are here to support young people who want to try new things and develop new skills. Through the educational robotics and STEM initiatives, we support, many young people have focused on robotics and technology, contributing to a better world for all. The future of our society is intrinsically linked to technology and innovation. By investing in the development of young people's digital skills, we are investing in Greece's progress."

The teams with distinctions at the World Robot Olympiad 2021

The Greek teams presented green energy robotics solutions that can help respond to climate change. The teams that won the four distinctions, placed in the top 10 of their categories, were:
  • Minders, 5th place in the Senior Open category
  • The Speeders, 5th place in the #FutureEngineers category - Automated Driving
  • Autonomous: 9th place in the Senior Open category
  • Airgenics: 10th place in the Senior Open category
Additionally, the ROBOKS and Robotonio teams placed 13th and 19th, respectively, in their categories.

Minders presented an automated greenhouse for high-quality farming powered by renewable energy sources. The Speeders presented a vehicle with an automated driving system (without remote control) in a real environment. Autonomous won their distinction for a hydroponic farming system. And Airgenics presented a project with urban wind generators.

The complete results of the World Robot Olympiad are available at World Robot Olympiad WRO 2021.

COSMOTE & WRO Hellas collaborate to develop young people's digital skills
COSMOTE contributes to the development of young people's digital skills through educational robotics and STEM, as a strategic partner of WRO Hellas. Since 2015, we have supported:
  • 7 Panhellenic Educational Robotics Competitions, with a total of 25,000 participations of students
  • Annual educationa seminars with a total of 7,000 participations of teachers
  • 4,000 downloads of specialised educational materials on robotics
  • 600 free robotics educational packages provided to schools
  • 2 films on educational robotics, Robogirl and The Real Robokids, with over 7 million views on YouTube. The films, created by COSMOTE, increased awareness of educational robotics in Greece.
Through their involvement with educational robotics and STEM, young people learn to harness all the potential of technology, work in teams, solve problems, and propose innovative solutions in response to various modern challenges.
Digital inclusion and equal access for all citizens to the digital society is a priority for COSMOTE, contributing to its vision of a better world for all through technology.