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The man behind the ultimate robot extravaganza

How can you inspire young inventors? Entrepreneur Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, is harnessing the glitz of professional sport…but with robots.

Once a year, young people from all over the US come together to compete in a ‘robot Superbowl’. It’s the idea of Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway, who believes such events are key to inspiring the next generation of inventors.

He runs First (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology), a charity that encourages students to embrace engineering and technology through cooperative competitions that resemble sporting events. Through a mentorship programme, sportsmanship and robotics competitions, he wants to inspire them to go on and build tomorrow’s next big thing.

Video: Courtesy of usfirst.org

Dean Kamen spoke to BBC Future at SXSW Interactive in Austin Texas. 

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