David Smee

Kick Sum Limited

Educational robotic products

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My focus at the Studio has been uncovering a novel educational AI robot to help young children's independent learning, linked to the natural world. I have written two STEM books and commissioned another while working on the idea in the past year. Since 2020 my new product ideas have been supported by Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory UWE with SABRE/ERDF funding.

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David started out with degrees in product design and marketing and followed a career in technology product management, research and marketing. He has worked in some major tech companies over 15 years, involved in some great innovations including videotelephony, digital video broadcast, 3G networks and smartphones in Europe and Japan. 

He entered the world of early-stage companies working for Bristol University spin-out ProVision Communication about 10 years ago. While there he managed the launch of ProVision and its wireless HD technologies successfully at CES, Las Vegas.

He founded Kick Sum Limited in 2013 to do more exciting work supporting early-stage technology companies with research & commercialisation. With a mixture of consulting and working for sweat equity, he has gained wide-ranging early business experience supporting a number of startups and scale ups including Folium Optics, VRGO & Reach Robotics. He has also supported Bath University on the commercialisation aspects of an Innovate UK grant funded project. He enjoys mentoring students and other entrepreneurs and is also a STEM Ambassador. He is currently working with an international healthcare client and advising a hardware tech startup alongside his robotic endeavours.