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Grant | Alive

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Last Raised

$400K | 2 yrs ago

About iCog Labs

iCog Labs is a research and development company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, collaborating with international AI research groups and serving customers around the world.

iCog Labs Headquarter Location

Yeshi Building, Airport Road 10th floor, Airport Rd

Addis Ababa,


Latest iCog Labs News

the 21-Year-Old Genius One of the Minds Behind Sophia the robot Coding at Ethiopia’s First AI Lab

Apr 13, 2020

In addition to coordinating programs to inspire a new generation of girl coders, she also has worked on the development of Sophia the robot. "Sheba Valley", the Ethiopian equivalent of "Silicon Valley", is taken by a storm named Betelhem Dessie, who is an Ethiopian web and mobile technologies developer, and also, a coding genius. She has turned 21 this year; however, her young age hasn't stopped her from accomplishing amazing feats. As of now, Dessie is coordinating a number of programs run by robotics lab iCog , the Addis Ababa based artificial intelligence lab that was behind the development of world-famous Sophia the robot . I have a really deep connection with Ethiopia because part of my AI was developed there by iCog Labs in Addis Ababa. They are amazing! You should check them out! @icoglabs #AskSophia She has four software programs copyrighted solely to her name, which one of them she coded only at 10 years old. Meet Betelhem Dessie, Project Manager for Anyone Can Code at iCog in Addis Ababa and Sophia, Hanson Robotics’ most well-known robot. #Women in sciences, technology and artificial intelligence. @ChevrierAntoine Her dance with science started when she was just 9 when she asked for money from his father to celebrate her birthday, who didn’t have any money to give her, to begin with. She decided to take matters into her hands. She started editing videos and sending music to customers’ cell phones in her father’s electronics shop. From there, she started handling computer maintenance and installing software which resulted in a big appetite for anything tech and coding related. She is currently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology; however, she has already undertaken projects such as Anyone Can Code, The Remus, Girls Can Code, and numerous others. At 19-years-old, #BetelhemDessie is perhaps the youngest pioneer in #Ethiopia 's fast emerging tech scene, sometimes referred to as ' #ShebaValley '. #Africa #MNA Moreover, she was present during the development of Sophia the robot in iCog Labs. Sophia the robot is the product of a collaborative effort between a team of developers from Ethiopia and a Hond Kong-based robotics company known as Hanson Robotics. It should also be noted that Sophia the robot was partly-assembled in Ethiopia. Currently, Dessie is the lead of the Solve-IT project where she works with young people to uncover innovative, technological solutions to some of the problems faced by their respective communities.

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