CEO and Founder @ Kell Ideas
Szymon Dzwończyk, CEO of Kell ideas and cofounder of Turtle Rover.
Studied mechanical engineering in Wrocław University of Technology. Since 2012 was involved in Project Scorpio – prototype of Mars rover used in international space-related competitions (University Rover Challenge, European Rover Challenge). In 2013-2015 head of the Project and head of engineering for winning Scorpio 4 and Scorpio N.
In 2014-2015 worked as main mechanical engineer in Project FREDE, which conducted series of chemical analysis in the stratoshpere onboard of ESA/DLR/SSC baloon as a part of ESA Education programme.
Then worked in Chassis Brakes as a mechanical designer of tools and assembly line equipment for BMW and VW car brake manufacturing. Left the company after he realized there’s a lot of know-how gathered around the projects he led that just cannot be lost. Together with his wife and friends from the projects, he started Kell ideas – a robotics company providing easy prototyping tools for researchers all over the World.
Kell ideas sp. z o.o., ltd., is a team of robotics engineers who are devoted to support and provide tools for prototyping within mobile robotics.
It was formed by a team of Wrocław University of Technology students who met each other during Mars rover prototype projects and who conducted successful Kickstarter campaign around their product.
Kell ideas’ is known for Turtle Rover. It’s a small-scale open-source rover – a starting platform for outdoor robotics prototyping. It provides basic functionalities and extendability that enables researchers all over the World to prototype easier and faster.
Universities and consulting companies is 12 countries use it in agriculture, inspection and space research. The Rover has been used in South Africa for wild lion photography, in pipeline inspection, during ESA ExoMars simulations, and both military and personal research.
It’s designed to be affordable and open, meaning everyone can get on on their own and see through the layers of code and hardware to know what is inside and what is to improve in the area of one’s expertise. This way the community is formed not only by the company team itself, but by people all over the World who want to built something meaningful together.