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Robot in Residence South Africa

2023 November-December will be the South African premiere of this program a NAO 6 humanoid robot will be hosted for two months. During this time, the Goethe-Institut offers 4 participants an opportunity to work closely with the NAO.


  • An opportunity to work closely with the robot. 
  • 18 000 ZAR stipend for each of the 4 team members (this covers all their costs, stay etc during project)
  • Access to a residency/working space at TMG Makerspace and partners.
  • Shared community event space
  • Local creative community/network
  • Technical support
  • Workshops and skill development opportunities
  • Connections to academic and creative networks through the project partners

Advisory Institutes for the selection of applicants:

  • IIS
  • RAIL Lab
  • TMG Makerspace
  • AOI

Commitment to Diversity

Robots-in-Residence is committed to embracing and enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, and encourages applications from individuals across racial, ethnic, geographic, socio-economic, cultural, age, gender, and sexual orientation spectrums.

About the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. With 158 institutes in 98 countries, it promotes knowledge of German abroad, encourages international cultural exchange and conveys an image of contemporary Germany. Our cultural and educational programs encourage inter-cultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centers and cultural societies, we are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.


Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation is an independent and autonomous interdisciplinary institute in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University.

We work amidst the collapse of promise that pervades the exhausted state of music as a colonial academic discipline, pushing beyond its catechisms, its taboos, its hermetically sealed conversations, its silo thinking, its fear of change. We celebrate and curate the music archive as central to our desire for a future music studies, and cultivate a free space for interdisciplinary scholarship, experimentation and creative and intellectual risk-taking.

About IIS

One of the strategic thrusts of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is to lead Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) was established in 2016 within the University to act as a catalyst towards the UJ Strategy for Global Excellence and Stature (GES). IIS is one of UJ's flagship institutes for Global Excellence and Stature (GES 4.0).

Academic Development - The Institute deals with the development of multidisciplinary taught and online programs for postgraduate qualification and continuing professional development, for capacity building in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, Internet of Things (IoT), to name but a few areas.

Strategic Research - Research is currently being done to implement various 4IR technologies in fields such as Cyber-Physical Systems, Optimization, Predictive Maintenance, Controls and Communication.
Enterprise Development - IIS's enterprise facet works with industry and government entities in solving their problems using state of- the-art innovations.

About TMG Makerspace

TMG Makerspace seeks to promote and enable access to innovation through collaborative making, training, upskilling, and experimentation. Some of the practical engagements housed in the space include 4IR technologies such as 3D Printing, IoT (Internet of Things), Robotics, and Design for Digital Fabrication. TMG offers product development services to those looking to build products using or in the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Data Analytics. TMG is also committed to providing skills development opportunities to underrepresented communities, especially previously disadvantaged youth, in emerging technologies like 3D Printing, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things.


Nao Robot Goethe Insititut Johannesburg Partners 


Vulane Mthembu

Project Coordinator Gamebox
Tel.: +27 11 442 3232
Email: Vulane.Mthembu@goethe.de