Robyn wins Swedish university prize for ’embracing technology’

The singer has been given the KTH Royal Institute of Technology's Great Prize.

Robyn has been honoured with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm’s Great Prize.

The electronic pop artist has been awarded the prize because of her “artistic contributions and embrace of technology”. She has won 1.2 million Swedish kronor (£117,197), which she will be donating to a cause of her choosing. “I will make a donation to a cause that I know is specifically consistent with the character of the prize. I’m still thinking. There are so many important issues, but I would like it to reflect the vision of the future, education and have a scientific foundation,” said Robyn in a statement.

Upon winning the prize, Robyn commented: “I can honestly say that it is difficult to process. The fact that the jury finds that I correspond to the description of KTH’s Great Prize – it’s overwhelming to think about. I am truly humbled to be one of the winners for this amazing, fine prize.”

Previous winners of the prestigious Great Prize include Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Nobel laureate Hannes Alfvén and Jensen and Volvo’s co-founder Assar Gabrielsson. KTH President Peter Gudmundson says of Robyn’s win: “Through her music, her entrepreneurship, and her integrity, she is an amazing role model to many and she makes use of new technology in an exciting way. Music and technology have many similarities – both are borderless and affect people in their everyday lives. Also, I personally like several of her songs.”

Earlier this year a group of students at KTH started building a robot in honour of Robyn. The mechatronics class at Sweden’s biggest technical university plan to dedicate an entire year to The Robot Project, in which they will build a live robot inspired by the singer, whose tracks like ‘Fembot’ and ‘Robot Boy’ show she has a penchant for all things android. The project will be completed in January 2014.

As Pitchfork reports, the singer visited the students to chat about how the robot would look. According to the KTH blog, Robyn “came up with a lot of awesome ideas. Particularly what the robot should look like, material-wise, and thoughts about different kind of dance moves.”