Sophia, the first robot to receive citizenship, to arrive in Nepal

Sophia, a social humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics, is arriving in Nepal for the UNDP conference on Technology for Public Services/Development on Wednesday, March 21.

Sophia’s visit to Nepal is to address a conference of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Asia-Pacific focusing on innovation. The aim of this conference is to assist Nepal in the advancement of technology and innovation sectors for achieving sustainable development.

“As part of our efforts to facilitate discussions on how technology and innovation could contribute to better governance, and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP is organizing the conference where Sophia will be take part,” UNDP said.

During the seminar, Sofia will be the keynote speaker will also interact with the participants, informed UNDP. The conference will provide an exposure to the latest technology to the speakers and participants allowing them to share and learn new ideas, experiences and lessons on the use of technology for development.

Know more about Sophia

Sophia was created by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. Sophia was activated on April 19, 2015 and made her first public appearance at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States. She is able to display more than 62 facial expressions. In October 2017, the robot became a Saudi Arabian citizen, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country. In November 2017, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme's first ever Innovation Champion, and the first non-human to be given any United Nations title.

Venue: Yak and Yeti Hotel

Date: March 21, 2018

Time: 2:30 pm (open to public)