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We help our clients use mobile, web and frontier technologies

to transform their businesses.
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Trusted strategic partner to some of the world's best brands.

We've helped 175+ clients reach 77 million people worldwide with innovative solutions.
Our Work

Human-first. Mobile-ready.

We reinforce our clients as leaders in their fields by creating early and competitive advantages.

Created for the University of Texas System — one of the largest public university systems in the US — TEx is a data-driven, mobile-only learning platform designed to make degree programs more personalized, accessible and affordable. Real-time data and integrated social features allow faculty and staff to better support each student — personalizing their learning, targeting interventions, and continuously improving the educational experience.

Data icon Granular view of each student's progress with real-time data
User Flows icon Information architecture and user flows based on user personas and usability testing
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126 students in the biomedical sciences program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley piloted TEx.

Among the first in the world to launch an Apple Watch app, WestJet continues to stay ahead of the curve offering their on-the-go customers a paper-free travel experience. Their top-ranking iPhone and iPad app is used by millions of guests throughout their travel journey. It gives instant access to the information guests need, making booking, accessing trip details, and using inflight entertainment easier than ever before.

top-ranking icon Top-ranking app
users icon Millions of users
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2017 Best Airline In CanadaTripAdvisor

Our strategic partnership with Robots & Pencils has brought our digital vision to life. They continue to challenge conventional standards and boundaries, are keen to share their passion, and provide valuable insight to further the experience provided in our iOS product offerings.

— Karen Kajla, Manager, Mobile Strategy & Emerging Technologies

Breaking down the walls of the brick-and-mortar establishment with disruptive conversational interfaces and bot-driven insights. Robots & Pencils helped create Varo, a personalized, mobile-only bank offering customers proactive feedback, non-predatory lending products, personal finance analysis and real-time budgeting advice from a 24/7 financial coach -- a chatbot named Val.

Bot icon Bot-driven insights
UI icon Disruptive conversational interfaces
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The Robots & Pencils team really pulled out all the stops for us.

— Colin Walsh, CEO and Co-founder, Varo Money
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Built upon the latest technologies in computational linguistics and machine learning, is a conversational analytics assistant that helps access, search and analyze data. This cloud-based software lets users ask questions in their own words and get immediate answers, eliminating the complex, time-consuming and frustrating process of data interaction. Robots & Pencils supported since inception, providing added natural language processing capability, and design and development services.

machine learning icon Leveraging machine learning
language processing icon Natural language processing
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Robots & Pencils has been a key contributor on our team since the beginning. Their expertise of the NLP ecosystem was important in helping us craft and realize our vision.

— Kelly Cherniwchan, CEO & Co-Founder
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From enterprises to startups, companies around the globe are using Missions (now live in Slack as Workflow Builder) to work smarter in Slack. Created as our first FunLabs project, Missions allows anyone to craft their own complex workflows to coordinate activities between people, saving employees time and energy.

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The Missions team has built on Slack for a long time, and they are deeply familiar with our product and our customers’ needs. Together, we’ll be able to unlock the power of the platform for a whole new set of Slack users, and ultimately help teams get work done more quickly.

– Brian Elliott, General Manager, Slack Platform
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Everything we do starts by blending the sciences with the humanities,

the Robots with the Pencils.
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Ideas and insights that drive business transformation.
Informed by data intelligence and industry experience, we future-proof organizations by unlocking unknown potential.
strategy callouts: business analysis, user insights, technical strategy, performance analytics, campaign planning
experience callouts: application and web design, information and interaction design, user experience research and testing, visioning, creative design
User interactions that delight and inspire.
With a human-first approach, we create experiences users crave.
Deep platform expertise.
Our industry-leading, in-house talent craft each line of code, delivering on the biggest and boldest ideas.
technology callouts: iOS and Android development, bots and conversational user interfaces, machine learning and natural language processing, fullstack development, CMS customization and integration

We work with global clients across industries

We bring creativity and technology together in new ways to engage, inspire and entertain.

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Our Story

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We embrace a talent-led culture

Our work is driven by our team’s desire to be pioneers.

In 2009, we created Robots & Pencils with the then-contrarian view that mobile would be more transformative than the Internet. Turns out we were right.

Today, our thinking is rooted in the belief that, in the age of unprecedented technology acceleration, maintaining a competitive advantage requires new strategies and a focus on innovation.

Our approach has been to create a company designed to follow the talent, allowing us to amass an unfair share of hyper-skilled people who call Robots & Pencils home. A team of people who not only develop innovative solutions to transform businesses, but also create products that have been previously inconceivable.

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