About Us

Our team is motivated to create code and art that stands apart.

We created Robots and Pencils in 2009 with a vision that mobile computing will be more transformative than the Internet. Launched with one robot and one pencil, we now have a team of hugely talented robots and pencils in Canada, the UK and the US.
Along the way we’ve created more than 250 apps used by
77 million people worldwide.

Our robots and pencils love building apps,

and are motivated to create code and art that stands apart.

Our developers are encouraged to think of novel and unconventional approaches to programming challenges. Our artists take the same approach to design.

The team we’ve created gives us the flexibility to develop products of our own as well as work with some of the best and most innovative companies in the world.


The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award honours those who build the market-leading companies that make our communities, our country and the world a better place.

  • Michael Sikorsky, CEO 2014, Ready, Set, Grow participant, World Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Michael Sikorsky, CEO 2013, prairies EY Entrepreneur of the Year for technology and communication

The Digi Awards are Canada’s premier annual showcase of the remarkable companies, products and people who are making waves in the digital media industry.

  • Discover Entrepreneurship! 2012 nominee, Best in E-Learning award

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

  • Spy vs Spy 2013 nominee, Best Game - Mobile and Apps

The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs.

  • Shaw app 2013, Best Entertainment Mobile App 2013, Best Media Streaming Mobile App
  • Spy vs Spy 2013, Best Game Mobile App
  • Dino Movie Maker: dFX 2013, Best Entertainment Mobile App

We love learning

and promoting it in the good that we do.

Whether it’s volunteering our time, providing our services or offering monetary support, we give back to the communities we work with through what we like to call Acts of Liberation or Acts of Education.


Are you striving to be a future robot or pencil? You have a chance to take home $1000 scholarship to support your studies.

Applying is simple. If you’re in your second, third or fourth year of computer engineering, computer science or visual design, tell us why you’re passionate about your program and what you have done to express this passion. We need some confirmation of your love for your program, so please include a official transcript to show us how hardcore you are.

Deadline: December 1, 2015


Michael Sikorsky, CEO, and the winners of Beaver's Den

Entrepreneur in Residence

Each year, we help coach engineering students and would-be entrepreneurs in the art of starting a business through Startup School at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering.

Interested students and alumni are taken through nearly a year-long process of prep classes teaching them how to start and run their own businesses. The year is kicked-off with Startup School, an intensive weekend workshop that introduces participants to the tools needed to become successful entrepreneurs. Monthly Fireside chats are hosted throughout the year as guiding points and mentoring sessions. The year concludes with Beaver’s Den — what we like to describe as Dragon’s Den, but nicer.

YYC iOS Meetup

We help foster Calgary’s local iOS developer community by facilitating and hosting regular iOS Meetups. iPhone and iPad developers at all levels of experience come to our HQ to share ideas, work through coding issues and connect with other developers.

Our popular iOS Meetup

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