Mobsya - Robots éducatifs Thymio


What is Mobsya?

Mobsya is a non-profit association whose goal is to promote science and technology respectfully towards the human being and his environmnent.

Mobsya takes care of the Thymio production and manages some things that turn around these little robots. It couldnt' have done this without the support of dozens of contributors. They can be institutions like EPFL, ETHZ, écal, or Weizmann Institute of Science, they can be individuals who help produce educational material, tutorials, translations, or they can be members of the Aseba & Thymio community who maintain and enhance the tools necessary to Thymio, everyone is important. As we are remodeling our website, we wanted to address them a huge thank you!

Thank you to every member of the Aseba & Thymio community and thanks to you who support us and give us motivation to always do better with Thymio.



Francesco Mondada Founding member
Stéphane MagnenatFounding member
Paolo RossettiMemberCommittee member
Michael Bonani Founding memberCommittee member
Christophe Barraud MemberPresident
Morgane Chevalier Member


Between 2008 and 2010, the MOBOTS group of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), managed by Francesco Mondada, organised every year a robotic festival attracting several thousands of visitors. Thanks to the success of this event, Mariza Freire has been hired to take care of the organisation and to manage the festivals since 2010. Beside the festival itselfs, the practical workshops in robotics were extremely appreciated.

In parallel, the MOBOT group was developing, since 2006, an affordable robot for children based on an idea born in the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (écal). It was called Thymio. It could be taken into pieces, it possesed some pre-installed programs but couldn't be programed. In 2009, the first Thymio were produced under the supervision of Fanny Riedo and used with children.

In 2010, two PhD students from MOBOTS group, Michaël Bonani and Stéphane Magnenat, were finishing their thesis. Seeing the desire of the public converging with the skills of the new doctors and the know-how of the MOBOTS group, Francesco, Mariza, Michaël, Stéphane and Fanny created Mobsya. Since then, a tight collaboration between MOBOTS, écal and Mobsya members began to develop Thymio II.


Thanks to the respective expertise of these actors, Thymio II took shape. Fanny Riedo and Philippe Rétornaz from MOBOTS, accompagnied by Michaël Bonani from Mobsya, by Stéphane Magnenat, researcher at ETH Zürich and member of Mobsya, and by Jiwon Shin, researcher at ETH Zürich, embarked on the adventure. Mecatronics, components choice, production, creation of the firmware and Aseba for Thymio II were the great axes of the development. Luc Bergeron and Laurent Soldini from écal took care of dressing Thymio up. They also gave advices concerning visual and interaction design. From this boiling cauldron of ideas, energy and time given without counting came out Thymio II, a brand new revised version of the first one. Thanks to the support of the Loterie Romande, 1'000 of them have been produced in April 2011.

Between 2011 and 2014, Mobsya managed and developed the production and selling of more than 5'700 Thymio II. More than 1'100 of them were sent to public and private schools. 79% of the Thymio have been sold in Switzerland, 14% of them travelled in Europe, 4% towards the USA and the last 3% have gone to discover the rest of the world.


Mobsya is and will stay a non-profit association. Our goal is not financial, we want to allow everyone to discover science, robotics and to help them understand this technology that surrounds us. Despite of everything, if we want to live, produce Thymio and keep on enhancing it, we need financial support. By making a donation to Mobsa, you help us to keep on developing Thymio and everything that surrounds it.

Many thanks for your generosity.

Postal account : 10-228806-9
IBAN : CH88 0900 0000 1022 8806 9


Association Mobsya
Chemin du Closel 5
1020 Renens
Phone: +41 (0)32 511 64 93
Identification number: CHE-115.504.706


You will find the statutes of the Mobsya association here.