Samantha Payne

Co-Founder and COO

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Projects credited in

About me

Samantha Payne is co-founder of Open Bionics – an award-winning start up based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England – which develops low-cost bionic hands that look and feel good, for amputees or those born without a hand. The company won a $250,000 cash prize at the finals of Intel’s ‘Make it Wearable Challenge’ in 2014 and is now part of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Samantha regularly speaks at international conferences, recently representing women in tech at events in Brazil, Russia and Singapore, and she has just been named as one of the Top 25 Women in Robotics You Should Know about by Robohub.

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  • Robotics
  • Wearable Technology
  • Design Innovation
  • Engineering

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • The Drum

    The Drum

    • Marketing & PR
  • Wunderman UK

    Wunderman UK

    • Advertising

Work history



Open Bionics

Jul 2014
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • We are revolutionising healthcare by using 3D scanning and 3D printing to dramatically cut the cost of fitting hand amputees with robotic prosthetics. We're blending robotics, fashion, and wearable technology to create light-weight, affordable prosthetics, that are inspiring to wear. Now holding the official licenses for Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm inspired bionic hands.



BA Journalism English Literature

University of Chester

Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
  • Chester, United Kingdom