Daniya Syed is a robotics enthusiast and is passionate about helping underprivileged people. Earlier this month she was selected as a finalist for the NSW Women of the Year Awards under the “One-To-Watch” Category.

This category recognises girls and young women aged 7-17, who demonstrate courage, strength, determination, and/or kindness to support those around them.

Daniya Syed with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

From over 60 nominees, only 9 were selected as finalists who were honoured through a two-day event. On the 9th of March, the Finalists for the OTW category were invited to a private morning tea hosted by Minister of Women Bronnie Taylor held in the NSW State Library where the girls socialised with one another.

The main event was held the next day in the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, where many significant personalities were present, such as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.


She is the only young girl from Greater Sydney Region selected as a finalist under ‘The One to Watch’ category and also is the youngest female of Pakistani origin qualifying in NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Daniya succeeded in several FLL & FTC Robotics regional and national championships along with her team and qualified to represent Australia Internationally Twice, FLL Estonian Open 2018 and FLL Japan Open 2019.

Daniya has ventured into a variety of technology-based projects ranging from App Development to hardware development. She has a keen interest in new and emerging technologies and is a strong advocate for girls to embrace Robotics & Artificial Intelligence.

Amongst her many projects, her most recent project “Bionic Hand” received recognition at the NSW Women of the Year Awards. The Bionic hand is an artificial device that allows a user to mimic the hand motions or gestures of their hand onto the Robotic Hand by projecting their every movement.

The robotic technology provides human-like dexterity in a variety of environments where a human cannot physically be present. It is operated remotely through a haptic glove using tactile sensors. The robotic hands purpose is to assist those with disabilities.

Daniya also received Achievement Award from High Commissioner of Pakistan at Pakistan Day event in Sydney on Sat 20 March 2021.

Daniya is an active volunteer for various charity organizations and she actively participates in Ramadan Food Drive, promote girl’s education in Pakistan and other charitable initiatives to help the community and underprivileged people.