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Hacking Autism

Dozens of developers, designers and digital innovators came together at the Hacking Autism Twilio Hackathon in San Francisco. The 24-hour event kicked off saturday morning. A prize pack courtesy of Twilio and Leap Motion will be given to the teams that develop the best applications. And Twilio will donate $1,000 to Autism Speaks in the name of the winning team.

 

 

We teamed up with AT&T to crowdsource the most empowering and helpful app ideas from the people who know autism best: you, the autism community. With the votes counted and 12 winning app ideas selected, we’re now challenging developers to turn those apps into a reality at a Hacking Autism Hackathon during Autism Awareness Month.

We very much appreciate and greatly value the various perspectives shared through the flash blog and throughout the process of making the film, ‘I Want to Say.’ We are particularly grateful to the individuals on the spectrum, including those within Autism Speaks and those who were integral in the creation of the documentary, who not only help to shape our views, but who serve as our True North in everything that we do here at Autism Speaks.

During the past month and a half, we have been working with AT&T to crowdsource the most empowering and helpful app ideas for the autism community.  More than 230 community members submitted their ideas through the Autism Speaks Facebook page.  After nearly 1,200 votes, a total of 12 winners were selected, three in each of four categories: verbal, non-verbal, school-aged and adult.  Today, we're excited to announce our winners, each of which are receiving a waterproof Pantech Element tablet from AT&T while the ide

This blog post was written by Alexis Hiniker, a co-founder of Go Go Games Studios. Go Go Games Studios was created by Joy Wong Daniels, Alexis Hiniker, and Heidi Williamson, who met as graduate students in Stanford University’s Learning, Design and Technology program. Daniels is an interaction designer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) alum, and former marketing director at The Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco.

Jan Ziff has over 30 years in broadcasting - with an audience of over 120 million listeners. She creates, produces and hosts Sound*Bytes, an award winning computer radio show heard nationally and internationally on CBS News, now in its 22nd year of continuous broadcast. Jan is fascinated by technology and how it helps people in their daily lives.  She and her husband live between hither and yon with a motley crew of dogs!