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Hacking Autism

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community.

This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising.

Since our first "hackathon" in October 2011, we've been thinking, rethinking and, err, hacking our way through what worked, what didn't work, and where we want to take the program in the future. I wanted to personally reach out to you to give you an update and to let you know what is going on with the program and what you can expect.

This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising.

I first found out about David Chesney's software engineering class at dinner with Donald Brinkman from Microsoft. We were talking about different ways technology is impacting autism, and introduced us via e-mail. I was intrigued by the idea of students spending an entire semester, hacking and developing games for autism therapies using Microsoft Kinect devices. As a geek, this was just too good to be true!

This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising. He recently attended CES to support the launch of a strategic partnership with Careverge.com.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is big, really big. Crazy big. The annual show hosts some 140,000 attendees and features some of the most incredible technology, gadgets and ideas that shape how we interact with our world. The main purpose of my attending was to support a recent partnership between Autism Speaks and Audax Health's Careverge [link].