Founded in Dublin, Ireland in 2013, SoapBox Labs is on a mission to power accurate, safe and age-appropriate voice experiences for 2-12 year old kids everywhere.

Our proprietary technology is modeled on kids’ speech, language and behaviors, and is independently verified by The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) at FSU and MIT Media Lab for its extremely high levels of accuracy.

The voice technology used in mobile phones or other devices isn’t nearly sophisticated enough to be used with children. SoapBox Labs has spent the last 7 years developing voice technology that delivers a useful and positive experience for kids, their teachers and their parents. Our SoapBox Fluency solution, launched in 2020, is the first of its kind to power voice-enabled remote reading fluency assessments for kids in grades 1-6. SoapBox Fluency delivers 95% accuracy - a level comparable to that of human assessors.

Third party companies use our technology to voice-enable smart toys, games, apps and robots. We also power voice-enabled education tools specifically in the area of literacy and English language learning assessments and practice. SoapBox Labs has over 30 customers in the education and entertainment industries including Amplify (edtech), MIT Media Lab (robotics), and FCRR (edtech).

SoapBox Labs was one of Wired UK's hottest startups of 2019 and receives regular coverage in industry leading publications like TechCrunch, Forbes, Voicebot and EdSurge. The company was founded by CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon, one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech globally in 2018.


About Our Speaker

Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder and CEO

Dr. Patricia Scanlon is the Founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, an award winning AI company offering kid-specific voice technology for reading, language learning, games and robots. Dr. Scanlon founded SoapBox Labs in 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Patricia holds a PhD and has over 20 years experience working in speech recognition technology, including at Bell Labs and IBM. She has been granted 3 patents, with two pending. She is an acclaimed TEDx speaker, TechCrunch contributor, and in 2018 was named one of Forbes "Top 50 Women in Tech" globally. She is also a parent, with two young kids.

October 7th at 11:35 AM EDT | The Tipping Point for Kid Specific Voice Technology

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The Tipping Point for Kid Specific Voice Technology by Dr. Patricia Scanlon