On March 12th, app developers competed for a total of $50,000 prize money in the event Pitch Playground, hosted by Autism Speaks and Google. The top winners were:
- 1st place, $25,000, to Steve Espinosa for PuzzlePiece – a preloaded app on a tablet that contains visual social stories that families can personalize to help teach daily life skills to children with autism.
- 2nd place, $15,000, to Behavior Imaging Solutions NODA – an app that screens for red-flag behaviors that suggest autism.
- 3rd place, $10,000 “audience choice”, to InfiniTeach – for an app that helps teachers and parents customize digital lesson plans for students with developmental disabilities.
I remember when my family started to look for helpful apps that Jennifer, my autistic sister, could utilize. It was overwhelming as there were so many different apps to choose from. Events such as Pitch Playground are great because they help parents navigate through the clutter of apps out there.
Get more details on Pitch Playground in this article.