How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey | Patricia Scanlon | TEDxUniversityofLimerick

A child’s proficiency at learning to read by age 8 is a key indicator of their future success. Yet across the richest and poorest countries of the world, millions of children lack the support they need to learn to read. Technology can help children at all stages along the reading journey – a journey that starts long before they read their first sentence. Dr. Patricia Scanlon has been recognised by Forbes in 2018 as one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech. Dr. Scanlon holds a PhD and 20 years experience in Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence – including at IBM Research and Bell Labs. She is currently Founder and CEO at SoapBox Labs – pioneering state-of-the-art accurate, age-appropriate and safe speech recognition for children. SoapBox Labs technology has application in gaming, VR/AR, toys, robotics as well as for accessibility and education – literacy and language learning for children. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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