Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hacking Autism LIVE Chat!


HP • Austim Speaks • Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation • Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, we have decided to postpone the first live Hacking Autism web chat. We understand that there are many families along the east coast struggling with power outages, loss of internet and phone capability and some with damage to their homes. We hope our community came through the storm safe from harm. Therefore our 2 web chats will be:

-Sept 6th 7pm EDT
-Sept 13th 7pm EDT

You will be able to join HERE.


Autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S., affects 1 in 110 children. Many of these people have difficulty communicating and expressing themselves. We believe technology can help. Technology is in no way a cure. In fact, we’re not out to cure autism. Our goal is to help people today, with the knowledge and skills we have.


Technology has always promised to make our lives better. Finally, it’s actually doing it. Touch technology is giving people with autism a way to communicate and express themselves like never before. It is giving people with autism a voice. Some, for the very first time.

By working together to create touch applications for people with autism, the HP Hackathon is unleashing software’s potential to adapt hardware and advance technology. It’s an invitation for the tech community to unite. It’s an open call for collaboration that will make a real difference in the lives of a growing community.


The Hackathon event will bring together Hacking Autism’s Advisory board, experts in Autism, technologist and people on the spectrum. This catalyst event takes the ideas submitted to the Hacking Autism website to a multidisciplinary group to actually create applications for people to use free of charge.

Advisory Board
Phil McKinney – HP
Chris Mertens – HP
David Canora – Disney
Jim St. Leger – Intel
Jennifer Leighton – Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children
Kate Grandbois – Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children
Peter Bell – Autism Speaks
Andy Shih – Autism Speaks
Simon Wallace – Autism Speaks
Shannon Kay – May Institute
John Robison – Autism Speaks