LAST DAY FOR APP ENTRIES: Crowdsourcing to Hack Autism: App Ideas from the Community, for the Community

AutismAppToday, one in 88 children is on the autism spectrum, according to a Centers for Disease Control study, and health officials have noted the prevalence is increasing.

As part of our commitment to innovation and an open network, AT&T has teamed up with Autism Speaks to host a “Hacking Autism” app contest to develop the most empowering and helpful app ideas from the autism community, and bring those ideas to third party developers.

All entrees must be submitted by Feb. 3. Finalists will be announced on Feb. 11. The authors of the top three app ideas in each category will receive a Pantech Element tablet. And the winning app ideas will form the basis of an upcoming AT&T Hackathon, where programmers will learn about developing for people on the autism spectrum and compete to bring the app ideas to life.

For more information on how to enter the contest, visit https://www.facebook.com/autismspeaks?v=app_306225262780703&rest=1

For additional details about the contest and how it came about, visit http://attinnovationspace.com/innovation/story/a7787166.

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Crowdsourcing to Hack Autism: App Ideas from the Community, for the Community

At least once a day I think to myself “what would I do without my smartphone?” No question — mobile technology has made our daily lives a little easier.

That sentiment is even greater in the autism community. Educators, parents and researchers have seen the benefits of touch screen tablets, mobile devices and apps to help individuals on the autism spectrum organize, learn and connect. This is particularly important because today, one in 88 children is on the autism spectrum, according to a Centers for Disease Control study, and health officials have noted the prevalence is increasing.

As part of our commitment to innovation and an open network, we’ve teamed up with Autism Speaks to crowdsource the most empowering and helpful app ideas from the autism community, and bring those ideas to third party developers. To that end, we’re hosting an app idea contest on the Autism Speaks Facebook page.  We’re asking for idea submissions in four categories: apps for those on the autism spectrum who are verbal, non-verbal, school-aged (K-12) and adults.

If you have a personal connection to autism and have an app that you would like to see made, enter by Feb. 3. Then, on Feb. 11, we’ll announce the finalists and the community will select the winners by voting for their favorite ideas. The authors of the top three app ideas in each category receive a Pantech Element tablet. And the winning app ideas will form the basis of an upcoming hackathon, where programmers will learn about developing for people on the autism spectrum, and compete to bring the app ideas to life.

At AT&T, we’re dedicated to fostering these important connections that spark innovation, teach us all things that we didn’t know before, and create new technologies to make our lives just a little easier.

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