National Center for Technology Innovation

NCTI Tech in the Works Competition

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NCTI sponsors this annual competition to contribute research on the impact of AT for learning as well as to foster collaboration between researchers and vendors in the field. Findings from each team are presented as part of the Tech Expo at the NCTI Technology Innovators Conference in November in Washington, DC. See the 2009 Tech Expo.

2010 Competition Awards

The 2010 Tech in the Works awards have been announced. We are pleased to offer $20,000 of matching funds to four exceptional teams. From iPads as communication devices to storybooks for deaf kindergartners, NCTI looks forward to the findings of these four teams.

Past Winners

View abstracts from past Technology in the Works competition winners.

Featured Tech in the Works Awardee: 

Touching Lives and Creating Abilities: Social and Communication Skills with the iPad

Awarded in 2010 to: Scott Renner and Margaret Flores, Auburn University (researchers) and
Lloyd Cooper and Foster Phillips, PUSH Product Design (vendors)

The Touching Lives project involves a collaboration between Auburn University’s Assistive Technology and PUSH Product Design to improve social and communication skills of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) utilizing the Apple iPad.

PUSH Product Design has developed communication software and podcasts designed for the Apple iPad. The communication software targets the children’s communication skills and the podcasts will target the children’s social skills. The podcasts will display social story interventions using words, pictures, audio and video.

Auburn University’s Assistive Technology will examined the use of the device with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically with non-verbal features, between the ages of six and ten, during a summer camp for students with disabilities.

See local coverage of how the project is going: