AzuleJoe wins Nesta inclusive technology prize
17 May 2016
AzuleJoe was awarded £50,000 at the first ever Nesta Inclusive Technology Prize.
The prize will help bring its communication aid to market.
Helping to find a voice
AzuleJoe is a free app helping give a voice to people with communication difficulties.
It shows a set of icons representing words which a user choose to find the word or phrase they want to say. The app then says the word or phrase for them.
It runs on most laptops, tablets and even Kindles.
Volunteers from around the world contribute to its development.
The creators behind AzuleJoe
Programmer Joe Reddington and speech and language therapy technician Kate McCallum developed AzuleJoe together.
Joe and Kate both have brothers who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.
They met when Kate was working at the independent specialist college where Joe’s brother went to school.
AAC devices like the ones Joe produces do already exist.
‘My little brother’s life was changed by one of those tools.
‘But it was £5,000. The devices break down a lot, and the supply is not sufficient.’
The aim with AzuleJoe is to solve these issues and make AAC devices available across the globe.