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Children's speech recognition for apps and services

Childrens's Speech Recognition


SoapBox Labs and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Tackle Childhood Literacy

SoapBox Labs today announced a partnership with Microsoft in an effort to combat the growing global childhood literacy crisis. Through the partnership, SoapBox Labs will bring its AI-driven child-specific speech recognition technology to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to deliver a scalable and cost-effective solution for child literacy which is available across global markets.

Read the Press Release here

Speech Technology for the Real World

If you develop voice-enabled apps and services for children, you might have noticed that the speech recognition technology you use doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

At Soapbox Labs we develop speech recognition solutions specifically for children’s voices to ensure the highest accuracy possible.

Our proprietary models are trained on real-world data, which makes our speech recognition work accurately in classrooms, playgrounds, cars and homes.

Voice Control

Voice control of home/smart devices, mobile devices, AR & VR integration, interactive toys, robotics, gaming.


Conversation & engagament through entertainment based conversations & edutainment and education based games.

Speech Assessment

Speech & pronunciation assessment for reading and english language learning as kids learn to read and build fluency.

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Cloud Based

Our cloud based API is easy to integrate into third party apps and web services and works seamlessly across any device or platform.

High Accuracy

We use state of the art deep neural networks based speech technology and a large diverse database that yields high accuracy performance for accents and dialects from around the globe.

Noisy Environments

Our speech technology works robustly on all mobile devices and laptops in uncontrolled, real-world noise environments, without the use of headsets.



Dr. Patricia Scanlon

Founder & CEO

Dr. Martyn Farrows


Qiru Zhou

Chief Scientist

Robert O’Regan

Director of Engineering

Dr. Amelia Kelly

Director of Speech Recognition

Ronan Tumelty

Lead Software Developer

Nick Parslow

Lead Computational Linguist

Brenda McGuirk

Product Manager

Arnaud Letondor

Software Engineer

Eleni Karamichali

Speech Scientist

Joseph Cheevers

Software Developer

Dr. Armin Saeb

Senior Speech Scientist

Aoife Corbett

Communications Officer

Aaron Tay


Karel Veselý

Technical Advisor


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