About Us

We're On A Mission for Kids

SoapBox Labs empowers kids of all ages, accents and backgrounds to use their voices to shape the world around them.

We’ve worked hard to deliver the highest performing speech recognition solution for kids in the market and we’re proud that our low-code, proprietary voice engine has been independently validated as the most accurate available anywhere.

SoapBox is a R&D driven company, with an ever expanding team of world-class AI and machine learning experts. Many of us are also parents, so we understand first-hand the privacy and accuracy challenges associated with voice-enabled experiences for kids.

Protecting kids’ fundamental right to voice data privacy is a cornerstone of our company mission and philosophy. Learn more.

The SoapBox voice engine is flexible, scalable, customizable and can be delivered online, offline, and soon, as a lightweight embedded solution. We license our technology to K-12 education and edtech companies, toy, entertainment, consumer and kidtech companies globally. 

Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder & Executive Chair

Dr. Patricia Scanlon holds a PhD and has over 20 years’ experience working in speech recognition technology, including at Bell Labs and IBM. An acclaimed TEDx speaker, Dr. Scanlon has been named one of the world’s top women in tech by Forbes and a “Visionary in Voice” by industry leading publication Voicebot.AI.

Inspired by her oldest child and her background as a speech engineer, Dr. Scanlon founded SoapBox Labs in 2013 to redefine how children interact with technology using their voices.

Dr. Scanlon’s 2019 TEDx Talk, “How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey,” is a must-see for professionals in the voice, edtech and kidtech industries.

Dr. Martyn Farrows, CEO

Dr. Farrows joined SoapBox Labs in 2017 as Chief Operations Officer to lead operations, business development, and strategic partnerships. His appointment to the CEO role in May 2021 came as the company made significant new investments in each of our two core offerings: SoapBox Educate and SoapBox Play.

Martyn has more than 25 years’ experience, with a particular focus on learning technologies/AI for children. He is a specialist in the area of children’s data privacy and has been a member of the Irish Government’s Data Forum since its inception in June 2015.  

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"A pleasure. Easy to use and well built”

“The best technology in the speech detection and comprehension world for children.”

“SoapBox puts children on the map for voice assistants.”

“Educational organizations are keen to work with SoapBox"

"Award-winning voice tech that actually understands kids' speech"

“SoapBox Labs has made a name for itself as the leader in automated speech recognition for kids.”

“SoapBox Labs has developed a unique speech recognition technology that actually works for children.”

“There is a high degree of consistency between assessor and SoapBox speech verification. SoapBox speech verification is not producing biased results”.

Work With Us

Join our diverse team, here in Dublin or remotely, for a fun, collaborative and fast-paced role with a privacy-first, world-class, kid-focused, AI-driven speech recognition company.

Getting Started

Whether you’re developing an online, offline or embedded voice-enabled solution for kids, start by accessing our Developer Portal where you’ll find docs, demos and access to a trial API.