About Us

SoapBox Labs​

SoapBox Labs specializes in the development of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for kids.

Our speech recognition software is integrated into third-party education and entertainment apps, tools, games, and robotics for kids ages 2 to 12.

Prestigious clients like Amplify, Lingumi, and the Florida Center for Reading Research use our technology in their products and research, confirming its world-class levels of accuracy.

7 Years of Growth

Founded in 2013 by speech engineer and scientist Dr. Patricia Scanlon, the SoapBox Labs team includes world-renowned experts in the area of speech recognition. Our internationally diverse team has over 120 years of accumulated speech recognition experience, and is responsible for 11 patents and over 100 internationally peer-reviewed publications.

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The "Band"

The original team looked more like a cool band than a deep tech, AI driven company with huge opportunities and ambitions!

The Startup

By 2017, we had gathered an international team comprising a diverse mix of world class science, engineering and business talent.

The Company

By mid 2019, the team had more than doubled in size again. We continue to hire great talent into all areas in 2020.

Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder & CEO

Recognized by Forbes in December 2018 as one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech, Dr. Scanlon holds a PhD and 20 years experience in Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. In 2013, inspired by the needs of her oldest child, she envisioned a speech technology that would redefine how children acquire literacy.

Dr. Scanlon’s 2019 TEDx: “How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey” has garnered over 40,000 views.

Voicebot names Dr. Patricia Scanlon a “Visionary in Voice”

Voicebot names Dr. Patricia Scanlon a “Visionary in Voice”

In December 2020, CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon was recognized as a “Visionary In Voice” by Voicebot.ai, the voice industry’s leading publication.

Patricia (Trish) is 6th on Voicebot’s list of 17 global leaders, a list that includes the CEOs and founders of Amazon, Google, SoundHound, Viv Labs, and Cerence.

Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder & CEO

Recognized by Forbes in December 2018 as one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech, Dr. Scanlon holds a PhD and has 20 years’ experience in Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. In 2013, after watching her eldest child engage with a reading app, she set out to found a speech recognition technology that would redefine how children acquire literacy.

Dr. Scanlon’s 2019 TEDx Talk, “How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey,” has over 40,000 views. Watch it below.

Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder & CEO

Recognized by Forbes in December 2018 as one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech, Dr. Scanlon holds a PhD and 20 years experience in Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. In 2013, inspired by the needs of her oldest child, she envisioned a speech technology that would redefine how children acquire literacy.

Dr. Scanlon’s 2019 TEDx: “How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey” has garnered over 40,000 views. Watch it below.

Dr. Scanlon’s 2019 TEDx Speech

How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey

Voice Technology for Literacy

Voice Global Talk June 17th 2020

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