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Announcing New CEO, Signaling New Phase of Growth and Innovation

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 6, 2021) – SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of accurate, safe and secure voice technology for kids, today announced the appointment of Dr. Martyn Farrows as Chief Executive Officer, signaling a new phase of growth for the Irish company as it builds on its well-established role in the education market and expands into […]

Data Privacy Matters for Kids. Here’s Why

Children’s data privacy has become a hot topic over the past few years. News this week that Disney, Viacom, and other global brands have agreed to legal settlements after being accused of “violating the privacy of millions of youngsters” reflects growing public concern about how technology tracks adults and children in the home and beyond. […]

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Lessons from Our Voice Engine #2: CLMs

Welcome back to “Lessons from Our Voice Engine,” where members of our Engineering and Speech Tech teams offer high level insights into how our voice engine works.  Lesson 2 is from Lora Lynn Asvos, a Computational Linguist on our Speech Tech team. What are CLMs? CLM stands for “custom language model.” As mentioned in Lesson […]

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Voice-enabled MCQs Are Hot. Here’s why.

As many of you know, multiple-choice tests are a robust form of objective assessment where respondents select the best answer to a question from a list of options. When written with intention, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are very effective in literacy because they can test higher-order learning and comprehension. Thanks to voice technology, MCQs are now […]

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Announcing U.S. Expansion and Leadership Promotions

DUBLIN, IRELAND (MARCH 18, 2021) — SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of private and accurate voice technology for kids, today announced its expansion into the United States and the promotion of three employees to its leadership team. The announcement signals momentum for the Dublin-based company, as well as growing demand for its kid-specific voice technology in […]

Forbes: SoapBox Labs Gives Voice To The Obstacles, Opportunities Of Remote Learning

Thanks to Michael Horn for a really enjoyable interview published today in Forbes. A great conversation that covers a lot of ground including the difference between voice technology and voice assistants, the importance of accuracy of voice technology for kids, and how voice technology has become core to EdTech, a need that has been amplified […]

Join us at ASU+GSV Virtual

For the third year in a row, SoapBox Labs is delighted to participate this week in the ASU+GSV conference – an innovation focused event showcasing the best in education thought leadership and technology. CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon takes part in the Series A presentations on Tuesday, September 29th, starting at 12 noon PDT. […]

Bias in Education

Fantastic article by our friend and collaborator Yaacov Petscher and his esteemed colleague Nicole Patton Terry, on the dangers of bias in education and the potential for AI to address it. “As AI-enabled technologies like speech recognition systems become more and more prevalent in everyday life, biases like these are not just annoying — they’re […]

INTERSPEECH 2020

Great News! We’ve just been accepted for INTERSPEECH 2020! SoapBox Labs is delighted to confirm that both of our submissions for presentation at the prestigious INTERSPEECH 2020 conference in Shanghai have been accepted! The following submissions will be presented as papers and video demonstrations at the conference: “Fluency Assessment Platform for Child Speech”“SoapBox Labs Verification […]

Will Speech Tech Transform Education?

The explosion of popular virtual assistants – such as Alexa and Siri – are sparking increased interest in the potential for speech technology as a literacy and language learning tool. SXSW EDU goes virtual with this panel discussion that brings together speech technology pioneers from across the education and edtech industries to explore how speech […]