Competitions, awards and a new app: the latest achievements of digital health start-up, Voiceitt
At the final event of Telekom Innovation Contest, the Champions Pitch in Cracow in 2014, the finalist Voiceitt has been awarded special support from Magyar Telekom and T-Ventures. The Israel-based team is developing a technology which allows people with speech disabilities to communicate naturally and coherently by translating their impaired speech into clear pronunciation in real time. Their flagship software application, Talkitt, is personalized to the speaker and language-independent, and therefore can be used by large numbers of speech-impaired people around the world despite the variations in their speech patterns, the differences in languages and in their accents. The company’s mission is to make simple communication accessible to everyone.
Award winning pitches in the US and Germany
Although the launch of the app is yet to come, the team successfully participated in different competitions recently. In October 2015, the team won the world’s largest business concept competition, 43North in New York, and the company now benefits from the $500,000 cash prize, incubator space and professional mentoring opportunities.
CEO Danny Weisberg and Business Development Manager Devora Mason pitched the Talkitt App and won the second Prize out of 11 finalists at 43North in New York.
The largest medical trade fair worldwide takes place every year in Düsseldorf, Germany. In December 2015, Talkitt won the 4th Annual Medica App competition against a field of 10 other pre-selected apps. The prize includes presentation and exhibition in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February.
Won the first prize at Medica App competition in Düsseldorf: Marketing Advisor Maren Lesche (2nd from right).
App launched: Voice crowd sourcing builds a unique database with voices of the speech-disabled
2016 started quite powerfully as VoiceItt launched its crowd-sourcing application, Recorditt, in January. The app collects individual voice recordings from people with speech disabilities and contributes to research and development for Talkitt’s database. The database has been received with great enthusiasm by the speech-disabled community, and in the brief time since Recorditt launch the team has collected thousands of voice recordings. Besides helping the team improve the accuracy of Talkitt’s speech-recognition capabilities, Recorditt users who submit voice recordings will receive one free year of Talkitt when the app is released. Recorditt is now available in the App Store – join and donate your voice. You are also invited to sign up for the newsletter under www.talkitt.com.