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Autism Speaks and Core77 Magazine name winners of 'Autism Connects' design challenge
Date:5/5/2011

New York, N.Y. (May 4, 2011) Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization in partnership with Core77, today announced the top awards for "Autism Connects", the international student design competition powered by jovoto The innovative designs by student competitors selected by a juried panel demonstrate creative technology solutions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world around them, and allow individuals who do not have ASD to better understand and connect with those who do. The top prize is awarded to Greg Katz and Tom Rim, both from University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts Industrial Design, Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Illinois, for Gobug. Second place, for weSYNC was awarded to Noel Cunningham and the third place prize for Visual Watch was awarded to Cameron Zotter, both from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. "These innovations in technology are examples of the next frontier in finding solutions to improve daily life for individuals with autism," stated Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson, PhD., "These students from over 30 countries around the world represent the next generation of designers and innovators who will think creatively on how to apply technology to autism."

The Gobug is an interactive toy designed to facilitate an inclusive social learning experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome to join, play, and learn. Gobug is operated through the combined direction of multiple active controllers and the more in sync the controllers are, in the same pointed direction, the faster Gobug moves. "The Autism Connects Competition provided us a challenge that was truly purpose driven," stated Gobug's winning co-designer Greg Katz. "There's meaning to something like this. It's a purpose that you feel in your heart. There are so many incredible individ
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