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The deadline for the 2013 award has now been extended to April 15, 2014!

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2012 Touch of Genius Prize Awarded


Thank you to all of our 2012 Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation applicants. Our 2012 recipient is Emily Wharton for her submission of the "Code Master Adult Braille Instruction System." Learn more about Emily's award-winning entry.

Emily Wharton with Paul Parravano, Chair, NBP Board of Trustees
Emily Wharton with Paul Parravano, Chair, NBP Board of Trustees

Honorable Mentions were awarded to two additional teams - Michael Coleman, Michael Rosen, and Joshua Coffee for their submission of "inTACTâ„¢ System for Interactive Tactile Graphics," and Cagatay Concu, Kim Marriott, and John Hurst for their submission of "GraVVITAS: Graphics Viewer using Vibration, Interactive Touch, Audio and Speech."
Learn more about the recipients.

The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation

The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation was developed to inspire an innovator to continue the promotion of braille literacy for blind and deafblind people worldwide.

The Prize

$20,000 will be granted for professional software & apps, educational software and apps, gaming software or apps that promote tactile and braille learning, and braille or tactile-related hardware.

What type of innovation would inspire even Louis Braille himself?

What type of innovation would inspire even Louis Braille himself? Whatever your idea - whether a tactile-based technology project, a viable braille teaching software, a way to inspire pre-school braille learners through tactile hardware, or braille hardware for the community - we want to hear from you.

Fostering Innovation

The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation has attracted innovators from all over the world in the fields of education, technology, engineering, tactile graphics, and general literacy. This is the only prize to foster and reward innovation and offers a direct and compelling incentive for researchers, teachers and the like to support literacy efforts for blind people. Click here to view past award winners.

The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation is provided through support from The Gibney Family Foundation. The Gibney Family Foundation supports non-profit organizations that are dedicated to assisting the blind and those who are otherwise challenged.

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