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2016 Touch of Genius Prize Awarded


Thank you all 18 applicants from the United States and abroad for their Touch of Genius Prize submissions. After a thorough deliberation, two award winners have been selected. A reception was held on Thursday, March 2nd at CSUN for the winners:

Congratulations John and Mandy!

Special Thanks
We would like to thank Frank Gibney of the Gibney Family Foundation, who helped fund and established this award in 2007 to inspire people to go beyond what we thought was possible to further braille and tactile literacy.

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?

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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