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University of Colorado

Innovator Stage: Early Innovator
Organization Type: University
Opportunity Area: Surprise Us

University of Colorado


This Top Idea is a technology-enhanced stuffed animal that supports young children in crafting and communicating their creative ideas while encouraging reflective inquiry through scaffolded storytelling. To enhance preliterate children’s social emotional, language and cognitive development, the product utilizes a simple stuffed animal that contains the technology needed for screenless, environmentally-aware engagement, voice interaction in any language, and an open-ended questioning algorithm. It was founded by a former preschool teacher and includes a team out of the University of Colorado that brings a range of experience in cognitive neuroscience, computer science, human-computer interaction, speech, language and hearing sciences, software engineering, data science and user experience.