We may have met our goal, but we are by no means done! Team Vive has been working tirelessly to achieve our mission in giving a voice to the voiceless. In the past few weeks, we have participated in several exciting events, brought on new members to the team and continued to perfect our Voz Box technology.
Project Vive is expanding and has taken on several new interns this year. Welcome Heather and Jessie to our Strategic Communications Team. They will be the dynamic duo behind our social media and raising awareness for Project Vive. In our engineering department, Project Vive is proud to introduce Vinny and Ryan to the technical team. Ryan will be working on programming and further developing our technology, while Vinny will be contributing to the mechanical design of our many sensors of the Voz Box. Reed will be assisting in project management, grant discovery, and administration work with our fiscal sponsor
Our interns got to hit the ground running at Innoblue and LaunchBox’s Networking Night where we had a booth on display to showcase our organization and our mission to provide affordable and customizable speech generation devices to those who need it. Interns, Heather and Jessie spoke with prospective students interested in joining Team Vive. They also got to chat with and learn about other local startups that also found their start at Happy Valley Launch Box. We debuted our new Snapchat account as well, so now you can watch our stories to stay up to date with Project Vive.
However, our efforts did not stop there. Our technology team took in the broken toys and speech generation devices from Easter Seals of SEPA back in October and breathed new life into them. When we returned the repaired toys and devices in January, the amazing people over at Easter Seals were delighted to receive 62 newly fixed toys and speech generating devices for the incredible children with special needs that they work with. It was a blast delivering the toys to these kids and getting to discover that Santa’s job is very rewarding. You can learn more about the toy delivery on Easter’s Seals blog that was written about of efforts here.
“Project Vive really came to the rescue! Muchas Gracias to Project Vive!” - Sandy Masayko, Director of Assistive Technology Easter Seals of SouthEastern Pennsylvania
Our founder, Mary Elizabeth has been up to exciting new things. She recently visited the Hershey ALS Clinic where she began beta testing our Voz Box technology. This will provide Project Vive with an immense amount of insight on the progress of our engineers’ hard work. Thanks to Yih Lerh and his team at Ability Spectrum for allowing us to start on their gaze detector software and collaborate with us on the current gaze detector. As a volunteer researcher he has designed many innovative communication devices for patients at Saint-Vincent Hospital (Bruyere Continuing Care) AAC Clinic and clients of Tetra Society in Canada. Check them out here. We are also exceptionally grateful for collaboration with Hershey Medical Center ALS Clinic.
“We got to try the technology with a patient who is essentially trapped inside her body and hasn't spoken in a long time. To see the look of joy on her (and her family's) face when she was successful was priceless. We are so excited to work with you.” Carrie Reichwein, Speech Language Pathologist, ALS Clinic Penn State Hershey Medical Center
That’s it for now! Stay tuned for our biweekly newsletter to keep up-to-date on everything happening with Project Vive and our mission to provide a voice to the voiceless! Follow our social media for daily updates, we just launched a new Snapchat so be sure to add that too!