Monday March 30, 2020

Out of the mouths of babes: Soapbox Labs

Frustrated by literacy apps for young children that just didn’t work, Soapbox Labs’ founder Patricia Scanlon devoted two years to designing one that did

25th August, 2019
Patricia Scanlon, founder of Soapbox Labs Picture: Fergal Phillips

When Patricia Scanlon was teaching her daughter to read aloud, she tried a technological option. It was the natural thing to do for a former engineer, who was named by Forbes in December last year as one of the world’s top women in tech. She downloaded an app designed for early readers, and was emailed updates on her child’s progress. But there was a glitch.

“When I went to quiz her,...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Co-founder predicts €4 billion plus market for special microchip used in mobile phones, cars and wearables

Emmet Ryan | 1 month ago

Search giant to pay undisclosed sum for Dublin-based firm that helps local retailers sell online

Róisín Burke | 2 months ago

Irish business signs partnership with Canadian firm Instant Brands to bring more users to its platforms

Emmet Ryan | 3 months ago