What we do


SoapBox Labs is building voice-enabled device interactions for kids.


Our proprietary speech technology platform is specifically designed for young kids aged 4-10.
The SoapBox platform allows developers to incorporate our ‘smart’ cloud based engine into their digital apps and web services.

SoapBox Labs VERIFY enables speech pronunciation assessment in learning games for reading and english language learning.

SoapBox Labs RECOGNISE enables speech recognition for entertainment, gaming, command and control, voice search and more.

Who we are

Who are We?

  • Dr. Patricia Scanlon
    Founder and CEO
    Patricia holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Speech technologies from University College Dublin. She has over 17 years experience working across academia and industrial research. She held a postgraduate research position in UCD, Columbia University New York and also an Adjunct position in Trinity College Dublin's Engineering department. Her experience in industrial research includes Face2Face Animation, IBM Research, New York and Bell Labs Ireland, Alcatel Lucent. At Bell Labs she led an international team of researcher engineers working with Business Units and external customers, designing and developing innovative products, validating business models and commercialisation strategies across a range of industries.
  • Dr. Amelia Kelly
    Speech Scientist
    Dr. Amelia Kelly holds an B.Sc. in Physics & Astronomy from NUI Galway, and an M.Phil. in Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin. In 2012 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Speech Technology, also from Trinity College Dublin, which focussed on signal processing techniques for text-to-speech synthesis.
    During her time at TCD she worked on abair.ie, the first Irish language speech synthesiser, and also created synthetic voices for minority dialects of English. Since then she has worked on speech recognition and language modelling for a start-up company in Silicon Valley, and for IBM Watson in Dublin in the areas of machine learning, natural language processing and dialog systems.
  • Robert O’Regan
    Technical Lead
    Robert holds a B.Sc. in Computing and has an M.Sc. in Advanced Software Engineering from UCD. He has over 10 years development experience working with a variety of companies ranging from Startups to Enterprise level companies.
    He previously helped co-found a Startup that developed Automated Trading Algorithms for the online gaming industry and more recently worked for IBM, developing Enterprise class solutions for the US Healthcare Reform Act.
  • Ronan Tumelty
    Software Developer
    Ronan is an App developer and designer, with several years experience in the industry. Ronan has an Honours degree in Computer Science from Trinity College, and a National Higher Diploma in Digital Game Design from Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
  • Dr. Martyn Farrows
    EdTech Industry Advisor
    Martyn has over 15 years’ experience in learning technologies and has worked with a variety of web tech startups and businesses
  • Aaron Tay
    Business Operations Advisor
    Co-founded TxVia, payments processing  company, acquired by Google in 2012. Currently Program Manager for Google.

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