I am building tools that measure anxiety in real-time to support care, increase independence and improve quality of life for autistic people.
My team at Awake Labs came together in a joint Sauder-UBC Applied Science course because we all wanted to create something with meaning and impact.
We created Reveal: a tool for the home, classroom and daily routine to improve well being of autistic individuals. It’s based on a wearable band and a smartphone application that combines behaviour tracking with anxiety analytics to provide personalized, objective information. We learned that this project could be life changing for children, parents and caregivers, so I started a company to bring the idea to life.
Engineering is the process of applying science and technology to solve real world challenges. It is a way of thinking both creatively and logically and it can be applied across problems and disciplines. Engineering is more than just numbers and equations; everything people interact with has, at some point in its life-cycle, been designed or influenced by an engineer.
When I applied to UBC I didn’t know what engineering was. Through building robots that play soccer by themselves with the UBC Thunderbots and my experience with Engineers Without Borders, I quickly learned that engineering allows you to build cool technology and have a positive impact on millions of people.
At Awake Labs, I get to work with a great team of engineers, designers and software developers. We also engage with our community: with individuals with autism and their families and caregivers to fully understand their challenges and come up with solutions, together.