Social Innovation Lab

The Open Mind Social Innovation Lab (OMSIL) bridges the gap between neurodivergent populations and the development of products, services, and research.

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Our Lab

OMSIL is an incubator for new technologies to be designed, tested, and launched with the support of K-12 students. Our mission is to research and advocate for universal design and accessibility.

Current Projects

We have a diverse set of ongoing projects: everything from conducting user-experience research with our partners, incubating new programs as well as developing original projects and research.

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Foldscope

Foldscope is a paper microscope developed as a cheaper alternative to traditional microscopes. OMSIL is developing biology curriculum in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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Chatbot Accessibility

OMSIL is collaborating with researchers at the University of Twente to make a recently developed chatbot usability scale more accessible (Borsci et al., 2022).

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Social Cipher

Social Cipher's Ava is a role-playing platform adventure game following an autistic star mapper. Ava provides students a space to try out social situations and emotional responses. OMSIL is evaluating its target outcomes in social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.

Research Assistants

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Aisha

Aisha

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Alekos

Alekos

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David

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Hridhay

Hridhay

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Lucien

Lucien

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Marcus

Marcus

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Patrick

Patrick

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Rachel

Rachel

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Rishi

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Ruhi

Ruhi

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Siddharth

Siddharth

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Shayan

Partners

Cognixion
Foldscope
Luden.io
The One Piano
Osmo
Sesame Enable
Social Cipher
Timocco
Touchpoint
stanford d school
UC Berkeley
Twente