MindScribe is a research & design studio at the University of Colorado Boulder, and we love supporting young children as innovators and inventors.

With our first multilingual product, we combine the ancient art of oral storytelling with the emerging technology of voice interaction.

As young children create — be it a painting, a block building, or a clay model — our inquisitive stuffed animal engages them in reflective inquiry. The multilingual stuffed animal robot asks questions about their creation, and invites them to tell a story. Through scaffolded discovery, our small robots collaborate with children as they create original, imaginative stories to express their evolving ideas.

Since we launched our efforts in Spring 2016, we have collaborated with 100+ children ages 2-8 and their families and teachers across 10 states and 3 countries (U.S., Denmark, & Japan).

We currently support storytelling in 14 languages and dialects. Are you multilingual? Let us know if you'd like t...
MindScribe is a research & design studio at the University of Colorado Boulder, and we love supporting young children as innovators and inventors.

With our first multilingual product, we combine the ancient art of oral storytelling with the emerging technology of voice interaction.

As young children create — be it a painting, a block building, or a clay model — our inquisitive stuffed animal engages them in reflective inquiry. The multilingual stuffed animal robot asks questions about their creation, and invites them to tell a story. Through scaffolded discovery, our small robots collaborate with children as they create original, imaginative stories to express their evolving ideas.

Since we launched our efforts in Spring 2016, we have collaborated with 100+ children ages 2-8 and their families and teachers across 10 states and 3 countries (U.S., Denmark, & Japan).

We currently support storytelling in 14 languages and dialects. Are you multilingual? Let us know if you'd like to help add your languages to MindScribe.
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Recommendations

Richard Han

Layne Hubbard exhibits a terrific entrepreneurial mindset and a strikingly empathetic set of values, all while simultaneously being an excellent computer scientist. As her computer science professor for both a computer systems course as well as a startup essentials course, I have been incredibly impressed both by Layne's commitment to others, which I observed through her focus on a non-profit community-oriented entrepreneurial project (all other projects were profit-based), as well as Layne's commitment to technical excellence, when she was among the best in mastering the difficult concepts of the computer systems class. Layne is highly motivated, yet generous with her time. I recommend Layne with the highest praise.

Tomasz Miaskiewicz Special Appointment Instructor at Colorado State University

It is my sincere pleasure to recommend Layne Hubbard. Layne was a student in the User-Centered Design class that I previously taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As part of the class, students proposed an idea for a website or application, conducted the necessary user research, created user personas, proposed an initial design direction, developed a prototype, and conducted user testing. Layne was part of a team that designed an application for identifying, sharing, and solving physical challenges in one's community. Layne continued working on the application beyond the semester and won a prize at the New Venture Challenge startup competition. Given Layne’s intelligence, perseverance, and design ability, I am certain that she will also be highly successful with MindScribe.

Jen Swezey

Layne and I worked together as preschool teachers for 3 years. Layne's innovative idea to take the practice of scribing children's artwork stories to create MindScribe can be an important tool and support for caregiving teams. It is no surprise to me that Layne has taken her preschool experience and combined it with her computer and neuroscience science studies to create this product. It is with great confidence that I recommend Layne and MindScribe.
-Jennifer Swezey, Preschool Teacher, Mother.

Ivgeni Segal Senior Lead Software Architect at Graphiq Inc.

One of my best memories of Layne while she worked with us at Graphiq engineering was when she presented her findings on a complex bug within MySQL source code. The fix is now part of official MySQL distributions. Her strengths don't stop at her technical merit. For example, she was not part of our Devops group, but she was always there to help tackle any production issues that required collaboration of multiple groups. She is a clear communicator, presenter and most importantly networker. She can walk into a room full of strangers and leave knowing everyone. I have a high degree of confidence that Layne has what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and build a highly valuable product.

Jeff Kandel

Layne and I worked together at Graphiq, before she left :(. It's great to see Layne working on a project that is inline with her core values: helping children, developing tech, and understanding the mind. She's motivated and I have no doubt that she will be motivated to do great things on MindScribe. She's positioned greatly to help out the under-served, because she cares deeply about inequalities, understands the issues, and has the technical expertise to do something about it. There's a TedTalk from Simon Sinke, in which he says that people don't care about what you do, they care about why you do it, and I think Layne does a great job explaining why they're doing what they're doing, and because of this, she can champion MindScribe. Now I won't pretend like I know much about this Vygotsky fellow (early childhood development psychologist) that she's always talking about, nor can I pronounce his name, but Layne does, and I think with her passion & research, MindScribe will be a success.

Chris Schaefbauer Research assistant at University of Colorado

Having worked with Layne for a number of years, I am confident that she and her co-founders will realize the vision that they have set forth with MindScribe. Layne has an extraordinary combination of determination, curiosity, leadership, and passion, which, when combined with her technical skills and knowledge in childhood development, make her the ideal person to lead MindScribe. She can always be trusted to get the job done, no matter how difficult the task. And while many new technologies perpetuate or exacerbate inequities, MindScribe challenges them by using computing to increase access to expertise and participation. I wholeheartedly endorse Layne and MindScribe.

Wyatt Ryder

Layne is, without a doubt, the smartest and hardest-working individual I've ever met. In my time with her at the University of Colorado, I had the honor of serving with her on the Finance Board, a committee overseeing a $23 million student fee budget, in addition to watching her make change across campus in her position as the Director of Academic Affairs for our Student Government. Layne was well-known for her personal academic achievements and is someone who I have complete confidence in to make positive change in the world. In my time with her I saw firsthand her dedication and caring spirit as she served in a public position. I'm so honored to know such a confident, intelligent, and caring individual, and wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

kirsten w

I first met Layne Hubbard when my eldest son began preschool in early 2008. She was certainly one of the teachers he felt very comfortable around and he talked about her over the years of preschool as a friend and wonderful teacher. We hired Layne during the summers to take our son for little adventures in town, usually nature hikes with other children, or educational excursions. She organized these and planned the activities for the children. She is responsible, dependable and most of all, fun. When she interacts with children, she has skills that honor their intelligence and perception. As a parent, I felt so fortunate that we had met her. She is a champion of the youth and her new endeavors with MindScribe will surely be successful with her involvement. She is a person that accomplishes in a very meaningful way leaving those with whom she interacts inspired and warmed by her attitude. Thanks for the opportunity to recommend her.
Sincerely, Kirsten Wood

Ben Shapiro

I am delighted to recommend MindScribe for mentoring and funding. Layne and Alea are highly motivated, and have substantial relevant expertise in child development and computer science. They are both students in a university course I am teaching on K12 Computer Science education and have strongly impressed me. -- Ben Shapiro, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder.

Nate Beard

I met Layne years ago when she was doing her first startup and have seen her grow and learn at an insane pace since then. Her track record and technical capabilities combined with her self-awareness and vision is evidence in my mind that she will hack a way to a viable solution with an awesome team. I'm so excited to see Layne and her team dive into this problem and can't think of a better person to improve and expand appropriate education systems for future generations.

Qiao Meng

Layne Hubbard is the most enthusiastic and creative person I ever worked with. She is full of ideas and passions about her job. When we were a team researching on an extremely strange bug of an industry leading software, she provided a unique but precise vision on the problem and showed great capability of abstracting and presenting difficult concepts in a keen manner. I love the idea of MindScribe and believe Layne and MindScribe will achieve a great success.

Mark Carvalho, MD Vice President of External Relations at Kaiser Permanente

Layne is an incredibly bright, articulate, compassionate scientist, with an authentic, spirited connection to children. Layne exudes passion for her work, always focused on ways to create value and enrichment for society. Her vision to apply cutting edge computer technology to enable and democratize early childhood development has really captured my own imagination. I have no doubt that Layne will be successful as she follows her passion.

Michael Hess

Having worked with Lanye closely in a full-time professional environment at Graphiq, I can confidently recommend joining the team at MindScribe. She's is one of the most thoughtful and passionate people I've ever met. Her ability to connect with people at an individual level was inspiring, which makes me feel like this project is a perfect fit for her skills and experience. I know she's going to give it her all, and I can't wait to see what comes out of MIndScribe as a result!

Robert Werthman

As a colleague of Layne Hubbard's, I can attest to her unwavering motivation to be successful in anything she does. What is unique is that her pursuit of success is not selfish and as long as I have known she has strived to contribute only beneficial things to the world. She cares deeply about the experiences of others and only wishes to improve our collective quality of life. She has first-hand experience teaching underserved children, and in my mind there is no doubt that she has the emotional and intellectual intelligence to make MindScribe succeed and to help the children who need it most. I firmly believe we need more people like Layne Hubbard and more programs like MindScribe to help people make the world a better place.

Clayton Lewis Advisor at Actimator

This is a wonderful idea, from a person with the experience, insight, and capability to make it work. As brought out in Alison Gopnik's "The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life," and other work, young children think about a lot of things, more than often appears on the surface. Helping them to communicate, and understanding what they say, will be very valuable.

Gabe Johnson CTO at Blank Slate Systems

When I taught computer science, Layne Hubbard was one of those students who I could depend on to elevate the level of discourse in the class. She showed an astounding level of leadership not only by helping fellow students, but also helping me to correct mistakes and pointing out areas where I could communicate more clearly.

As a teacher I can't understate the value of this kind of feedback. Typical students, when faced with difficult learning situations, tend to revert to a state of "this is hard, I'm just not getting it" and remain quiet. Layne is different. On those rare occasions where she doesn't understand something, she has the temerity to dig in, ask, and stick with the challenge until she completely owns it. She made me a better teacher.

She does not back down when the going gets rough. That, paired with her background in early childhood education and technical skills from computer science, tell me she is uniquely positioned to take on this new challenge.

Ken Anderson Associate Professor at University of Colorado

It is my pleasure to write a recommendation for MindScribe and Layne Hubbard. I first met Layne when she enrolled in a new degree program that I helped to create at CU, the BA in Computer Science. This degree allow students to be double majors, combining their interest in computer science with other disciplines. In Layne's case, she combined neuroscience with computer science and was one of our first graduates. I had never met a student who was in such complete control of her own education and I was impressed. Layne went on to acquire industry experience before coming back to CU as a PhD student of Tom Yeh working on topics related to human-centered computing and children. Thus, Layne combines both practical industry experience with an ability to perform research. Given her extensive experience in early childhood education, she has the perfect background for a company like MindScribe. Layne has the skills and knowledge she needs to be successful and she has my highest recommendation.

Sriram Sankaranarayanan Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Colorado

This is a highly enthusiastic recommendation for Layne Hubbard. I am a professor of computer science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have known Layne for nearly a year now as a student in my theory of computation class and through my interactions with her outside the class. I have encountered nearly a thousand students during my time at CU Boulder, and Layne stands out as an extraordinary student for her sheer dedication to her work, and her ability to ask interesting questions. I still recall one of her questions concerning computational complexity classes and the cognitive complexity of games for children. Questions of this sort are extremely interesting and in my experience, it takes an extraordinary amount of insight to be able to ask them. I believe that these qualities will make Layne very successful with MindScribe, where she brings her experience in many fields including neuroscience, computer science and her background in early childhood education.