I went to HP's headquarters in Cupertino, California to cover a hackathon dubbed "Hacking Autism," sponsored by HP and Autism Speaks. Representatives from Intel and Disney were there as well.
iPad apps have been used to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum for a while now, but there are a lot of apps that need to be developed to help individuals on the autism spectrum. HP and Autism Speaks created this hackathon to bring developers together to "hack away" to develop mobile apps for autism. A lot of cool iPad apps were demoed.
Autism apps developed at Hacking Autism ranged from social stories apps to augmentative communication apps. The developers there really got excited by the autism cause as a lot of nerds in silicon valley have family members on the autism spectrum.
Special thanks to Scotty Holman for his role as associate producer.