Won 2015 Congressional App Challenge STEM Competition.

Here is a description of the challenge as explained on their website:
"The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and recognize the nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills."





2016 Prudential Spirit Distinguished Finalist for the state of California and received a bronze medallion.

Here is a description of the challenge as explained on their website:
"The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level."

It's also published on the Prudential website at: http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc/32164





Won 2016 Appreneur Scholar Award which includes a $5K scholarship and a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to speak at the Mobile Apps Showdown at CES 2016.

It's also published on the Appreneur website at: http://appreneurscholars.com/2016appreneur/voice/





I was invited to the Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall and the Rancho Santa Margarita City Mayor Bradley McGirr recognized me in the annual city meeting and awarded me a certificate of recognition for my efforts with Voice. Additionally, I also received a certificate for my efforts with Voice by Assemblyman William Brough (who came from Sacramento for the city meeting). A few days later, Congresswoman Mimi Walters from the United States House of Representatives heard about Voice and accorded me a certificate.














Voice was published in the Scholastic Teacher's Pick Magazine as a solution for teachers to use in schools for blind








I was recognized by recieving the Daily Point of Light Award for my efforts on Voice.

They also published it on their website at: http://www.pointsoflight.org/blog/2015/10/08/putting-passion-practice-help-blind-read










Voice recently released a new version that added more than 30 major languages in which it can detect text. Following this release, a man posted a review of Voice in Arabic. I coudn't even understand it because it was in Arabic, but I am glad people in the Middle East find Voice useful.
The video is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjsvjIBMPTI.





I did a webinar with the EASI Foundation. EASI is a "a non-profit organization, committed to the belief that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else."

The webinar was a 20 minute introduction to Voice and why I decided to build it. It also highlighted some of the benefits of using Voice as opposed to some other competitor apps. Additionally, I answered some questions about the app at the end.
You can listen to the webinar on the Easi website:

Webinar: Shalin Recounts the Adventure of Creating an Accessible App for the iPhone





KNX 1070 is a radio station in Los Angeles branched from CBS News. Voice won the KNX 1070 Hero of the Week Award. I was also interviewed on the radio and talked about Voice. I am both honored and humbled to received this.

The interview is on their website at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/audio/knx-heroes/ You can listen to the interview below:










In this interview, I wrote about how and why I was inspired to build Voice. This website is read by lots of blind and vision impaired people. Through this article, I hope more blind people become aware of Voice.
The article/interview about Voice was published on AT Program News' website under the Generation Tech category. It is located online at the AT Program News website

A pdf of the post is attached below.
AT Program News Article.pdf





I had a conference with the people behind Project Starfish. I described my application to them, and they asked me some questions about it. They also explained what they do. Project Starfish finds talented but disabled people, transforms them to contemporary workers who work with small and emerging businesses, and helps them grow. In this conference were people all accross the globe! There were many people from the United States, a man from Canada, and man from Australia, and about 6 other countries.
Project Starfish is going to help me spread the words about Voice!





I was interviewed by a man named Alvaro who runs a blind Podcast since 2011 called the LVB (Low Vision Bureau) Show. LVB Show is where Alvaro interviews app developers, people who are visually impaired and blind, and anything related to the blind community.

In this interview he asked me about the app, my reasons for building it, and I gave a quick demo of Voice, and he concluded by asking me about my future plans with Voice. The interview podcast was put online and it is also added below.







A blind individual reviewed Voice and posted a video of his experiences on YouTube! Watch this video of him giving a demonstration of Voice.
The video "Reviewing The Voice app by Shalin Shah" is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAqbwxij5xA.





I was interviewed by AppleVis about my application Voice by Scott and Thomas. AppleVis is a a website that serves the blind and visually impaired community of iOS users with forums, blogs, guides, and other resources geared toward VoiceOver, braille, and other iOS-specific accessibility topics. They have a global reach, and are relied on by individuals and agencies across the world. They have thousands of members, and are even linked to on Apple.com as a resource for visually impaired people: https://www.apple.com/accessibility/resources/.

In this interview they asked me about the app and my future plans with it. The interview podcast was then placed on their website. But the podcast is also included below.





The competition is for volunteers and Voice won a regional award for all of California. There were 36,000 applicants and Voice was among the winners. I could not be more appreciative of Kohl's generosity. Great things to come in the future.







I went to the Braille Insitute's headquarters in Los Angeles at their Low Vision Seminar about Macular Degeneration with a technology fair. There were about 300 people there; some were visually impaired and some were not. Phillip, who manages Connection Pointe at the Braille Institute gave a presentation about the different assistive technologies that blind people may benefit from. He talked my application, Voice, in this presentation, where he breifly describes how it works and also showed it in his powerpoint. He presents Voice as a possible solution to Macular Degeration. The whole presentation was over an hour long, but here is a video clip of his part of the presentation below.




This is part where he mentions Voice.


After his presentation was over, Phillip led me into Connection Pointe to demonatrate my application in front of some visually impaired and blind people. He gave me a booth to set up and demonatrate my app. It was almost like an informal question and answer session.

Here are some pictures of the event:





I was interviewed about my app in a live Australian radio broadcast (the station is 1197am in Adelaide, Australia). A man named Peter Greco interviewed me and asked some questions about Voice, including the development process, my reasons for building it to help blind people, and my future plans with the application. The interview is added below. The radio has many blind and vision-impaired listeners, and hopefully word about the free app Voice reaches many people in Australia.





Alex Wallis posted information about Voice on AppleVis. He wrote most of the main features of Voice on the site and some of the use cases. The post is also available on the AppleVis website at this link: The AppleVis post by Alex.

A pdf of the post is attached below.
AppleVis Alex Wallis Post.pdf





I went to the California School for the Blind and presented Voice to the teachers and staff members of the school. They really liked Voice and are using it in their blind school. Here are some photos of me showing them Voice.





The EASI Foundation is helping spread the words about Voice. Currently, they have sent an email about Voice to all of the visually impaired people that are in the email list. They sent out the email but a copy of the document is attached below:
EASI Foundation Promotion Email.docx

A screentshot of the email is also included below.





J.J. Meddaugh wrote a breif article about Voice and published it on Blind Bargains. The post includes some information about Voice and the link to download and install Voice. The post is located online at the following link: High School Freshman Releases Free OCR App for iOS.

A pdf of the post is attached below.
Blind Bargains Post.pdf





AppleVis is a website that serves the blind and visually impaired community of iOS users with forums, blogs, guides, and other resources geared toward VoiceOver, braille, and other iOS-specific accessibility topics. They have a global reach, and are relied on by individuals and agencies across the world. They have thousands of members, and are even linked to on Apple.com as a resource for visually impaired people: https://www.apple.com/accessibility/resources/. The post is on the AppleVis Website. After posting on this website, I received a multitude of ideas and great feedback regarding voice from actual visually impaired and blind iPhone users.

A pdf of the AppleVis post is included below:
AppleVis Original Post.pdf





I went to Blindness Support Services Inc. and demonstrated my application in front of blind people who were interested in this free tool. I demonstrated how Voice works and also showed them how to install it onto their iPhones. All of the people that attended were blind. Blindness Support Services put the conference details on their website which is shown below:
Blindness Support Services Website.png


Here are some pictures of the event.