Scaleup Lexplore has won the first prize in the category Digital Wellbeing of the EIT Digital Challenge 2017. The Swedish tech venture has developed a method using artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify children at risk of dyslexia. By using Lexplore’s solution, schools can detect children with reading and writing problems early on. We interviewed Fredrik Wetterhall, CEO and co-founder of Lexplore, on winning the prestigious award and their plans for the future.
A major problem
According to Dominik Krabbe, EIT Digital Challenge Lead, dyslexia is a major problem in the world. Krabbe: “Dyslexia is a difficult word for a pretty common problem that can make life tough: reading and writing disabilities. It is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of the population suffers from dyslexia. This amount may vary by country.” And up to this point, it has been really time consuming for schools to identify a child with dyslexia and subsequently giving them the proper help they need.