Pod 34: Zafer Elcik Co-Founder of Otsimo

Today on the Big Abilities podcast, I have a conversation with Otsimo co-founder Zafer Elcik.

Zafer is a multidisciplinary computer scientist, a philanthropist, a rising star in the tech entrepreneurship world, a speaker, a Fellow of Ashoka, which is a community of change leaders who support changemaking for the good of society, and he has won multiple awards about social impacts across the world. 

But most importantly, Zafer is a big brother to Alper. When Alper was two years old, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Because of the impacts of Alper’s ASD, he wasn’t able to attend school when he got older. He was also nonverbal. It was a challenging time for Zafer’s family. And they were desperate to help Alper.

Zafer said was Alper got older, he was very interested in Zafer’s smartphone, but there were few apps that actually were designed for Alper to be able to use effectively.

Zafer decided well, he’d make one! The first app was designed to teach Alper colors. Then the concept began to grow and grow. As Alper started to learn, Zafer started to realize if this app is helping his brother maybe it could help other children with special needs. Thus Otsimo was born.

Otsimo is an educational app designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. What began as Zafer’s passion to help his little brother, is now helping families across the globe, including my own!

I can’t wait for you to hear more about Zafer and Otsimo!

Amy Nielsen’s Interview with Zafer Elcik of Otsimo

Click here to check out the Otsimo website!

You can reach Zafer at zelcik@otsimo.com

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Amy Nielsen lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 5-33! She and her husband, Brent enjoy sports and traveling. Amy is a former teacher with nearly 20 years of experience, a freelance writer, and a special needs advocate. Her mission is to help educate and empower families of children with disabilities to focus on their child's interests and strengths.