How Otsimo came to be

We developed more than 50 games with educators and families, and created a free open source AAC communication tool for nonverbal children in different languages. Our story helped my brother and many other children.

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Read Zafer's story
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Meeting With Autism

My brother was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2 years old. I was 10 back then. He had been non-verbal and unable to read for a long time. I remember those days when we wanted him to speak a word.

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Discovering the potential

He was having a hard time with focusing and learning. But when I bought my first smartphone, I realized my brother has a special interest in smart devices, about 10 times longer than his usual attention to his surroundings. After that, I bought him an iPad as a gift.

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Lack of proper solution

Then I noticed a problem. There weren’t suitably designed applications for children with disabilities like his. Some communication apps (AAC) were too expensive, and the games were very difficult for him. Because of that, he could play only a few apps, some of which included ads that can be harmful to him.

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...and taking the initiative

So with my close friend, we decided to build a basic color game to teach colors to my brother. In a relatively short period of time, he became able to distinguish the colors. His interest and success inspired us to build games for every child who can benefit from them, and we created Otsimo, a mobile education platform for children with disabilities.

Democratize the special education

We believe that education is a basic human right and are determined to improve our work until proper special education is available and accessible to each and every household in need.

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Zafer Elcik, Co-founder of Otsimo

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Joyful families that like Otsimo.

We reached

100.000 users all over the world

The kid is playing with Otsimo app on tablet with her teacher.
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We work together on lessons daily, but he can also play independently. He loves the sound games so much he'd play all day if I let him!

@Janaki, Play Store
The boy is playing with Otsimo app on tablet with her teacher.
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I am a special education teacher in an special education school. The app is very convenient and useful for my children. I recommend it to all my colleagues.

@barisunal, Appstore
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As a behavior specialist I will be recommending to the families I work with. I’m particularly thrilled about the no-advertising approach!

@Christina, Play Store

Meet

Our excellent team

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Zafer
Zafer

Co-Founder, Product Manager

Sercan
Sercan

Co-Founder, CTO

Can
Can

Mobile Developer

Duygu
Duygu

Data Scientist

Ünal
Ünal

Game Developer

Ali
Ali

Marketing Manager

Utkay
Utkay

Software Developer

Mehmet
Mehmet

Product Designer

Zeynep
Zeynep

Psychologist

Eda
Eda

Graphic Designer

Anıl
Anıl

Software Developer

Kaan Yücel
Kaan Yücel

Educational Program Trainee

Mine
Mine

Marketing Intern

Elif
Elif

Marketing Intern

Laman
Laman

Marketing Intern

We’re looking for great people to help us make even more awesome games.

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