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

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.

Discovering the potential

He was having a hard time 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.

Lack of a 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.

...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

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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
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I am a special education teacher in a 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

Ali
Ali

Head of Marketing

Utkay
Utkay

Software Developer

Mehmet
Mehmet

Head of Design

Selin
Selin

Software Developer Intern

Arda
Arda

Software Developer

Ege
Ege

Software Developer Intern

Umut
Umut

Software Developer Intern

Betim
Betim

UX Designer

Kaan Yücel
Kaan Yücel

Educational Program Trainee

İrem
İrem

Software Developer

Hira
Hira

Junior Marketing Specialist

Naz
Naz

UX Researcher

Murat
Murat

Motion Designer

Ersin
Ersin

UI/UX Designer

Anıl
Anıl

Software Developer

İlgim
İlgim

Child Psychologist

Begüm
Begüm

Junior Growth Specialist

Elif
Elif

Growth Specialist

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

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Corporate Structure

Otsimo is a social startup focused on social impact. There isn’t any appropriate institutional infrastructure for social startups in Turkey. Because of that social startups use multiple institutional structures under one roof.

Educational content production, content creation, and curriculum studies are carried out by the Inclusive Education Association (“Kapsayıcı Eğitim Derneği”) on behalf of otsimo.com. Technology and education development activities are carried out by Otsimo Bilişim A.Ş on behalf of otsimo.com.