Helping Charlie Bird and others with MND speak with their own voice

Over the past few years, we have been spending some time leveraging technology to help people with Motor Neurone Disease to communicate in their own voice. In 2019 we began working with the Big Life Fix team to create a communication app for Roisin that aimed to enable her to communicate with a digital version of her own voice. We are now working with Irish broadcasting veteran, Charlie Bird, to keep his trademark voice. Our aim is to make this technology accessible to as many people as possible.

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Project Updates

Jul 6 2022 - Sustainable Business Impact Awards Finalist

ReVoice is shortlisted as a finalist in the Sustainable Business Impact Awards for "Diversity & Inclusion" by Chambers Ireland.

Jun 30 2022 - ESG Social Responsibility Project Winners

We win the Social Responsibility Project sponsored by AWS at the Business & Finance ESD Awards

Marino Software - Winners at #ESG Awards
Marino Software - Winners at #ESG Awards

Jun 21 2022 - Speakers at IRDG Design Thinking Ireland 

We participated as speakers at the IRDG Design Thinking Ireland conference.

Trevor Vaugh and Michael Behan from Marino speaking at IRDG Design Ireland Conference
Trevor Vaugh and Michael Behan from Marino speaking at IRDG Design Ireland Conference

May 17 2022 - We are 2022 Analytics & AI Awards Finalists

We are selected as a finalist for the 2022 Analytics & AI Awards in the "Implementation of AI" category. 

2022 Analytics & AI Awards Finalists

May 13 2022 - Future Human Conference Talk

We participated in the Future Human Conference to talk about making the future more accessible with voice technology.

Future Human Conference Talk - Keith Davey and Trevor Vaugh
Future Human Conference Talk - Keith Davey and Trevor Vaugh

May 5 2022 - Project Video Launch

We launched a video explaining the project and Charlie's story in more detail. 

Apr 2 2022 - Over €3mil Are Raised at "Climb with Charlie" Fundraiser

Over €3mil raised for IMNDA Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House thanks to Climb with Charlie event.

Keith Davey, CEO of Marino Software, with Charlie Bird at Climb with Charlie fundraiser
Keith Davey, CEO of Marino Software, with Charlie Bird at Climb with Charlie fundraiser

Mar 31 2022 - RTÉ's Drivetime Interview

We are interviewed about the project in RTÉ's Radio 1 'Drivetime'.

Feb 2022 - Charlie uses speech app in public events

Charlie starts using the app for public events such as the INMO's Stardust Memorial & COVID Memorial:

Feb 2022 - Bono dedicates song to Charlie's cause (Irish Times)

U2 frontman Bono remixed one of the band’s classic songs and dedicated it to Charlie Bird ahead of the 'Climb with Charlie' event in Croagh Patrick.

Bono (U2) and Charlie Bird
Bono (U2) and Charlie Bird

Jan 15 2022 - Irish Times article on the project

The project was featured in the Irish Times.

Keith, Charlie and Trevor look at the software on a laptop
Keith Davey, Charlie Bird and Trevor Vaugh

Jan 2022 - Charlie’s Voice Demo on the Late Late Show

Charlie appeared on the Late Late show to promote his ‘Climb with Charlie’ fundraiser and our synthesised Charlie Bird voice made its national debut.

Charlie on the Late late Show with Ryan
Charlie on the Late late Show with Ryan

Dec 2021 - Development of Charlie’s Synthetic Voice

November 2021 - Contacted by Claire Bird

Charlie Bird noticed some changes to his voice in 2021 and after working with doctors he unfortunately received a diagnosis of MND. 

In Charlie's case MND attacked his voice first. His wife Claire was an editor on the Big Life Fix and remembered the episode with Roisin, so she got in touch with Trevor Vaugh the presenter of the show. Trevor contacted us to ask if we thought we could help Charlie.

2021 - Exploration of funding models to bring this technology to more people.

Mar 2020 - Big Life Fix episode featuring the app airs on RTE.

Episode 2 of Big Life fix featured Róisín and some behind the scenes footage of the Marino team in action as we created the app.

2019 - Development of an app for Róisín

We joined RTE’s Big Life Fix team to help Róisín, who has Motor Neurone Disease. We created a solution that will allow her to continue communicating with her loved ones. Read the case study.

The Marino team meet Roisin and learn about her challenges
The Marino team meet Roisin and learn about her challenges
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