Jouke Visser - Promote pVoice and the use of Perl for writing Assistive Software

Jouke Visser

PROJECT: Promote pVoice and the use of Perl for writing Assistive Software

AMOUNT: $3,500

DURATION: 3 months

DISCUSSION:
Perl may not be the language people would think of first to create something like pVoice. By speaking at conferences and writing articles I want to show everyone that Perl is perfectly suitable for this job. Besides this objective, I also want to convince medical professionals that there's an alternative for expensive proprietary software to assist physically challenged people. Wherever I go I try to contact therapists and parents to tell them about assistive Open Source software. Lots of people need solutions to make their every day life easier, but their insurance company won't pay for it, and they can't afford paying for it themselves.

BENEFITS:
The project will hopefully show that Perl is enough a general purpose language to create specific niche software like pVoice. Most people won't even think of Perl as a language to build GUI applications. pVoice (and other software I created in the mean time) shows that Perl can be used for more than webprogramming, system administration and data munging.