Auticon

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auticon
Limited Company
IndustryProfessional Services
Founded2011
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy
Key people
Kurt Schoffer (Group CEO)
ServicesQuality Assurance
Consulting
Software Testing
Data Analysis
Number of employees
200, inc. 150 with an autism spectrum diagnosis (November 2018)
Websiteauticon.com [1]

Auticon, stylised as auticon, is an international information and communication technology consulting firm that exclusively employs adults on the autism spectrum as Information and communication technology (ICT) consultants. auticon identifies as a social enterprise. Services mainly focus on ICT quality management, including transformation, migration, data analytics data analysis, security and deep web analysis, as well as compliance and reporting.[1]

auticon is based in Berlin[2] and currently employs approximately 200 members of staff, around 150 of whom are on the autism spectrum.[3] auticon has offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy.[3]

History[edit]

auticon's former logo.

Dirk Müller-Remus, who has a son on the autism spectrum, launched auticon in 2011 with an investment of the Munich-based Ananda Social Venture Fund.[4] The launch was inspired by the Belgian company Passwerk.[5] auticon's concept to employ people on the autism spectrum as ICT consultants has since been acknowledged internationally.[6][7][8][9] The auticon model was presented at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum, held in London on 6 June 2013, in front of 150 leaders in social impact investment.[10]

In 2018, auticon acquired MindSpark,[11] a company in Santa Monica, California founded in 2013 by Gray Benoist, whose two sons are also on the autism spectrum.[12]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "auticon services". Auticon. Archived from the original on 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of auticon GmbH". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. ^ a b "Company | auticon".
  4. ^ "Investment example Auticon". Ananda Social Venture Fund. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  5. ^ "Passwerk Website". passwerk.be. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  6. ^ Hal Hodson (29 May 2013). "Rise of the autistic workforce". New Scientist. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  7. ^ Laura Lucchini (6 July 2013). "La genialidad que firmas alemanas buscan en una forma de autismo". La Nacion (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  8. ^ "IT company hires genius minds". YouTube (video, 2 mins 8 secs). Al Jazeera English. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  9. ^ Fred Pleitgen (3 January 2013). "Help wanted: Asperger's-only apply" (video, 2 mins 38 secs). CNN. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  10. ^ "G8 Social Impact Investment Forum: auticon". YouTube (video, 10 mins 10 secs). Cabinet Office UK. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  11. ^ Dana Bartholomew (14 June 2018). "German Employer of Autistic Professionals to Acquire MindSpark". LA Business News. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  12. ^ Jane Wakefield (2 January 2019). "Technology: The firm whose staff are all autistic". BBC News.
  13. ^ "Auticon awarded IQ prize on World Autism Day" (press release). auticon UK. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  14. ^ "auticon und Talwerk sind die Sieger des Innovators' Pitch 2014" (press release) (in German). BITKOM. Archived from the original on 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  15. ^ "Ausgezeichnete Orte 2015: auticon – Berufsperspektiven für Menschen im Autismus-Spektrum" (in German). Land der Ideen. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  16. ^ "New Work Award 2015 - Platz 1: auticon GmbH (Kategorie KMUs und Start-Ups)". YouTube (video, 1 min 22 secs) (in German). XING. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-27.
  17. ^ "Der Schatzsucher: Dirk Müller-Remus, auticon GmbH, Berlin Sonderpreis des Deutschen Gründerpreises 2015" (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  18. ^ "Winners of the 2017 UK Social Enterprise Awards". Social Enterprise UK. Retrieved 2018-11-07.