Vanessa Castañeda Gill, Founder of Social Cipher

Vanessa Castañeda Gill is the founder of Social Cipher, an innovative game-based social-emotional learning platform. With its web-based video game series, Ava, an online curriculum, and a web-based companion application, Social Cipher builds space-pirate adventures that help neurodivergent youth understand themselves and those around them, as well as software that helps educators better understand their students’ social and emotional well-being. Social Cipher’s products are in use by 175 therapy centers and schools in four countries, and their 50% neurodivergent team has earned such recognitions as Forbes 30 Under 30s, Facebook Global Gaming Citizens, and most recently, LEGO Play for All Accelerator Fellows.