Tech Founder and Speaker, Alex Knoll


The Inspiration For Your Event

Alex Knoll is a tech founder and international speaker with a passion for helping others. He has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, BBC, Irish Times, NBC Nightly News, Sky News & many more.

Alex developed Ability App, a global crowd-sourced app that helps people with disabilities and caregivers search for specific accessible and inclusive features at locations around the world. 

Ability App launched globally May 1, 2020. Please visit the Ability App website for more information.

Most recently, Alex was awarded The Diana Award, given out by the charity of the same name with the support of The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, and was created to honor Princess Diana’s work while inspiring others to action.

About Alex Knoll

In this photo released by Warner Bros., Alex Knoll is on stage as a guest of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

Alex was just 9 years old when he saw a man in a wheelchair struggling to open a door. He wondered if there was an app available that might have told that man what other stores around the area had automatic doors. He did some research and couldn’t find an app like that, so he started creating one.

Alex entered Ability App into a student invention competition, called Invent Idaho. He won that competition, along with the Discovery 3M Young Scientist’s Challenge for the State of Idaho, and the Global AT&T Inventor’s Challenge.

Alex was able to further the development of Ability App after he received a check from Shutterfly and The Ellen DeGeneres show for $25,000. Ability App launched May 1, 2020.

Alex volunteers his free-time working on Ability App and advocating for accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Inspirational Message

Alex Knoll, 2020 Diana Award Recipient.
Alex Knoll, 2020 Diana Award Recipient.

How can a teenager inspire your team? Alex will take your group on a journey that will inspire everyone to take on a change-maker mindset. Alex’s can-do, never give up spirit and uplifting messages are sure to capture your attention.

Are you looking for a way to inspire members of your organization to accomplish their goals and lead others to reach higher levels of success?  

Please consider Alex’s services to bring inspiration to your event!  

  • Powerful messages that make an impact
  • New and creative ways to consider ideas
  • Authentic presentations that inspire, motivate and empower

Alex’s presentation topics include app development and the world of startups, the future of tech, kindness to others,  accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities, and life as a young entrepreneur!

International Speaker

Alex Knoll speaking on stage to attendees of Swiss Marketing Day in Lucerne, Switzerland.

As an award-winning speaker, inclusion and accessibility advocate and innovator, Alex will bring new life and connection to your next virtual event, webinar, conference or meeting.

Contact Alex’s team to design a presentation that fits your event.

Alex has spoken at many conferences throughout the world.

Notable International Conferences:

National Speakers Association – Influence, United States of America

Young President’s Organization (YPO), Canada

C2  Montréal, Canada

Swiss Marking Forum, Switzerland

Globsec Tatra Summit, Slovakia

Blockwalks, Slovakia


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Ellen meets a wonderful kid inventor
12 year old app developer Alex Knoll meets Apple CEO Tim Cook
Unboxing the iPhone X with Alex Knoll on the Ellen Show


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Read the Time For Kids Article About Ability App. Alex Knoll is featured on the cover of Time For Kids Magazine.

Read the Time For Kids Article About Ability App. Alex Knoll is featured on the cover of TIME Magazine For Kids.

Alex Knoll & Ability App featured on Nickelodeon's Halo Movement.

As part of Nickelodeon’s HALO (Helping And Leading Others) movement, Alex’s story was shared around the globe, offering kids—and adults—ideas for ways they can make a difference.


Contact Information

Alex Knoll and Ellen DeGeneres smiling at the camera on the set of the Ellen Show.

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