The Be. Lab is helping to grow the access innovation sector by providing connection and support for access entrepreneurs, creating space for access design work and fueling the access innovation conversation.
Meet some of the amazing access entrepreneurs we’re working with.
Thought-Wired is an incredible New Zealand based company that is pioneering access innovation.
Their products enable people to interact with technology and the world by translating brain and body signals into action on a computer. Last year they launched their first product based - nous™ Blink- a wearable eye blink “switch” that lets someone who is paralysed control software using their intentional eye blinks.
Thought-Wired's Experience and Usability Expert, Dr. Sarv Taherian, is also currently taking part in the Be. Leadership program.
For more information contact Sarv at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.getnous.app
“We need to create new ways of "thinking and doing" in our world. A lot of the accessibility problems that we face are due to applying old ways of thinking to existing and future problems. These just won't cut it. We believe that the Be Lab will catalyse a sustainably, accessible world through new inventions. We hope that it will encourage more dedicated, talented and empathetic people and organisations to jump on the bandwagon.
Dr. Sarvnaz Taherian,
Experience and Usability Expert, Thought-Wired
We need to create new ways of thinking and doing in our world. We believe that the Be. Lab will catalyse a sustainable, accessible world through new inventions.
Dmitry Selitskiy, Thought-Wired
Jarek, an alumni of the Be.leadership program and a successful access entrepreneur. Through his own lived experience of being partially Deaf, he knows first-hand the power of diversity and innovation to create solutions for the 21st century. Jarek and his team at Sonnar have developed a series of high-quality audio games, interactive super production stories, and most recently, an audio content library, that can be operated through voice commands. Their innovations have the potential to support equitable access to life enriching recreation and life-long education opportunities for people with sight loss and different learning and reading needs.
For more information visit sonnar.nz
“We know that putting access at the heart of design, and harnessing the power of innovation, can mean a world of difference for the quality of life for people with different access needs. We share the vision of Be. Lab, on tipping the scale for systemic change. By working together, we see great potential to realise this vision.”
Jarek Beksa, CEO, Sonnar
Putting access at the heart of design, and harnessing the power of innovation, can mean a world of difference for people with different access needs.
Kara’s vision is to provide access to any services, information and content through sign language. Arash and the team have used state of the art Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network algorithms to automatically translate spoken language to Sign Language, which is then signed by Niki, the world’s first hyper-realistic Avatar to communicate in sign language. Niki's lifelike face and expressions give her the ability to be fully independent from a human and communicate without any barriers, residing at the bottom of any screen or on any device.
Arash Tayebi, founder and CEO of Kara, is a successful access entrepreneur and through his own lived experience of being hard of hearing and experiencing dyslexia knows first-hand the power of diversity and innovation to create solutions for the21st century. Arash is employing other young Deaf people through Be. Employed to add to his talented team, and is also currently taking part in the Be.leadership program.
“Like us, the Be. Lab is focused on making an inclusive future. Be. Lab can provide an enormous amount of opportunities and support to social ventures like us, and we appreciate how innovation - and future-focused Be. Lab is. We also think Be. Lab's network of entrepreneurs and its partners can open new doors for Kara and other like us.”.