Meet the teams

01 - Nov - 2017
    1. R2006 Start up: Chabla Oy

    Product: Mobile Video Interpreting Service. Chabla app is the first mobile app service that instantly connects the user to a live interpreter and enables deaf people to call hearing people and also receive calls. Chabla is able to connect the user to an interpreter with the proper language skills needed in the situation. Chabla is not dependent on time or place and it is accessible 24/7. Most sign languages are supported and the calls are free between Chabla users.

    Target User: Sign language users. According to the latest census, India has five million deaf and hearing impaired people. But the country only has about 700 schools which teach sign language. There is huge potential to organize and scale products addressing the needs of this segment

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in Chabla Oy start up. Marko is the CEO of the company and has years of experience as an entrepreneur. Besides Chabla, he also has a company called Signmark Productions and has been travelling around the world as Signmark, deaf hip-hop artist. He has also collaborated with Finnish foreign ministry for years as a special representative on disability issues. He and Mikko are both deaf and sign-lanugage users. Mikko is currently the IT-expert in the team. Eeva is a lawyer by training. Iiris is a BA(Hons.) in Marketing and PR and BBA responsible for interpreter community, marketing and coordinating daily life inside Chabla.

     

    1. R1010 Team: Bleetech

    Product: Bleetech is the low-cost version of an encyclopedia, where users can ask questions on a mobile platform (either in sign language or English), where they receive answers to their queries in Indian sign language. The company also has other products in store including Blee Watch which can help notify users of emergency sounds, sending out notifications and Blee TV which is a channel which hosts entertainment and educational videos in Indian Sign Language (ISL) to break the barrier between those who are hearing impaired and those who are not.

    Target User: Hearing impaired population. According to the latest census, India has five million deaf and hearing impaired people. But the country only has about 700 schools which teach sign language. There is huge potential to organize and scale products addressing the needs of this segment.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the Bleetech team. Janhavi and Nupura are co-founders of Bleetech Innovations. With the vision of contributing towards inclusive society, both are working on several design and technology solutions for the deaf community. Coming from a background of product design, they always apply design thinking for problem analysis and solution finding. Akhil who is profoundly deaf, has a natural inclination towards performing arts and is a great signer. He is an asset to the team considering communication through visual media is one of the major aspects of this solution. Snehal, is the only technical support in the team for now. Partially deaf herself, she is a front-end developer.

     

    1. R2010 Startup: Workbench Projects

    Product: The Reader Project. This is a two piece product. The prototype is an integration of hardware and software components. The software is an offline application, developed for effective conversion of text to speech, enables visually impaired students to read any book. The mechanical component, hardware, is specially made for visually impaired students with every effort to meet all their challenges regarding setting up the component.

    Target User: Vision impaired population. According to the World Health Organization 2010 fact sheet, 21.9% of India’s total population suffer from a vision impairment.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in Workbench Projects start up. Ranjitha G N, Project lead(hardware)- Mechanical engineer, N V Balasubramanyam- Experienced Fabricator, Manickavelu M- program director, Mindtree foundation (software lead), Ojasvi Gupta- Electronics engineer.

     

    1. R1028 Team: NONSPEC

    Product: NONSPEC has designed and developed a below knee prosthetic system that is dynamic, affordable, lightweight, adjustable, and mass producible. The pylon material used can be fit to any patient, be it a 12 year old to a patient who is 70 years old. It is rapidly adjustable in terms of height, width, and the angles as per the patient’s specifics, which allows it to have a behaviour like that of an expensive pylon available in the market. The skeleton is designed with interchangeable “off the shelf” components that can be assembled into a prosthetic that is the size our patient needs. The ability for the device to grow increases its usable life from 6-8 months to up to 4 years in pediatric cases, further decreasing the burden on families.

    Target User: Persons with a lower limb amputation, for children and adults.

    Team Composition: There are 6 members in the NONSPEC team. 6 engineers, 3 from the United States and 3 from India, each one belonging to a different major, working collectively towards providing an effective solution for amputees in developing nations. Each of the founders hold a PhD in plastics engineering and biomedical engineering. The rest of the team members are mainly from mechanical, instrumentation, and computers background. Their skills have been effective in designing and developing the prosthetic limb from scratch.

     

    1. R1017 Team: Enable India

    Product: Encare App. The application provides users with access to caregiver information, location, and contact information. The goal is for the app to become a “one stop shop” for all support and services needed.

    Target User: Any person with a need for extra assistance, whether at home or at work.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the Enable India team. The team is focused on creating assistive technologies in the livelihood space. The team has experience in organization development, technology development, product management, and enterprise applications. The combined experience is 40 years in technology development and 15 years in product management.  The entire team is experienced in social media and social engineering.

     

    1. R2008 Team: StartUp Torch It

    Product: Saarthi, a hardware solution which can be attached to a walking cane will help the blind. This is a product which can be used to sense the surroundings for the visually impaired population, which will help them in navigate easily whilst detecting obstructions both horizontally and vertically. Saarthi can be attached to a cane and the user will be able to sense the obstacles through feedback in the form of a buzzing sound and vibrating sensations. A powerful battery and microcontroller have been used to make it more effective and long lasting with the availability of three accurate ranges. The user can use the device with a cane to find directions & obstacles in unfamiliar territories, whilst the device can be used independently in familiar regions for obstacle detection. The device gives off a buzz instantaneously, in case it encounters an obstacle at a height above the knee of the person. This device can be used in three different modes, namely Indoor (2 feet obstacle detection), Outdoor (5 feet obstacle detection) and Open Areas (7 feet obstacle detection).

    Target User: Visually impaired population and the elderly. According to the World Health Organization 2010 fact sheet, 21.9% of India’s total population suffer from a vision impairment.

    Team Composition: There are 15 members total in the StartUp Torch It team, with 2 core team members. Hunny is the Founder of Torch It and has graduated B-Tech (Industrial). He is skilled in manufacturing and management. Kshitij Shah is currently Pursuing his BA(Hons) from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. He is a CMO and looks after development and growth, skilled in marketing and documentation. The overall team have field experience in disability management and product innovation.

     

    1. R2004 Organization: D-Rev

    Product: A polycentric prosthetic knee joint for amputees all around the world. The product expands access to polycentric knee joints employing ICRC polypropylene systems by using ReMotion Knee with the ICRC limb system by use of an adaptor specifically designed for these needs.

    Target User: Disabled population with a focus on knee amputees. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the D-Rev organization. The applying team is part of D-Rev which is a registered organization in California, USA. D-Rev is staffed with personnel with expertise in engineering and product design, business operations and sales. The two team members have a background in product management and sales. D-Rev has been working in the prosthetics spaces in low-income regions for 7 years, focused mainly on India however their knee joint is in lower-income 21 countries across the world, including Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Africa, Guatemala, Ecuador, and many more. D-Rev has collectively visited dozens of clinics serving low-income patients in Jaipur, Bangalore, Calcutta, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, Delhi, Chennai, and other regions in India, spending time with prosthetists and their patients to better understand their needs.

     

    1. R2005 Team: Amparo

    Product: Amparo Confidence Socket. This is a prosthetic socket made of thermoplastic which can be remolded easily to grow or change with each person. It is a cost effective option for developing countries. An employee from the company can be called to your home and can remold your socket in your home using only the tools in his bag. The socket can be remolded and then back to regular use same day. The second part of this product is called the Amp league, this is a mobile rehabilitation process in which technology is used to connect health professionals, community organizers, and amputees.

    Target User: Amputees

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the Amparo team. One member is a public health specialist and also specializes in international relations and business. One member is a mechanical engineer, another member is a production engineer and the last member is an industrial/graphic designer and occupational therapist.

     

    1. R1014 Team: GameAble

    Product: Software which can provide access to the disabled enabling them to play video games like their peers without disability. It features gesture recognition based control software. The main aim is to act as a keyboard replacement for those who have trouble with fine motor control difficulties.

    Target User: Kids and Adults who are physically disabled. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the GameAble team. Rebecca is a current PhD student and a registered clinical scientist with experience in leading a proof of concept project, including basic knowledge of software design and implementation and achieving ethics approval for research. Carly is training as part of the Clinical Scientist Training Programme, with a background in information and computer engineering for health applications. She was recruited as an external consultant for software design and implementation. Adam has been working with PWD for 20 years at a busy gait analysis service, with a focus on children with cerebral palsy. In his role as a consultant clinical scientist, he brings knowledge of anatomy and the natural history of pathologies to guide the individualized nature of our idea. Adam will be acting mainly as a consultant to the team. Richard is a software developer for a start-up company, with experience of the entire software lifecycle from design to release.

     

    1. R2001 Team: Oriento

    Product: A GPS navigation system for the visually impaired within a specific indoor space or identifying an entrance to a space.

    Target User: Visually impaired population. According to the World Health Organization 2010 fact sheet, 21.9% of India’s total population suffer from a vision impairment.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the Oriento team. A. Koutroumpelis and Petros study computer science, and have built the app and API of the app. They also have business development experience as A. Koutroumpelis has been in another startup in the past, and Petros has founded his own startup. A. Koutroumpelis has been involved in volunteering regarding PWDs for three years. He has helped the volunteering team with buying 2 wheelchairs for PWDs, leaded in a city-wide event with the goal of getting 100 wheelchairs to poor PWDs, and helped with the promotion (shooting and video editing) of an NGO which hosts disability awareness workshops and games. Marilena and Ioanna study technology and management, and have experience with sales and business development in NGOs.

     

    1. R2011 Team:  Glass Chair

    Product: An intelligence solution in the form of smart glasses for people with disabilities relying on electric wheelchairs. This product will be an everyday life assistant for people with disabilities, helping them with their daily activities and interactions.

    Target User: Physically disabled population. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the Glass Chair team. Collectively they bring skills from software engineering, hardware engineering, and business & IT. Half of the team members are still studying while the other half has finished studying at Technical University Munich. The team has completed workshops from TU Munich and UnternehmerTUM which was followed by another 3 Month programme called Xpreneurs. The team participated in a one week bootcamp course via UnternehmerTUM and an additonal two weeks EIT Health Accelerating Health Bootcamp.

     

    1. R1032 Startup: For Growth

    Product: A product which acts as a marketplace connecting persons with disabilities to various jobs/internships using artificial intelligence combined with human curation to help persons with disability elevate their career and independence.

    Target User: Disabled population. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the For Growth Start up. Sri Vigneshwaran (vignesh) is the founder of ForGrowth. He has headed Sun Microsystems / Oracle as the Solution Architect in the Past and has helped in Product development for multiple Indian / US startups. Vignesh has expertise to develop products on his own for web and mobile. Vignesh also had cofounded a NGO called Changers where they helped students from rural and underprivileged areas were helped for their education.

     

    1. R1023 Team: MITRAN

    Product: Mitran 1.0. A walking cane containing gas struts to aid in walking up the stairs more easily. These legs would retract and extend to provide stability for the person to climb up and descend down. This product will help people in staying stable at all possible gradients.

    Target User: Elderly/disabled population who walk with the assistance of a cane. The elderly disabled population (60+ years) alone is estimated to be 21% of the 2.68 cr disabled peoples living in India. (Statistical profile in India, 2016)

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the MITRAN team. Three of the team members are pursuing MTech in VIT Vellore. R. Ramakrishnan has patented works, Turnntorq – a high torque & differential drive mechanism for  a wheelchair, Recongrav – seat lifting and centre of gravity shifting mechanisms for a wheelchair, Rectron-cg. Skills include: expertise in mechatronics, control, instrumentation and design of physical structures. Shubham Gupta skills include solidworks, microsoft office suite, technical problem solving, and has six weeks training in the Engine Assembly department of Indo Farm Tractors, as well as four months training at ‘Humidification Plant’ in T.C. Spinners Private Limited in Mohali, Punjab. Avinash Prahlad Joshi skills include C, C++, VHDL and Verilog, Xylinx, Arduino Programming, training in PCB Design and Manufacturing from Govt. ITI under Govt. of Karnataka. Abhijat H B skills include Solid Edge, Ansys ,Creo, Got training on BEML at KGF and Automotive axles and Meritor.

     

    1. R2017 Individual: Sakiessemutie Ndone Steeve

    Product: ATHOME Center project is a project that provides a solution to the unemployment situation of people with disabilities and help to reduce the unequal access to employment through its teleworking service. ATHOME center has already completed a first pilot phase which has help to implement its concept (Teleworking). ATHOME center has been tested in Dakar, Senegal.

    Target User: Disabled population. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: Sakiessemutie Ndone Steeve has been an entrepreneur and CEO of DAVOICE Solution for the past 5 years. Created in 2014 in Senegal, DAVOICE SOLUTION is an individual Social Enterprise working to develop solutions to social problems. ATHOME center project is one of them. Sakiessemutie Ndone Steeve has worked with a motor handicapped named Ralph on a musical management project in Gabon. In Senegal, he also coached and trained a group of PWDs  for a telemarketing campaign project.

     

    1. R2012 Team: Eyedea_Hacks

    Product: An affordable eye movement controlled wheelchair that can enable quadriplegics and paraplegics with severe locomotive difficulties to maneuver the wheelchair independently by just using their eye movements. An app which will monitor the health data of the patient and share the results with the caregiver- an integrated solution.

    Target User: Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.

    Team Composition: There are 3 members of the Eyedea_Hacks team. The team is comprised of final-year students from Electronics and Communication Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from PES University. Their expertise includes: electronics, programming, signal processing, communication, robotics and IoT development coupled with Android app development given our background. These skills enable the team to come together and build composite end to end system solutions especially for solving the current problem we are addressing.

     

    1. R2022 Team: Autobots

    Product: MIP Sensor- Pregnancy diagnosis for the visually impaired. Molecular imprinted diagnostics for detecting pregnancy for blind people.

    Target User: Visually impaired population. According to the World Health Organization 2010 fact sheet, 21.9% of India’s total population suffer from a vision impairment.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in the Autobots team. The team comprises of four Btech  Biotechnology final year students. One of the members is proficient with bioelectronics and another is proficient in material science. The third member is proficient in Biological sciences while the fourth member has a critical thinking ability with respect to feasibility and marketability of projects

     

    1. R2023 Team: TRIDOTS

    Product: An electrically powered three wheeler which enables driving directly from the wheelchair. This three wheeler wheelchair is affordable, comfortable, safe, and provides independent access to wheelchair users.

    Target User: Disabled population. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: There are 2 members in the TRIDOTS team. The team has a high expertise in product based engineering. Both of the team members have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Sakthivel Thayappahn is a design expect, especially in Electrical vehicles. His experience from the past two years are in the disability field with designing and modifying of wheelchair accessible electric cars under the guidance and support of Assistive Technology Lab and CREATE lab from IITM.  He also part of team DOST, which is one of the final participants in Enable makeathon 1. Jegadesan Saravanan has experience in manufacturing and production expect in automobile parts. He has working experience in both MNC and small scale industry. Also, he had a partnership workshop for automobile decorating. His skill set includes working with ground level, sounds in manufacturing process and quality control.

     

    1. R2028 Team: We Have

    Product: This product is making tourism more accessible and memorable to the differently abled through universal design solution by Entry ticket redesign. The key features include embossed graphics inspired by Jaali patter, world cloud depicting all heritage sites, braille supported text & directional map, high color contrast for low vision visitors, profile cut out for visually impaired, aroma of tomb (stick on) on the ticket, way finding and & spots mapped, QR code for entry mapping, a QR code for more info about the monument which can be read by the users phone, and a monument picture along with the ticket.

    Target User: Disabled population. Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.

    Team Composition: There are 2 team members in the We Have team. Both members are architects (B.Arch) & Industrial Designers (M.Des) with around 4+ years of experience in the field of user interface, industrial design & architecture. They both have formed a design consultancy named Welava Design LLP which offers design services & specializes in upcycling (creative reuse).

     

    1. R1007 Individual: Shireen Abdalnabi

    Product: Automatic Sanitary napkin device. This will be a permanent solution for women with upper weak limbs who will be able to change their sanitary napkins without any outsider help. Such a solution will be a game changer in a disabled womans life as she will be able to go everywhere at anytime when she has period without worrying about changing the sanitary napkins or having someone to help. This will bring independence for these women and girls.

    Target User: Women and girls with weak upper limbs

    Team Composition: There are two members working tighter in a partnership. Shireen Abdalnabi is a psychologist and has two disabled sisters from which she has gained experience working with disabled people. Her partner works with the ICRC, during his work involves disabled persons who want to start business, he has helped Shireen Abdalnabi to improve her idea and with possible marketing strategies.

     

     

     

    1. R1035 Team: Unicom Solution

    Product: A mobile application which focuses on unifying all forms of communication into a single platform where a deaf person can communicate his message using sign language which will then be transferred to another person by converting the message into either a text or voice and vice versa, etc. All it needs is a smartphone.

    Target User: Visually Impaired and Someone who is mute

    Team Composition: There are 3 members in the Unicom Solution team. All three members with requisite skill set essential for the project. The idea has the following aspects: mobile application- app developer (Sahaja Mahanty), detecting sign language – image processing(Rahul Tripathy), training of the system, using machine learning and deep learning (Ankit Dutta).

     

    1. R1040 Team: Marigas

    Product: ARIGA is a real time assistant for the visually impaired similar to the likes of Siri and Amazon Echo. Product tracks everything in the environment and uses artificial intelligence to aid in the decision making for the visually impaired person.

    Target User: Visual and hearing impaired population. According to the World Health Organization 2010 fact sheet, 21.9% of India’s total population suffer from a vision impairment.

    Team Composition: There are 3 members in the Marigas team. The team consists of three undergraduate students, one each from ECE and IT and two from EEE branches. One member is an app developer and coder, another is a tech savvy gadget enthusiast and the third works to bring theoretical and mathematical knowledge to the team.

     

    1. R1027 Team: The Enablers

    Product: UbSpec is an app that connects people to a volunteer caregiver in their location. This application would enable persons with disabilities to move around although with some help from another person but without a feeling of being dependent. It would create an impact in terms of the qualitative difference as it would allow persons with disabilities to travel without any hesitation. It would also give volunteers a sense of satisfaction as they would be able to help someone in need as per their convenience.

    Target User: People suffering from a disability and owns or has access to a smartphone.

    Team Composition: There are 4 members in The Enablers team. Apoorva and Shashank both have android app development experience. Apoorva has an app available at Play Store. Additionally, Apoorva has worked with blind people, kids with autism, and people with mental health issues.

     

    1. R2047 Organization: Project DEFY (DEFY Educational Organisation)

    Product: CODI- Community Organised Design for Inclusion. This pilot process is to replicate scalable community organizations processes to create a community that cares and is willing to build inclusion from the bottom up. This is done by creating Nooks. Nooks are community organized learning spaces designed by Project DEFY. These Nooks are physical spaces within communities where learners create their own educations, by creating projects based on their own needs and interests. Through this process, they hope to create a process for communities where members with and without disability come together to understand disability, challenges and misconceptions, and attempt to solve challenges that prevent inclusion.

    Target User: Population living in rural villages

    Team Composition: There are 5 members in the Project DEFY organization. Organisation Core Team includes: Abhijit Sinha – Founder/Director, technology and social innovator, and solution designer. Megha Bhagat – Co-Director/Chief Growth Officer, educationist and social advocate for women’s equality. Graham Varley – Operations Advisor, experienced health sector worker and program designer and community worker. Rajiv Shankar – Communications Head, entrepreneur and media & communications wiz. The Project Team includes: Graham Varley – Project Lead and Program Designer, with extensive background in community oriented solutions for disabilities (physical and mental), Graham will lead the project and design the core program of execution and the design prototype. Deepika K – Community Connector and Nook Manager – Deepika will lead on-ground operations to assist Graham in designing the process and prototype with the community. Abhijit Sinha – Project Manager – Abhijit will manage the project, enable communications and keep record of progress. He will also assist Graham in design.

     

     

     

     

     

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