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    Date submitted
  • 22-May-2018



Social enterprise that seeks to reboot equality by catalyzing Internet of Things technology to enable accessibility of health care for marginalized groups (Refugees and Persons with Disabilities)


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Who is your customer?

Our Customers are both Health Institutions and Deaf Community, where we help deaf individuals access quality health

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Lower understanding of sign language has left the Deaf community marginalized and unable to access basic health care services. This has been attributed to the fact that Global Hearing aid production only reaches 10% of the deaf population (446 Million) and the number of trained sign language translators is inadequate to serve the current deaf population. This has hugely contributed to the increasing losses of deaf lives in hospitals, an example being Alfred Weinrib, an 83-year Cancer Stricken Deaf person who died without even knowing his diagnosis after 3 hospitals failed to provide a sign language interpreter for 7 months. There are a lot of people like Alfred, his story is a testament to the problems more than 446 Million Deaf individuals around the world go through on their daily lives. We present Beacon Chat, a mobile application that provides an inclusive communication platform for both deaf and hearing individuals using Natural Language Processing to translate between sign language and text. This way, individuals like Alfred can access basic health care without the need of a sign language interpreter and more lives would be saved.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

What sets out the innovation apart from what is there in the market, is that Beacon Chat is universally designed, making it inclusive and by catalyzing Bluetooth Internet of Things technology, Beacon Chat operates at no cost regardless of WIFI or Network coverage thereby cheap and available

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

During our pilot in Kenya, the application has managed to empower more than 2,000 individuals through people powered health, facilitating accessibility of health for more than 1600 deaf individuals. One of the success stories is Atieno, a deaf girl who works at a local VCT Center in Nairobi, Kenya. In her daily role she interacts with more than 50 youth seeking sexual and reproductive health consultation. Through Beacon Chat, she is able to attend to her patients without the need of a sign language interpreter. Beacon Chat opened up Atieno’s life in more ways than imagined, not only did it give her a life opportunity to sustain her career but also gave her a chance to partake in the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. We want to build on these success, serving the humanity, where the deaf population in America is at 48 Million.