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Yoocan, TOM, Access Israel Host Showcase
May 09 , 2018
Yoocan, TOM, Access Israel Host Showcase & Competition for Assistive Technologies Startups TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: On April 29, 2018 at the Access Israel innovation conference in Tel Aviv, seven companies (Freewill, User Accessibility, Right-Hear, Equal Web, Project Ray, Make Sense & Step Hear) competed for the “best presentation.” The winner was Right-Hear, an accessibility solution for people who are blind or visually impaired that enables them to acquire a better orientation in indoor spaces.
This competition was a beta test for the global competition yoocan, TOM & Access Israel plan to launch in the coming year for early stage assistive technology start-ups. Moshe Gaon, founder and CEO of yoocan who led the panel, said “it’s time for a global competition celebrating assistive innovation from around the world. The idea is to allow early stage startups to gain awareness and access to investors and potential partners through participation in a competition similar to any other space in the hi-tech industry. We at yoocan see our global collaborative community as the leading platform to share knowledge, information and innovation. This new initiative for a global competition will be a natural development in our vision to make yoocan a leading driver and accelerator of assistive techniques growth and promote innovation. We invite global corporations and organizations to join us in this initiative.”
Yoocan is the #1 global collaborative community for experiences and knowledge by and for people with disabilities, so no one feels alone.
TOM is a global movement of communities connecting Makers and people with disabilities developing open-source solutions for neglected challenges.
Access Israel is the first non-profit organization in Israel whose main mission is to promote accessibility and inclusion to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and the elderly.
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