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Lazarillo, inclusion for all

App that helps people with visual and mobility disabilities navigate through the city providing relevant information on locations and routes

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People with disabilities face difficulties to be autonomous because they don’t always have access to information about their environment. Nowadays in the United States there are around 3.2 million people with visual impairment and it is estimated that this figure will continue to grow, reaching 9 million by 2050 according to a study by the University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute, besides, worldwide there are over 253 million people living with visual disabilities, in order all of them be fully included in society their interactions with their surroundings needs to be support by technological means.

Our project is to create accessible and interactive experiences in every corner of the world, and in this opportunity we want to use the platform that city of tomorrow provides us for develop in Indianapolis, our application empowers people living with disabilities and also, helps everyone's experience gets improve. This system has over 90,000 users on 24 countries -even some of them are Indianapolis residents- which use it for free as permanent assistance.

Our mobile app is available worldwide, use multiple maps databases and preexisting information to navigate cities delivering high-usability services developed directly with people living with disabilities. We have a routing system that by voice messages guides everyone who needs it, giving information about streets, public and private services, public transport, and more. This service can be improve through our mapping platform adding more information on public venues and also integrate with transportations systems.

Our proposal for the Austin Challenge is to establish a link between public transport and the city's health centers with LazarilloApp, this is free for end users and, therefore, is useful for the low-income population, this integration will allow citizens to connect with the available transportation systems with alternatives available from buses to paratransit systems for people with disabilities, LazarilloApp will allow the population with visual and motor disabilities to have more autonomy to move around the city and to medical and health centers , identifying accessible routes and making available bus information routes and stops, so they can travel without depending on another person.

We have already carried out this experience in Chile where we keep 6 highly complex medical centers functioning, these have been completely adequate for the needs of people with visual and motor disabilities, and whoever visits them can identify accessible routes and have a map of facilities suitable for people with and without visual impairment. In the case of Austin, the project includes identifying access to medical centers and providing routes to reach them in an accessible way for the population with motor and visual disabilities and, if available, linking with other types of transportation systems that may be available as Uber.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

This proposal is aimed at people with motor and visual disabilities, the elderly, visitors to the city and those who require more democratic access to public transport and health centers. With LazarilloApp people moving in Austin can have information on routes accessible to people with motor disabilities, this information is also useful for seniors and people with reduced mobility for different reasons, fathers and mothers with baby cars, people with impaired health or whoever looks for a safer route for their daily journeys, will allow to locate relevant information of the city and put it at the hand of whoever uses this App that is completely free for its end users so it does not discriminate against people for their income

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

140.000 users and 16.000 plus monthly active users. We had done survey to measure the improvement of autonomy on 2017 89% and 2018 92% declare they improve their autonomy with Lazarillo. A mayor insight is that the user experience of current apps for public transportation don't provide enough detailed audio guidance and also they relay mostly in visual directions so they are not so accessible for people visually impaired

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Our team have a technology-business mix, is leaded by René CEO Electrical Engineer with 6 years working on assistive technologies. Jorge CTO with a master degree on computer science manage 4 full stack developers, Miguel UX Accessibility Leader, been blind himself and with 10 years experience teaching assistive technologies. Álvaro CMO leads Sales with vast experience in social startup. Jonathan COO, Industrial engineer leads Operations team and integrators partners, second time founder.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

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Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

25,000 usd - Mapping of all health centers with their entrances, opening hours and ways for transportation 15,000 usd - Integration with public transportation 5,000 usd -Workshops with communities 5,000 usd -Focus Groups

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

During the pilot phase, we would make the initial qualification for integration with the transport system, both the bus system and the paratransit system, then we would carry out workshops with the community to identify relevant elements to take into account, make an update of the platform and incorporate these user suggestions, later we will pass to the mapping of all health centers and their accesses, opening hours and forms of transport, to which we will add the realization of Focus Groups from which new feedback elements will be raised for a new update.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

We will calculate the pilot's success in relation to the increase in the number of people using LazarilloApp to move through Austin and the increase in the number of people using LazarilloApp to reach health centers.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

This project can be supported with payment alternatives, the first is that the Medical centers pays a monthly fee. And the second alternative is that each medical center that provides services in Austin city pays a subscription for being advertised in LazarilloApp. Lazarillo currently has a B2B business model that keeps working with more than 15 public and private institutions making their locations accessible.

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