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Lazarillo, inclusion for all

Mobile app that helps visual, motor disabled and any people to navigate through the city, improving their autonomy.

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People with disabilities face difficulties to be autonomous and independent 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 ir on Miami, our cell application empowers people living with disabilities and also, helps everyone's experience gets improve. This system has already above 70,000 downloads and more than 9000 active users on 14 countries -even some of them are Miami residents- which use it for free as permanent assistance. 

Our mobile app is available worldwide, use multiple maps databases and preextisting 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 also connect with indoor accessibility system in the branches of enterprises that gets our services.

Lazarillo outdoor services, are capable to make that daily journeys for anyone who needs it are fresh, easy and adaptable, because if we are capable to fit to people living with disabilities, then we will be able to makes Miami a city for elderly people, children and every resident.

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

Our users are anyone who needs to move through to the city, although Lazarillo application has been specially designed for and by people with visual disabilities. We think that, if we are capable to make possible that blind people move autonomously, we can do it with everyone else. All of our users needs to have access to an smart phone with internet connection and have downloaded Lazarillo application. Our system gives, by text and voice messages information of accessible routes and orientation on branches of enterprises that are our customers, for example on BancoEstado this also has been useful for migrants who don't know the language.

Describe your solution's stage of development

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

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Our team have a technology-business mix, is leaded by area managers and coordinated by René (CEO). Our software development area chief, Gonzalo is a computer scientist and also full stack developer. In accessibility UX, is Miguel with experience in assistive technologies, he is blind and has been responsible for validating functionalities. Álvaro leads Marketing, and has experience in social startup. Jonathan leads operations, he is focus on results and looking to improve.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

As we said before, Lazarillo already have users in Miami, however we want to identify critical points for our current users that represent a difficulty in relation to public transport. We intend to pilot a project that enables Lazarillo to gives them specific information on 3 bus lines that transport the greatest number of people with visual impairment, and notify passengers about the location of the bus when the passenger wants to board it. We also intend to deliver them notifications, information about their trayect once they have tackled it. This installation will be initially free, and if after the trial period the bus provider wants to keep the service there will be two options, pay for the subscription and manage the notification system. In case that bus provider enterprise don’t want to keep a subscription, Lazarillo will use the installed beacons to deploy contextual marketing campaigns of those who are willing to pay for them, keeping their operation in service.

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

After implementation of the project we will establish a baseline with the information currently available on our heat maps, once this is done we will implement the project and after three months we again will measure the transit of our users in public transport and will make satisfaction surveys to measure our success


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The city should create bicycle trails on the highway. Example: if they were to take 1 lane from I-95 north and 1 from south, they will be able to make a bicycle trail in the middle of the highway. By building 5 foot tall concrete barrier with plastic glass ontop of the barrier, protecting cyclists from motorists and any flying debris. And at each existing exit, making a stairway to allow cyclists to safely get On and Off under the bridge and back on the highway. The same can be done for all major highways. This will motivate people to cosider cycling as a much faster way of transportation at high peak hours. Especially from Golden Glades to Downtown Miami on I-95.

Building wider roads is clearly not the solution for our traffic congestion, it's only getting worst. Building safe bike trails will encourage people to commute on a bicycles. Having less cars on the road and less pollution. Distance is not the problem, safety is the biggest concern.

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