Published: 2017-09-04 15:25
Last Updated: 2021-06-19 12:06
Sign language has found its way to mobile applications thanks to this Jordanian entrepreneur.
Mahmoud Darawshi, CEO and founder of MindRockets, has come up with a way to translate English and Arabic text and speech into sign language, enabling deaf people more independence and engagement with the community, as well as experiencing movies, TV shows and videos in a whole new way.
The Jordan-based startup is looking to expand by developing more languages for its successful app, as sign language differs depending on the country you come from.
Since its launch, 60,000 people have downloaded the app.
"We have 60,000 downloads on an individual level to communicate with deaf friends or family," says Malek Zuaiter, the startup's Business Development Executive.
But MindRockets have a wider vision for where their technology can be used.
"At an institutional level, we are integrating it into the infrastructures around us like services, pharmacies, airports, whatever you can think of; we can make design solutions based on this technology to make that accessible for deaf people," Zuaiter explains.
Darwashi developed his award-winning app when he was in high school after participating in the Intel ICEF Awards.
Determined to follow his dream, the entrepreneur quit his job and worked full-time on the MindRockets project.
"This is what happens when you go find talented people and a need in society, and just put them together," Zuaiter said.
MinRockets can be downloaded for FREE from Google Play and the App Store thanks to funding from the government, sponsors and strategic partnerships.