Umesh Pandya has been working as a designer for over 16 years and is passionate about helping organisations make inclusive digital products. His current focus is on using the internet of things to make our cities inclusive to all. He believes that “As we weave computers into the fabric of our environment and being, we should aspire to create inclusive, trustworthy and delightful products that dissolve effortlessly into our everyday life".
He is Co-Founder, CEO at Wayfindr, a pioneering tech for good, google.org backed, not-for-profit. Their mission is to empower millions of vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Wayfindr publishes a free to use Open Standard that guides venue owners in using indoor navigation services to improve the wayfinding experience for all their customers, including vision impaired people. Previous to this role, Umesh was a senior member of staff at ustwo’s London studio. Alongside leading client projects in the FinTech sector, he founded the Invent Time programme at ustwo. This focused on using current and emerging technologies for good. Umesh holds an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Wayfindr – Audio Based Navigation for Vision Impaired People
Umesh Pandya will share the story behind Wayfindr and how the Royal Society for Blind Children, and ustwo, created the world’s first Open Standard for audio Wayfinding. The Open Standard will empower vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Umesh will talk about the tools, techniques, methodologies they used over the the last two years.