DeafTawk, GSMA and Jazz make MWC22 Barcelona inclusive for the global deaf community
Making the world’s most influential connectivity industry event for the first time ever for the global deaf community, DeafTawk has partnered with the GSMA and Jazz, to provide live interpretation services of the sign language at Mobile World Congress Barcelona (MWC22 Barcelona), taking place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona from February 28 to March 3, 2022.
It is the world’s first inclusive tech event for the deaf and is an ideal platform to reach the deaf community around the world eager to learn about new technologies and startups. The initiative will allow the Deaf community to benefit from the four-day event by learning from technology entrepreneurs, executives and subject matter experts from leading companies around the world. DeafTawk will provide live interpretation for all MWC22 Barcelona Keynotes, D4T sessions and the 4YFN session on Reaching Underserved Population Segments.
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MWC22 Barcelona is the world’s most influential event for the connectivity industry. Here, top decision makers, creators and innovators come together to shape the future of connectivity. Many world-renowned companies from around the world join this conference as they reconnect, reinvent and reinvent for industry success. The presence of 1,500 exhibitors and 1,000 speakers testifies to the global reach and presence of the event.
Ali Shabbar – CEO, DeafTawk expressed his gratitude saying, “We would like to thank the support of the GSMA and Jazz, for giving the deaf community the opportunity to participate in one of the greatest events in technology. We are really excited to make MWC22 Barcelona inclusive for deaf people around the world and look forward to making the future more inclusive.
Aamir Ibrahim, CEO of Jazz, said: “It is encouraging to see DeafTawk, a startup scaled under Pakistan’s first accelerator program Jazz xlr8, making Mobile World Congress Barcelona inclusive for the deaf community. around the world through sign language interpreting services. Humbled that we can allow this fusion of technological innovation and empathy and determined to move this journey forward.
Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Digital Inclusion at GSMA Mobile for Development, added: “We are delighted that DeafTawk, one of our Innovation Fund recipients, is helping us provide a more inclusive and accessible experience for people with hearing loss at MWC22 Barcelona. This is in line with our vision to drive greater digital inclusion for people with disabilities and an exciting opportunity.”
Launched in 2018, DeafTawk aims to empower the deaf community by bridging the communication gap between them and the rest of society through digital technology. He is a beneficiary of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Technologies, an initiative currently funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and has created an online solution for deaf community connectivity with qualified sign language interpreters, while working on building the capacity of sign language interpreters for the provision of quality services. The start-up is also an alumnus of the National Incubation Center in Islamabad and also provides on-site interpretation and content services. DeafTawk is now expanding its operations from Pakistan to South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.