Areej Al Medinah
Winner at GSEA Pakistan National Final 2018-2019
Startup Name: ConnectHear
ConnectHear is a social startup that aims to create deaf accessibility using video sign language interpretation services. It also does sign language training and interpreter certification to increase sign language interpreters in the region.
The inspiration was one of the co-founder’s life struggles, who was raised by deaf parents. By observing how the limitations of deaf individuals make them dependent for the simplest of everyday communications, the marginalization of an entire community was disturbing. Imagine 10 million people in Pakistan going through the same hurdles every day. This became the motivation behind ConnectHear- to make society inclusive for the deaf.