“It's my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world.”
– Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder of Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for the blind and visually impaired. The app connects blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers from all over the world through a live video call.
Since our launch, on January 15th 2015, 70,000 blind and visually impaired has been assisted by more than 970,000 sighted volunteers. The app is used in 150+ countries and can be accessed in more than 180+ languages. This makes Be My Eyes the biggest global online community for the blind and visually impaired, as well as one of the largest micro-volunteering platforms in the world. Every day, volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help the blind and visually impaired lead more independent lives.
The Be My Eyes story started in Denmark in 2012 with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a Danish furniture craftsman, who is visually impaired himself. Through his work at ‘The Danish Association of the Blind’, he recognized that blind or visually impaired people often needed a little assistance to solve everyday tasks. However, it wasn’t until a blind friend told him that he used video calls to connect with family and friends, who could help him with these tasks, that Hans Jorgen got the idea for Be My Eyes. He believed that the technology of video calls could be used to visually assist blind or visually impaired individuals, without them having to rely on friends and family, but using a network of volunteers.
In April 2012, Hans presented his idea at a Danish startup event, where he got connected with a team that was ready to make Be My Eyes a reality. On January 15th 2015, the Be My Eyes app was released for iOS, and within 24 hours the app had more than 10,000 users. Since the release of the iOS app, an Android version has been in high demand. The Android version was finally released on October 5th 2017.
Hans Jørgen Wiberg presented his app idea at Startup Weekend Aarhus, Denmark
October 4th 2013
Hans presented the Be My Eyes idea in an impassioned TEDx Talk
January 15th 2015
Launch of the Be My Eyes iOS app
Winner of Best Social Entrepreneurial Tech Startup at Nordic Startup Awards
Finalist at Index Awards
Be My Eyes received 1 of 7 spots in the Singularity University Accelerator program, as the only Scandinavian company
Be My Eyes was featured on Popular Science’s list of Best App of 2015
Winner of the category ‘Share Resources’ at the Danish Design Award
Winner of the category ‘Healthy Life’ at the European Youth Award
Be My Eyes appeared as number 10 at the Disrupt 100 2017 list
Winner of the Oslo Innovation Award
October 5th 2017
Launch of the Be My Eyes Android app