Our story

Small acts of kindness with global impact.
“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 blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.

Since we launched in January 2015, more than 2,000,000 volunteers have signed up to assist blind and low-vision users. Be My Eyes users can request assistance in over 180 languages making the app the biggest online community for blind and low-vision people as well as one of the largest micro-volunteering platforms in the world! Every day, volunteers sign onto Be My Eyes to lend their sight to blind and low-vision individuals to tackle challenges and solve problems together.

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 low-vision 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 Jørgen got the idea for Be My Eyes. He believed that the technology of video calls could be used to visually assist blind or low-vision individuals, without them having to rely on friends and family, but using a network of volunteers.

In April 2012, Hans Jørgen 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. In December 2017 Be My Eyes was chosen as Google Play Best Apps of 2017 in the categories; “Most Innovative”, “Best Daily Helper” and “Best Hidden Gem”, and in May 2018 Be My Eyes won the Google Play Award 2018 for “Best Accessibility Award”.

In February 2018, the feature Specialized Help was launched with Microsoft as first partner company. Specialized Help enables blind and low-vision users to connect with official company representatives for accessible and efficient customer support.

Timeline

2012
April
Hans Jørgen Wiberg presents his app idea at Startup Weekend Aarhus, Denmark
2013
October 4th
Hans Jørgen presents the Be My Eyes idea in an impassioned TEDx Talk
2015
January 15th
Be My Eyes launches the iOS app
May
Be My Eyes wins Best Social Entrepreneurial Tech Startup at Nordic Startup Awards
June
Be My Eyes is a finalist at Index Awards
October
Be My Eyes receives 1 of 7 spots in the Singularity University Accelerator program, as the only Scandinavian company
October
Popular Science features Be My Eyes on their list of Best App of 2015
2016
April
Be My Eyes wins the category ‘Share Resources’ at the Danish Design Award
October
Be My Eyes wins the category ‘Healthy Life’ at the European Youth Award
2017
June
Be My Eyes appears as number 10 at the Disrupt 100 2017 list
September
Be My Eyes wins the Oslo Innovation Award
OCTOBER 5TH
Be My Eyes launches the Android app
DECEMBER 8TH
Be My Eyes chosen as Google Play Best Apps of 2017 in the categories; “Most Innovative”, “Best Daily Helper” and “Best Hidden Gem”
2018
January 29th
Be My Eyes joins forces with Moovit
FEBRUARY 23RD
Be My Eyes launches Specialized Help with Microsoft as first company
MAY 9TH
Be My Eyes wins Google Play Awards 2018 for “Best Accessibility Experience”
MAY 17TH
1 million people have signed up as Be My Eyes volunteers!
JULY 8TH
Be My Eyes receives the the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards at the 2018 NFB National Convention
July 16th
1.5 million people have signed up as Be My Eyes volunteers!
JUL 17TH
Be My Eyes wins the AbilityNet Accessibility Award at the Tech4Good Awards 2018
August 14th
Microsoft expands Specialized Help opening hours to 24/7
September 12th
Be My Eyes and Moovit partnership expands to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Iceland
October 8th
Be My Eyes announced Gold Winner of GOV Design Awards in the category Digital Experience
October 23rd
Be My Eyes announced Gold Winner of Berlin Design Awards in the category Service - Community
October 24th
100,000 blind and low-vision people have signed up for Be My Eyes
November 15th
Be My Eyes founder, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, receives Lovie Emerging Entrepreneur Award at the Lovie Awards
December 10th
In Your Pocket launches Be My Eyes integration in the UK
2019
January 15th
Be My Eyes wins the Better Story Awards
March 13th
Be My Eyes launches Google as new Specialized Help partner
March 14th
2 million people have signed up as Be My Eyes volunteers!
Today

The Be My Eyes Team

Christian Erfurt

CEO

Hans Jørgen Wiberg 

Founder

Alexander Hauerslev Jensen

CCO

Henrik Jachobsen 

Senior Software Engineer

André Schmidt

Software Developer

Cecilie Skou Andersen

Communications Officer

Julia Rignot

Communications Officer

Jozef Simo

Designer

Will Schaller

Web Developer

Will Butler

VP, Community

Michele Paris

Marketing and Communication Intern

Tomas Pavlik

Marketing Intern

Sanne Hegelund Byrgesen

Designer