“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 and companies from all over the world through a live video call.
Since we launched in January 2015, more than 1,000,000 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 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. 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”.
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
DECEMBER 8th 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”
February 23rd 2018
Be My Eyes Launches Specialized Help with Microsoft as first customer
May 9th 2018
Be My Eyes wins Google Play Awards 2018 for “Best Accessibility Experience”
May 17th 2018
1 million people have signed up as Be My Eyes volunteers!
Jul 8th 2018
Be My Eyes receives the the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards at the 2018 NFB National Convention
Jul 17th 2018
Be My Eyes wins the AbilityNet Accessibility Award at the Tech4Good Awards 2018