A few months ago we received an unexpected phone call: they were two guys with a brilliant idea and a great desire to help others. We immediately became interested in their project and we want to tell you about it.
The project is called WeGlad: it is an app developed to help people with motor difficulties or disabilities in their movements through three functions:
- Navigator: by setting the starting point and the destination, WeGlad will show, using Artificial Intelligence, the most suitable route based on the obstacles that the user chooses to avoid according to its abilities. It will also be possible to map the obstacles themselves, fixed or temporary, anywhere, on a map shared with everyone and, to find accessible parking spaces or to identify suitable public transport means and related accessible stops.
- Mapping of structures: on the app it is possible to identify the accessible structures and their relative location and opening times, accompanied by photos of the entrance, of the interiors and of the toilette to verify the accessibility, the maneuvering spaces and the usability. Users will be able to confirm the data or add other information to make the review more objective.
- Social network: the community is the basis of the app, the various users can in fact interact with each other to discuss paths, tell personal experiences, give and ask for help and, why not, make friends.
The founders of the project are two guys from Turin, Paolo Bottiglieri and Petru Capatina, who had the idea following personal experiences in close contact with people in wheelchairs. First in the family and then at work, the boys were able to approach this reality and see with their own eyes how many difficulties these Gladiators had to face every day, because this is how the two boys see them: WeGlad is in fact the contraction of Welcome Gladiators;;
“Gladiators who go down to the Arena of Life and who every day win battles against obstacles that shouldn’t exist, having difficulties they haven’t chosen. We often don’t realize how much 10 centimeters can translate into insurmountable walls ” – explains Capatina.
“Our goal is to get as many people as possible to notice this arena, which is often invisible. Entering it together as a community, which strives for the accessibility of all, is our responsibility!” – adds Bottiglieri.
Tired of seeing people in difficulty or unable to practice certain paths, they decided to make their contribution. Thus began an adventure in which they got information and documented themselves by traveling in Italy and Europe, arriving as far as Brussels, in search of as much information as possible. In the end, they conceived and developed an Open Social Navigator: yes, because in addition to being a navigator based on the social network, it is also open, meaning anyone can contribute by indicating any architectural barriers, inserting new routes, or adding additional accessible places.
WeGlad presents itself as a real innovation to speed up the movements of those people who too often find themselves blocked due to obstacles or inadequate structures, but it is also a project to which we can all contribute.
WeGlad is also the first innovative start-up, with a social and Benefit vocation in Piedmont, and among the first in Italy.
We at Max Application are proud to have supported this reality from the beginning as lenders and we hope that more and more companies and people will join the Arena.
And if the altruism and generosity of the initiative weren’t enough a Corporate Social Responsibility project: was also conceived: the companies that participate can involve employees in an internal challenge that will bring the participants, who have enriched the app with information the most. and mapping, to win a monetary voucher to be donated to non-profit entities of their choice. In short, a gain for everyone.
The WeGlad app is already available for free on the Play Store and App Store. Users can then start downloading it and give their contribution by adding useful information for the community.