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Gavin Neate

Gavin Neate

Neatebox Limited

About this Speaker

I get out of bed thinking about my "Why" but I also get into bed thinking about it too.

My "Why" is driven by my passion for seeing everyone as equal, encouraging all others to do the same, and putting in place the methods that make this possible.

When we start off every interaction on the premise that everyone has something to add we stand to gain so much more than we lose and perhaps we might even evolve our understanding of the benefits of true inclusion.

I set up Neatebox in 2011 whilst working for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I was certain that technology was going to play an increasingly valuable role in the lives of disabled people. In 2012 I invented the world's first smartphone-operated pedestrian crossing (Button) and in 2017 introduced the world to proximity-based staff awareness of disability with WelcoMe.

WelcoMe allows service teams to communicate with disabled visitors before they arrive at their location. It fundamentally changes the relationship through the improvement of awareness and interactions. For the disabled visitor to know they will be met by someone who understands their needs not only helps in the moment but also encourages those who are anxious about leaving home to take a more active part in society.

With 1.3 billion disabled people worldwide (a number set to increase dramatically in the coming years) I have created the opportunity to totally change the way people interact and for us all to be seen as valuable members of society.

It is easy to see why I go to bed thinking about my "why" and looking forward to waking up and taking another step closer to delivering on it every time the sun rises.

If you are a positive engaging person I want to connect with you. If you believe in equity of opportunity I want to connect with you. If you believe that positive action can change the world...I want to connect with you.

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