Entrepreneur developing accessibility mapping app

Americas, November 18 2015

TORONTO, CANADA: As someone who uses a wheelchair, Maayan Ziv was often unsure if city spaces would be accessible until she showed up at the entrance. Unable to find this valuable information anywhere, Maayan took matters into her own hands and developed an application called AccessNow. This groundbreaking web-based app uses crowdsourced information to pinpoint the accessibility status of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and tourist destinations around the world on an interactive map.

Accessibility advocate and entrepreneur Maayan Ziv photographed on a wheelchair ramp at Toronto's MaRS building. Photo: Lucas Oleniuk/Get Stock“So the idea was: Why don’t we just build a map that would allow anyone who has experience with accessibility to add their own information so we can start to collect places – not only in Toronto, but all over the world.”

Maayan brought her idea to life in Ryerson’s intensive 12-month Master of Digital Media program. Here she gained the skills, opportunities and industry connections needed to incubate and accelerate her project in the digital world. Since its launch, the app has garnered a community of followers and ignited discussion about accessibility and inclusivity for all.

November 16-20 is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Ryerson is hosting a range of events and activities, including idea consultation sessions, an SEO workshop, and a traction startup simulation game.

For more information, go to www.ryerson.ca/entrepreneurship.

Source:  Ryerson University

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