René Espinoza is the CEO at Lazarillo, a free app for the blind and visually impaired which guides users through their city and building environments with real-time voice messages, and connects users with businesses through accessible online shopping and notification services. He has been working in assistive technology for over six years.
René started off working in a medical institution in Chile with neurologists, physicians and people with various disabilities. He was asked to develop a mobile app for the blind and with a government grant of $15,000 dollars, and he continued developing Lazarillo with his co-founders who he met during university life.
Rene is a winner of the MIT Innovator Under 35 and YLAI Fellow 2017. The company is also a winner of 2018 Project Zero award, and winner of the ICT Mada Accessibility Prize.