Santiago Velasquez - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Giving people with vision impairment access to a digital lifestyle

Located in Brisbane

Santiago Velasquez is a Brisbane innovator who is a good example of how having a visual impairment need not hinder access to the latest and most affordable digital technologies. As founder and CEO of Eyesyght, he develops technology that bridges the gap between the virtual world and the physical world by allowing users to feel textures on touch screens.

By doing this, he is making maps, pictures and graphs accessible to them in real time, thus giving visually impaired people access to information that currently has to be printed.

With his second innovation, he is developing a system that will allow vision impaired travellers to hail a bus electronically. The system alerts the driver that there is a passenger at an approaching stop, which means the user can have mobile independence and also be guaranteed of not missing their bus.

Santiago is a student at the Queensland University of Technology, studying for a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering). Additionally, he is a Member of the Aerospace Engineering Society and a Member of the Electrical Engineering Society.

His participation in the not-for-profit Opti-Minds Challenge facilitated creative problem solving as part of the event for teams aged from pre-school to adult. He has also taken part in the Griffith University and Google robotics challenge. Santiago was invited to be a mentor and judge for a hackathon run by a school for the blind in the USA.

Santiago’s activities:

Quarterly mentoring workshops for people in his community, especially those with a visual impairment, with the aim of clearing up any misconceptions about current technology and the adoptions of future technologies.

Santiago is nominated by Queenslanders with Disability Network


Giving people with vision impairment access to a digital lifestyle

Located in Brisbane

Santiago Velasquez is a Brisbane innovator who is a good example of how having a visual impairment need not hinder access to the latest and most affordable digital technologies. As founder and CEO of Eyesyght, he develops technology that bridges the gap between the virtual world and the physical world by allowing users to feel textures on touch screens.

By doing this, he is making maps, pictures and graphs accessible to them in real time, thus giving visually impaired people access to information that currently has to be printed.

With his second innovation, he is developing a system that will allow vision impaired travellers to hail a bus electronically. The system alerts the driver that there is a passenger at an approaching stop, which means the user can have mobile independence and also be guaranteed of not missing their bus.

Santiago is a student at the Queensland University of Technology, studying for a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering). Additionally, he is a Member of the Aerospace Engineering Society and a Member of the Electrical Engineering Society.

His participation in the not-for-profit Opti-Minds Challenge facilitated creative problem solving as part of the event for teams aged from pre-school to adult. He has also taken part in the Griffith University and Google robotics challenge. Santiago was invited to be a mentor and judge for a hackathon run by a school for the blind in the USA.

Santiago’s activities:

Quarterly mentoring workshops for people in his community, especially those with a visual impairment, with the aim of clearing up any misconceptions about current technology and the adoptions of future technologies.

Santiago is nominated by Queenslanders with Disability Network