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Friday, 1 February 2019

Tune Map’s Swift Headway in Empowering Indonesia’s Visually-Impaired Community

Based on the belief that everyone deserves equal opportunities, Tune Map application was created by Ita Pravitasari and team with an aim to ensure that the visually-impaired people can traverse the city safely.

The initiative can be traced back to the Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge (YVIC) in 2017—a partnership programme between United Nations Volunteer, ASEAN Foundation and SAP. The Tune Map initiative managed to become one of the winners of the programme and made good use of the mentorship from SAP and the seed funding to develop their platform further. Since then, Tune Map has been achieving notable milestones in their effort to empower Indonesia’s visually-impaired communities.

The Tune Map team in “Michael Tjandra Luar Biasa” show

After launching the beta version of the application on Google Play Store, Tune Map has received several distinguished recognitions in national and international stages. “The Tune Map team were invited to the Michael Tjandra Luar Biasa show in Rajawali Televisi (RTV) to talk about the initiative and the importance of public facility betterment for visually-impaired community,” said Gita Nofieka Dwijayati, Tune Map’s project leader. The initiative has also been chosen as one of the social startups to join Rise Incubator from Instellar, an entity that is focusing on growing potential early stage social enterprises in Indonesia.

In international stage, the initiative was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2018/19 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant among other region’s most promising young leaders. The grant will be utilised for product development and running a Tune Map’s campaign called #MapMyDay to raise awareness about disability and accessibility.

Photos: Tune Map

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