Umesh (uMe) Pandya
Co-Founder at Wayfindr


Umesh (uMe) Pandya is driven by using design and technology to solve problems that matter, he has been working as a practitioner in the digital sector for over 19 years, conceiving and launching inclusive, human centred, digital products, services and ventures.

Co-founder of Wayfindr, a multi-award-winning, social tech, not-for-profit that empowers vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Umesh also has led the product design and development of a couple of well-received FinTech products that have improved the banking experience for older people and people with physical and/or cognitive impairments. For many people, this was the first time they were able to access their money independently.

Over the last few years, he has been bringing tools, process and methodologies from the design and start-up sectors and adapting them to help accelerate product and service innovation in the social tech sector. He developed the Social Venture Canvas, a free to use tool to support social tech entrepreneurs on their journey in creating purpose-driven, impact lead, sustainable businesses.



Assistive Intelligence: Bridging the gap between our abilities and what we want to achieve
15.30 to 15.50
Main Stage

As we weave computers into the fabric of our environment and being; we must create inclusive, delightful and trustworthy solutions that dissolve effortlessly into our systems and our everyday life, where technology works alongside us bridging the gap between our abilities and what we want to achieve. So that everyone is included in moving forwards, through the inevitable together.

Umesh will share the story behind Wayfindr which set out to do just that and how they designed and validated the worlds first open standard for audio navigation to assist blind and vision-impaired people to navigate the world independently. Umesh will talk about the tools, techniques and methodologies they used and briefly touching on themes such as AR (Augmented Reality), AI (Assistive Intelligence) and Inclusive smart cities.