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Malaysian Startup Using AR to Teach Sign Language

CYBERJAYA, MALAYSIA – Siasitok Sign Language AR, a startup that is improving education of the hearing-impaired through augmented reality technology, captured first prize at the Malaysian finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Cyberjaya.

Siasitok Sign Language AR uses technology to help people learn sign language — easier, faster, more fun and more effectively.

“Due to the low population of the deaf community, they have been isolated in many aspects of education, health and work. This situation creates a difficult way for them to socialize with society. Apart from sign language, hearing aids or implants were used to communicate with this community,” said Awang Shahrizas, founder of Siasitok. “Not all people know sign language and only deaf people are experts in sign language. This limitation has motivated us to develop this teaching aids to teach sign language faster than traditional methods.”

 Siasitok provides the first Malaysian sign language augmented reality flashcard.

 In preparation for the EWC Global Finals, Shahrizas will participates in an acceleration program which features virtual training and one-to-one mentoring targeted to their company’s current stage and growth trajectory.

Siasitok emerged victorious from a pool of 166 contestants who applied – each receiving access to free virtual training services to help them take their venture to the next level.

Other finalists at EWC Malaysia included:

  • Life Origin, a versatile organic waste recycling army that converts underutilized nutrients from food waste into highly nutritious protein in just 10-15 days.

  • GROW, an urban farm concept that combats the high cost of rent and reduces risk of high startup costs through working with “Landers” and “Growers.”

More than 102,000 contestants from 184 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from the idea stage to the growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.

EWC is an initiative led by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Misk Global Forum with support from a collection of national and global partners, including the Global Educational and Leadership Foundation and GSVlabs.

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