Hand Talk Wins m-Inclusion & Empowerment Category at WSA-mobile

The WSA-mobile Global Champion contest has come to a close. The applications have been evaluated, and the votes have been tallied. And now, the winners across eight categories have been announced – one of which is straight out of Latin America.

Brazilian mobile application Hand Talk won the m-Inclusion & Empowerment Category and was named a WSA-mobile Abu Dhabi Champion 2013.

Founded by Ronaldo Tenório, Carlos Wanderlan and Thadeu Luz, Hand Talk helps the hearing impaired. It receives data and translates in into Brazil’s official sign language, Libras, with a 3D avatar that appears on the mobile screen. The app works with both voice and text, and its API can be used across various operating systems and platforms. It makes content available to people who do not know a spoken language and is an exceptional social inclusion tool for Brazilians with hearing disabilities.

This isn’t Hand Talk’s first startup win. It came in first place at last year’s Demo Day Alagoas and took home a prize for innovation at Rio Info. The startup has also received backing from João Kepler and Sergio Papini of Anjos do Brasil.

Hand Talk was one of four Latin American apps to compete at WSA-mobile in Abu Dhabi this month. Keapo (Paraguay), Blanco y Negro (Ecuador) and MyFunCity (Brazil) also participated.