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Kürşat Ceylan

Kürşat Ceylan was born in 1986. He was born blind. Kürşat studied psychological counseling at Boğaziçi University. During his university years, he was selected to attend the YGA Leadership Program as one of 50 participants out of 50,000 applicants. He volunteered on projects for the socioeconomic development of the visually impaired. After his graduation, he started to work at Roche, Istanbul. During this time, he was producing and hosting a Turkish award-winning radio show called, "Exploration of Senses that are Suppressed by Sight", which aired every week on NTV Radio. In 2015, he resigned from Roche and started working at YGA as project leader, spearheading projects for the visually impaired. Kürşat won various global awards for his work in the field of visual impairment, dealing with indoor navigation, audio description in movie theatres, and the WeWALK Smart Cane.

Currently, Kursat Ceylan is the co-founder of WeWALK Technology INC, which strives to solve problems for people who are visually impaired through innovation.

Accomplishments

WeWALK – startup of the year by Amazon

The WeWALK Smart Cane – best invention of the year by Time magazine

World Mobile Congress Award, Global System for Mobile Communications (2 times)

40 of Turkey's Brightest Young Entrepreneurs, Fortune 40 under 40

Speech, United Nations in Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2 times)

Gold Award in the Health & Wellness Category, Edison Awards