One time, I took a training class about Tourism for all. The trainer was on wheelchair and I realized that it is important to create facilities that are accessible for everyone. He trained us about how people with impairments can enjoy attraction if the attraction is accessible. After that, I started to concern about disability and accessibility issue. When I went back to Indonesia, I met with my high school friends, Malik and Pravitasari. They have the same vision and concern with me. They did not feel comfortable at all to walk within the city, and then we thought, how about people who cannot see anything? How can they walk independently with the unsafe pavement conditions. We brought our idea into a competition called “UN Global Pulse Big Ideas Competition in 2016” and that was when Tune Map started. We won excellence award back then and we kept on improving Tune Map until now.
What were the challenges you faced while creating Tune Map? How did you overcome these challenges?
The first challenge that we faced was none of the founder has an IT background. We then tried to get a grant so we could find a developer and pay them professionally. Luckily, we managed to get grant from UN Volunteer in 2017 as we joined a competition called YVIC (Youth Volunteer Impact Challenge) and got 1st Runner Up. Since then, we hired a team and asked them to develop Tune Map further. However, as time goes by, the developer team realized that Tune Map carries out social mission, so they decided to volunteer instead to create a website for Tune Map.
The challenge also comes from society. There is still a lack of awareness of having facilities that are accessible for everyone including people with disability. People do not know how important it is to have accessible facilities. Even the government still makes a policy that is not applicable for disabled people because they did not ask them directly on how to provide accessible facilities for disabled people. Every time we pitch our idea about Tune Map, there will always be a question about how visually impaired people can use mobile phone in their daily life, and the audience doubted that people with visual impairment can go independently. Therefore, we created a campaign so people can see with their own eyes that visually impaired people can do a lot of things like other people do and raised their awareness about accessibility and disability issue.
Where do you see Tune Map in the future?
I hope Tune Map can make an impact for the society and the data that Tune Map has been collected can be used to improve the city’s accessibility. Additionally, I hope that people with visual impairment can use Tune Map in their daily life so they can be more empowered and independent.
What advice would you give people who want to start their own ventures?
First, find a friend who has the same vision, passion, and goal as you since it is hard to be a single founder.
Secondly, always remember your reason why do you want to start your own business at the first place. Sometimes, things will get really hard during your journey. Remembering your “why” will help you gain some new strengths.
Lastly, networking, networking, and networking! Collaboration is really important for your business. Therefore, create your network as wide as you can as you will never know which person is going to help you with your business.
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