In today’s society it is often hard to find someone who is truly inspiring, let alone someone who shows all the values instilled in the best of us. Santiago Velasquez is the founder of EyeSyght, a budding tech company with a focus on solving one of the biggest accessibility issues in the modern world. Additionally he is a two time participant in the Kokoda challenge, he completed the Oxfam trail-walker and Ride for Life challenges, and he has also participated in the Opti Minds challenge, and Griffith and Google robotics challenges. He is the first visually impaired person to attempt an electrical engineering degree in Australia and has repeatedly been invited to participate in the MIT innovation and entrepreneurship boot-camp. In addition to all of the aforementioned experiences, he was invited to be a Mentor and a judge at the first Hackathon that was run by the Perkins School for the blind in Boston.
Santiago was born in April 1996 in Armenia, Colombia. He moved with his family to Australia in 2009 where he completed his school.