RLSB hackathon produces dating app for the blind

The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) hosted a hackathon last month that produced a Tinder-style app that matches people by voice.

| 3rd Aug 15

The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) recently hosted a hackathon that produced a dating app that matches people by voice.

The hackathon, which was part of the charity’s London without Limits festival, aimed to investigate how technology can improve dating and employment opportunities for blind young Londoners.

Team “Tingle” created the prototype dating app, which allows users to send six-second voice messages until they find a match.

Users can talk to their matches in six-second clips. The more they talk to each other, the more time they unlock to send further messages and build a relationship.

Team Tingle said: “We were inspired by RLSB’s Kevin Satizabal who is blind and talked to us about his dating experiences – he said you fall in love with the voice first, there’s so much richness and intonation within a voice that gives clues to a person’s personality.

“For us this seemed like a great way to connect all people, not just those with vision impairment.”

Kevin Lewis from Rewired State, which helped set up the event, said: “I thought it was great to see so many amazing designers and developers in the room for two days giving up their time for such a great cause. I organise a lot of different hacks but this was definitely one where I could see real social good coming from it.”