Making the World More Accessible
About BAWA Tech
Who We Are and What We Stand For
Our BAWA Tech Journey
Our inspiration: Helping Our Late Grandmother and Understanding Visual Impairment
Initially, our journey began with a purpose to aid our late grandmother in coping with her vision loss caused by cataract and glaucoma. In order to better comprehend the challenges faced by the visually impaired, we decided to immerse ourselves in their perspective.
As we delved deeper into our research, we discovered that standard white canes were unable to adequately detect obstacles, especially those above knee level. In addition, there had been no major innovations in white canes for the visually impaired, leaving them with limited options. Though guide dogs were available as an alternative, they came with a hefty price tag and faced acceptance challenges, particularly in our country of Malaysia.
Therefore, we made the decision to impact the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals around the world, to not allow anyone else go through what our grandmother had to when adapting to life without sight.
Innovating for Greater Independence: The Creation of BAWA Cane
After conducting extensive research and speaking to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, we discovered that there was a significant gap in the market for assistive technology that could help individuals navigate their environment more safely and effectively.
We saw an opportunity to create a more innovative and effective solution, which is how the idea for the BAWA Cane was born. Our team of engineers and designers worked tirelessly to create a cane that was not only capable of detecting obstacles at various heights, but also provided additional functionality to make navigating the environment easier and more intuitive.
The BAWA Cane has since been tested and refined through numerous iterations and feedback from users, resulting in a product that has the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals across the globe.
From Product to Ecosystem: The Birth of BAWA Tech Ecosystem
Our journey has taken us on a path towards a greater purpose — the creation of the BAWA Tech Ecosystem of assistive technology, inspiring us to become the go-to brand for all things innovative in the independent living industry. Having said that, we are on a voyage and its mission is to break barriers and empower individuals with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest, and we will stop at nothing to achieve our vision of a more accessible world.
A World of Accessible Technology for All: Our Beliefs and Commitment
Our belief at BAWA Tech is that even without sight, individuals who are blind or visually impaired should have access to innovative assistive technologies that promote greater independence and improve their quality of life. We also believe that these technologies can benefit not only the individual, but also their loved ones, caregivers, and the wider society for the blind. BAWA Tech is committed to creating a world where everyone, regardless of ability, can thrive and achieve their full potential.
Awards, Recognition, and Strategic Partnerships
In 2019, having emerged as 1st runner up for Infineon LG Make Hackathon, BAWA Tech is a partner of Infineon Technologies Co-Innovation Space which supports start-ups in viable semiconductor solutions development and fast-tracks their product prototype journey.
You Deserve The Very Best in Assistive Technology
Meet the Visionaries Behind BAWA Tech
The BAWA Tech
Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) (Honours) and Bachelor of Computer Science graduate with a passion for almost anything. Daniel Vong participated in many global competitions and hackathons ranging from HydroContest – a contest to build the fastest, most energy efficient boat to Microsoft Imagine Cup – a global technology competition. He was the Engineering Lead of Microsoft Student Partners Malaysia FY15-17.
Graduated with Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) and achieved Swinburne University of Technology most prestigious recognition – Swinburne Emerging Leader Award. Stella Vong is recognized by The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants for her outstanding performance in both academic and extra-curriculum activities and was awarded the Excellence Awards for Best Accounting Graduates.
“We envision BAWA Cane to be the centre of all things for a blind and visually impaired person from how they move, how they commute, to how they interact with other people and smart devices.”
— Ts. Daniel Vong IEng MIET MCP
Collaborating for Success
Partnerships That Made Our Startup Journey Possible
Aemulus is a leader in Automated Test Equipment (ATE) solutions amongst Deloitte’s Technology Fast500.
We are very fortunate to have industrial insights from Aemulus, a leading electrical and electronic engineering company in the semiconductor industry.
Our Sarawak Digital Ecosystem Partner
SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub
SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub is an inclusive platform to support and empower early-stage startups and social enterprises in Sarawak on their journey towards success.
Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) is a regulatory body established pursuant to Section 3 of Sarawak Multimedia Authority Ordinance 2017 and Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (TEGAS) is a charitable trust dedicated to promoting TVET, STEM and Entrepreneurship in Sarawak.
Our Trade Promotion Partner
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is The National Trade Promotion Agency of Malaysia.
MATRADE has been an invaluable partner in our export journey, providing us with crucial market insights and intelligence that have given us a competitive edge in foreign markets.
Infineon Technologies AG is a German semiconductor manufacturer founded in 1999, when the semiconductor operations of the parent company Siemens AG were spun off.
Infineon OPTIGA™ Trust product family offers a full range of security chips to address our needs in the field of embedded authentication and brand protection and further security applications.
Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre (CREST)
CREST is an industry-led agent that catalyses the growth of Malaysia’s E&E industry by creating a vibrant R&D ecosystem.
CREST brings Industry, Academia, and Government to work together in R&D, Talent Development, and Market Engagement to advance our goals.
Recognitions and Awards
Celebrating Our Achievements
IET Impact in Society Awards: Finalists 2023
Infineon LG > Make Hackathon 2019: 1st Runner Up
Selangor International Pitch 2018: 1st Runner Up
TEGAS Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp 2018: Winner
IdeaPad – 13th World Islamic Economic Forum: Top 4 Finalist
Seedstars Kuala Lumpur 2017: Top 8 Finalist
Innovate Malaysia Design Conference 2016: Microsoft Track 2nd Runner Up
2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup Malaysia: World Citizenship Champion
2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Malaysia: Innovation Champion
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Become Our Partner in Empowering Accessibility
We invite assistive technology distributors and healthcare providers to connect with us and become our partners in bringing BAWA Cane and other innovative products to those who need them most.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about becoming a distributor.