The Overcoming Journey of Mizael Conrado that made Messi the first ambassador of OrCam Technologies

OrCam Technologies

Messi will be the first ambassador of OrCam Technologies, the company that creates and develops solutions for the blind, and this made him aware of the history of the leader of the Paralympic Committee of Brazil.


The Blaugrana captain has just become the first ambassador for OrCam Technologies, the company responsible for creating and developing assistance solutions for the blind. The OrCam MyEye, intended for people who are blind or have vision difficulties is a small portable device that captures images by the second and reads them aloud to the user, thus allowing a book to be read, recognize faces or colours and understanding supermarket products in front of them. During the process, Lionel Messi met several people to whom he was offering the pioneering device while contacting with their stories, one story in particular – the life story of the current president of the Paralympic Committee of Brazil, Mizael Conrado.

There were some particularly striking stories. For example, the history of the Brazilian user, Mizael Conrado, 42 years old. The special connection with him came for what they have in common: the love of football.  Mizael always had the dream of becoming a football player and even though he was blind since the age of nine, he played in 5 Paralympic football matches for the Brazilian team in 14 years, winning two gold medals at the Paralympics in Athens and Beijing. Nowadays, he is the president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. As this user still speaks Spanish, the two exchanged views about the world of football” explained Fabio Rodríguez, Portugal and Spain OrCam Country Manager, to the Observer, before highlighting other cases involving Messi.

Because he is the father of three children, the stories of the youngest users also marked the player, with whom he felt a special connection. With Abril, a user from Uruguay, Messi paid special attention to the adversities that blind children face, while also creating an emphatic connection with the child’s parents” said Rodríguez.

Born in Santo André, Mizael Conrado was born blind due to a congenital cataract, he had surgery four times as a baby to recover his vision but, because of retinal dislocation, started to lose his vision again at the age of nine, becoming totally blind at 13. He studied at Instituto Padre Chico, specialized for people with partial or total vision impairments, and later graduated in Law from the University of São Paulo, having one of the greatest careers among Brazilian Paralympic athletes: he was twice champion in the games of 2004 and 2008 and two-times world champion (1998 and 2000) among many other collective titles, being considered the best football player in the world in 5 in 1998, four years after winning the first trophy.

Today he is the president of the Paralympic Committee of Brazil, after eight years, until 2017, as a deputy and as the association general secretary, in addition to being deputy of the Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Lawyers Association of São Paulo. Among many other positions held at state, national and international (he is part of the Executive Committee of the World Union of the Blind and the Latin American Union of the Blind), he took on a relevant role in the approval of the Law for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Brazil.

Having the Support of an important figure like Lionel Messi is a big step for OrCam Technologies. Our goal as a company is to be able to use technology based on artificial intelligence to help people with visual impairments to be more independent and happier, but the goal of this campaign is to share with the world what is more important: the incredible stories of overcoming difficulties that blind people have. Lionel Messi in addition to being a world star, is the personification of how to maximize our own potential and how to overcome limits. By joining this campaign and showing a willingness to share the message of this life-changing technology, this person admired worldwide shows a new facet of himself. It is a figure that transcends the limits of countries and languages and for that reason he can help us reach millions of people who need help”, added Rodríguez, regarding the choice of the Argentine as ambassador.

Lionel Messi also addressed the association with OrCam Technologies, announced this Wednesday. “I am very pleased to be able to be part of a project whose main mission is to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired people. Being an OrCam Ambassador will allow you to meet people with incredible life stories, who deserve to have something to help them. Being able to give this alternative to myself will be invaluable. All these emotions were incredible, meeting this incredible group of people from all over the world was a magical and inspiring moment. Witnessing these experiences showed me that this will be a device that will change everyone’s lives”, commented the Barcelona player, who is from now on the brand’s first ambassador.

Interview with Fabio Rodríguez, Portugal and Spain OrCam Country Manager, to Observador

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How did artificial intelligence and Cloud facilitate SNS24’S response to the pandemic?


In the last few months there were a lot of news that came to pinpoint the limitations in the response of the telephone line that was making a first screening and forwarding of potential cases of Covid-19 in Portugal. During this period, there were also several announcements of guardianship on the reinforcement of the line’s capacity and other improvements to the response capacity.

Now Altitude Software, a Portuguese multinational that – in partnership with the Company Altice – provides the technological solution to support the line, came to reveal and detail what changes were made and which technologies ended up having a relevant role in strengthening a line that registers 40 thousand daily contacts.

The pandemic support plan was activated in March and involved the operation of 2200 new service lines and the integration of new tools, including 1900 interactive answering systems (Interactive Voice Response) and Voice Bots to automate a first line of assistance response and screen what were Covid-19 cases. With the new systems, which take advantage of technologies such as artificial intelligence, it was possible to «reallocate health professionals’ time to the next stages of the care process», emphasizes Altitude.

As the pandemic progressed, new tools were integrated into the screening and care process, such as a mobile application to streamline remote appointments scheduled by health professionals or a video channel capable of responding to the needs of the mute-deaf community.

As Altitude explains, whenever a video call is requested through the SNS24 website, access to a sign language translator is now automatically established to facilitate communication.

During the last few months, health professionals who serve via the hotline have also seen the possibility of responding to users’ contacts from anywhere, via mobile phone and with the security of a VPN connection. The technological solution to support the call centre is hosted in the cloud, which facilitated the transition of the service to a remote regime at a time when confinement obligations restricted mobility, explains Altitude.

The technological support of the Health Ministry contact centres is ensured by Altitude’s Xperience Engagement since 2018. To respond to the pandemic it was necessary to reinforce capacity and introduce new features that, according to the company, were planned and executed in three days.

Initially published in Ntech.News.

Ordem da Trindade will invest more than 10 million in the back of the Oporto Town Hall

Vista aérea da Ordem da Trindade

Throughout these centuries of existence, the Ordem da Trindade has faced wars and pandemics, invasions and crisis, lived through different political regimes and performed different missions, always relevant to the city of Porto and its citizens” says Francisco Miranda Duarte, general director of this private, non-profit social solidarity institution.

It’s one of the oldest and most emblematic institutions in Oporto, which this year, 2020, when it celebrated its 265th anniversary, decided to proceed with a deep project to rehabilitate its infrastructure, increase capacity and improve the quality of the services that provides.

As Fate would have it, the works started at the beginning of a world pandemic: “They started on February 3rd and were expected to be completed by the end of May next year”, revealed an official source of the Ordem da Trindade to Negócios.

At stake is the rehabilitation of the entire rectangular block the institution occupies, located between the building of the Oporto Townhall and the Trindade metropolitan station.

The objective of the project is to rehabilitate the built complex of the Ordem da Trindade, with a particular focus on the profound remodeling of the hospital, providing it with better structural conditions and cutting-edge technical means, which allow it to increase the quality of the services provided and the capacity of response to citizens”, detailed the same responsible.

Its unit of continuous care “which is a reference unit of the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care (RNCCI) and the only one inserted in the municipality of Oporto”, will see its capacity increased by an additional 30 beds “making available to Oporto residents an innovative Convalescence Care Unite” to be allocated on floors 5, 6 and 7 of the North Wing, facing the Trindade Metro Station.

Sacred art with 265 years of history and digital solutions in the future museum

The Trindade Church, which is part of the institution’s block, will also undergo works of improvement and structural consolidation “and will integrate, together with a museum path to be defined and built, the future Museum of the Trindade Church”, revealed the same source to Negócios.

It will be a relevant cultural space for the city and for citizens in general, using digital technological solutions, but it will also include the extraordinary collection of sacred art with 265 years of history”, he stressed.

As a matter of fact, he summarized “all the facade covers and cloths will still be recovered, but also an impactful intervention in the rehabilitation of outdoor spaces, with an increased concern in terms of mobility and accessibility for citizens”.

The global value of the investment will be “greater than 10 million Euros”.

More information here.

In Jornal de Negócios.

Good practices to avoid Coronavirus in co-work office centres and spaces

Avila Spaces

Avila Spaces, a business center located in Lisbon and profusely distinguished in innovation in the flexible workspaces market, created the WORK SAFE initiative, a set of measures to guarantee the protection of customers in their return to their shared workspaces. In this context, it adopted seven security measures that are already being applied by international hotel and aviation companies and that can serve as an example or other national companies. These measures are:

  1. Check-in Safety: upon arriving at Avila Spaces, a temperature test (optional) will be carried out and customers will be asked to disinfect their hands with alcohol. If necessary, a protective mask will also be provided. Each client will need to bring a paper placemat to use on their worktables, to avoid contact with surfaced. In the end, this placemat will be put in recycling.
  2. Distance and protection of desks: the tables in the business lounge area and individual desks in the coworking area have an acrylic partition that separates the workplaces, to maintain the recommended distance.
  3. Hygiene protocol: a protective mask should be used in the space and in the common areas there are several alcohol dispensers to clean your hands when entering and leaving Avila Spaces. The cleaning of all surfaces will be enhanced and there will be dedicated employees for this procedure.
  4. Air renovation: meetings in the Avila Spaces terrace will be privileged; the cleaning and maintenance of the AC will be done more regularly. Priority will also be given to opening windows to circulate the air in the business lounge area.
  5. Meeting rooms: meeting rooms will have a reduced capacity to guarantee the distance between users, being immediately cleaned and disinfected as soon as a meeting ends.
  6. Commons spaces: the Avila Spaces reception will be protected by an acrylic wall and the circulation in the business lounge is regulated with arrows, to guarantee the distance.
  7. Cup: the cutlery is placed in disposable paper bags and the garbage will be closed and placed in the proper containers with greater regularity by the Avila Spaces team.

Carlos Gonçalves, chief executive officer (CEO) of Avila Spaces, highlights the importance of this initiative noting: «At a time when a phased and controlled return to face-to-face work is beginning, companies need to start taking the necessary precautions and preparing the spaces for the new normal. At Avila Spaces, in addition to the implementation of indispensable security measures, we created the new position of Safety and Wellbeing Advisor, something we think is crucial for the task of returning to the office to be thought of in the most embracing and comprehensive way».

More Information here.

In Revista Human