With the help of our specialists and our charismatic virtual translators,
Hugo and Maya, we break communication barriers between deaf and hearing people through the use of technology.
“Through technology we are able to cross borders and reach nearly everywhere. With it we are bringing people together, providing more accessibility to millions of them and contributing to a fairer and more inclusive world.”
Hand Talk was created with the mission to break communication barriers with technology. Learn our entire history!
Winner Startup | Demoday, Brazil
Official launch of the Hand Talk App
The Hand Talk App was officially launched in Libras (Brazilian Sign Language)
Hand Talk’s official launch
Acquisition of our main competitor in Libras (Brazilian Sign Language) translation: ProDeaf
Launch of ASL translation in the Hand Talk App
Launch of our new virtual translator: Maya
We reached the milestone of 1 billion words translated
Certified as a Great Place To Work
Development of a technology for movement recognition in Sign Languages
Opening of our new headquarters located in Maceió – Brazil
CEO of Hand Talk
Selected by MIT as one of the 35 most innovative young people in the world
MIT’s 35 Innovators Under 35
Most innovative solution in the world
Gifted Citizen Award. Puebla – Mexico, 2016
Best social app in Latin America
Selected by the UN as the best accessibility app in Latin America and the Caribbean. Medellín – Colombia, 2015
Best LATAM solution for broadcast
Best solution for broadcast and new media in Latin America. SETup Challenge, 2015
Most innovative startup in Brazil
Rio Info 2012. Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Best social app of the world
Selected by the UN during WSA-mobile 2013. Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Most innovative startup in Latin America
QPrize 2014. Qualcomm Ventures. São Paulo – Brazil / California – USA
One of the top 3 web accessibility projects
Selected by W3C. [email protected] 2014. Brazil
One of the 16 most innovative startups in Latin America
BID. Demand Solutions, 2014
Global Pluralism Awards. 2017
CEO of Hand Talk
Advertising graduate and strategic communication specialist. Is the Executive Director and co-founder of Hand Talk, one of the most awarded startups in Brazil, whose app was elected by the UN as the best social app in the world. Was elected by the paper Folha de S. Paulo as the most promising Social Entrepreneur in Brazil, by Forbes magazine as one of the most promising young people in the country, and by MIT as one of the 35 most innovative young people around the world.
CTO of Hand Talk
Systems Engineer and co-founder of Hand Talk, is a software and app developer with over 20 years of experience programming. Besides his entrepreneurial experience, also worked developing technology in big companies. In 2014, alongside his partners, was elected by the paper Folha de S. Paulo as the Social Entrepreneur of the Future in Brazil.
CAIO of Hand Talk
Artifficial Intelligence Director and co-founder of Hand Talk, specialized in graphic animation. Is an architecture graduate from the Federal University of Alagoas, in Brazil, and a 3D animation graduate from Seneca College, in Toronto-CA. There he worked with special effects in productions for TV shows, short and long films for various international companies. In 2014, alongside his partners, was elected by the paper Folha de S. Paulo as the Social Entrepreneur of the Future in Brazil.