Louie Kennedy is a member of the Sales and Marketing team here at SpeakSee.
What is your role at SpeakSee?
When did you first begin working for SpeakSee?
“I first joined SpeakSee as an intern in August 2019 after meeting Jari at a career day for my University. After listening to the stories which led to SpeakSee’s foundation and seeing the prototype in action for the first time, I knew immediately that this was something that I wanted to be involved in.”
What motivates you to make the world more accessible for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing?
“On a personal level I am motivated by my Grandmother who lives in New Zealand. We often rely on Skype or phone conversations for us to communicate but as her hearing has gradually gotten worse over the last few years this has become more and more difficult. I hope that one day my work with SpeakSee will allow us to continue to stay connected with each other, even over the long distance.
Since I started working for SpeakSee I have learnt a great deal about the struggles of those who are Deaf or hard of hearing, particularly in gaining employment and thriving in those careers. I draw a lot of inspiration from the people that I have had contact with during my time with the company and this really motivates me to do what I can to ensure that we produce a product that will help the Deaf and hard of hearing community around the world.”
What has been your favourite moment during your time at SpeakSee?
“There have been so many during my time here that it is difficult to choose one. Meeting my fellow colleagues here at SpeakSee has been important to me, we have a strong bond between us and that is reflected in our drive to get SpeakSee on to the market. I think undoubtedly though my favourite moments come in the situations where we can exhibit SpeakSee to people for the first time. The expressions of people when they see it working is something that can’t really be defined but it always gives me the motivation to ensure that we have a product on the market as soon as possible.”