Prof. Dr. Chong-Wey Lin has been serving in the department of communication and technology at National Chiao Tung University Taiwan since 2005. With multiple academic backgrounds in both social and information science, he led a series of national science projects and devoted himself to developing social participatory mechanism and creative operation models for smart living industries and social enterprises.
He is the founder of the OurCityLove Social Enterprise Taiwan ( http://www.OurCityLove.org ) . Under his curation, the OurCityLove SE developed various smartphone Friendly APPs and cloud service system for a city’s accessible information. The general public can download the apps and search for Friendly services close to them. Women with baby strollers, old people with canes, persons with disabilities and their friends and families can all use the APPs. Dining, Going out and Breastfeeding for people in inconvenient situations is now easy and stress-free.
Prof. Dr. Lin is also the president of the Association of Smart-Living Technology and Service Design Taiwan（ASTS）. In this organization, they recruited and trained people with various physical disabilities, such as spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, and those with visual or hearing problems, to work as accessible information investigators and accessibility consultants. They encouraged and inspired them with new experiences in life and in career. Through their services, “those who need help” dramatically became “those who can help” for the obvious fact that no one knows the needs of the “senior citizens with disabilities” better than they do.
Through Prof. Dr. Lin’s leadership, OurCityLove Social Enterprise has created 128 disability jobs, launched Friendly APPs in Taipei and 5 Taiwanese cities, and licensed the technology to Hong Kong. Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Tokyo. The enterprise is invested by Taiwan’s National Development Fund for they endow the smartphone technology new possibilities of initiating positive citizenship and of the pursuit of happiness in the rapidly aging society.
The OurCityLove SE is currently extending its cloud platform to include more Friendly services, such as friendly banks, resorts, hotels and other public facilities. In his speech, Prof. Dr. Lin is going to share their developing experience and try to extend our services to more Asian and European cities, sooner rather than later.