Komodo OpenLab enhances the accessibility of mainstream technologies by leveraging the wisdom of users and their communities through the use of open-source technologies and open standards. Komodo’s first product, Tecla, is a set of open software and hardware tools that facilitate access to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for those who are unable to manipulate them due to disease or disability. Tecla users can control their devices by using highly customized interfaces which they are already familiar with, such as their wheelchair driving controls or adapted switches. Unlike other assistive products and services, Tecla enables access to off-the-shelf products, including iPhone, iPad and Android devices, promoting more sustainable development of inclusive, rather than segregated products and services for the population that carries mobility impairments.
Mauricio Meza, Co-Founder, Business Development
After 8 years as a consultant recommending and supporting assistive technologies for people with disabilities, Mauricio co-founded Komodo with Jorge Silva in 2010. Mauricio handles business, planning and marketing for the company.
Jorge Silva, Co-Founder, Technical Lead
Jorge is responsible for the definition and direction of Komodo OpenLab’s technological strategies. He manages the research & development activities resulting in the enhancement and engineering of current and upcoming products and technologies. Jorge has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and has worked as a Mobile Accessibility Researcher at the University of Toronto and OCAD University.