Virtual Photo Walks is an NPO in Japan operating internationally it uses smart phones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness or disability to travel the world in real time. Thanks to our technology partners and a group of dedicated virtual volunteer guides from all over the world, we're able to make the world bigger and brighter for our community of people with disabilities. Our hope is through our efforts, we can make a difference in people's lives.
Zoomtopia 2019 Innovation Award Winner: Virtual Photo Walks Bring the World to the Sick, Disabled
Virtual Photo Walks was chosen as one of three winners of the 2019 Zoomtopia Innovation Award, which recognizes Zoom customers that embody innovation, inspiration, and creativity in using Zoom solutions.
Getting outside to experience the natural world has always been a way for people to soothe their souls, a way for them to forget about the troubles of life and get lost in the beauty of nature. But for many, the beauty and peace of nature are often out of reach due to illness or disability, preventing them from experiencing the incredible sights our planet has to offer.
"Using Virtual volunteer guides, equipped with a smart phone, the disabled can participate in an immersive, real-time, experience of places they will likely never see first-hand." an African safari, a war veterans’ reunion, a hike in the forest. Participants are connected via the internet in real-time via video and voice, they can interact each other and their virtual photography guide in a private video conference. It is secure and moderated. – an extraordinarily interactive moving experience. Via text and voice connections, participants can make special requests of their videography guide.
The Virtual Photo Walks vision is still strongly represented by the movie Google made about VPW. It has had over 900,000 views. Video by Google https://youtu.be/ y1Uv7as5ZmI