Startup Showcase: SpeechCode – Providing Accessible Audio Information to Everyone

In today’s fast-paced world, access to information has become crucial, be it for work or leisure. However, not all individuals can access written information due to disabilities such as blindness, visual impairments, or limited literacy. To bridge this gap, SpeechCode, a startup based in Vienna, Austria, has developed printable 2D datamatrix codes that contain up to 40 minutes of spoken words, accessible offline and free of charge. In this startup showcase, we will delve deeper into SpeechCode’s innovative technology and how it is revolutionizing the way we consume information.

Revolutionizing Accessibility

SpeechCode was founded with a mission to provide an accessible and eco-friendly solution to present information in an audible format. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, all individuals should have access to information on all products, services, and facilities. Unfortunately, only 4% of information currently complies with these regulations. SpeechCode aims to solve this problem by adding an audio format to any written information, accessible offline, and free of charge.

The Technology Behind SpeechCode

SpeechCode is a coloured datamatrix code that contains all the information in the code itself, enabling users to scan it using a free app for Android and iOS. The code is easily printable, making it an ideal solution for any business that needs to present information in a more accessible way. The app allows users to adjust the rate of speech, font size, contrast, and language to suit their needs. SpeechCode’s text-to-speech technology supports over 40 languages, making it a globally scalable solution.

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Applications of SpeechCode

SpeechCode has a wide range of applications, from providing package leaflets and product information to citizen and patient information, instructions and safety information, signage in buildings and on streets, public transportation, tourist points of interest, websites, documents, and collateral materials. SpeechCode is an ideal solution for the tourism industry, as it allows international users to access information easily, regardless of language barriers or connectivity.

Impact and Unique Selling Points

SpeechCode’s innovative technology has a wide-ranging impact on society, enabling people with disabilities, limited literacy, and language deficits to access information easily. SpeechCode’s solution supports several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

The unique selling points of SpeechCode include its offline capabilities, the availability of over 40 languages, its small size, and its cost-effectiveness. SpeechCode requires 40 times less space than script, making it an eco-friendly solution. SpeechCode also provides access to information through its patented ScanGuidance, making it accessible to everyone with a smartphone. Additionally, SpeechCode has waived its license fees for NGOs, associations of people with disabilities, or individuals, enabling them to produce and distribute Speech Codes at no cost.


SpeechCode has made a significant contribution to making information accessible to everyone. The innovative technology provides an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution to presenting information in an audible format. SpeechCode’s solution has applications in several industries, enabling businesses to comply with accessibility regulations and provide information to individuals with disabilities or limited literacy. SpeechCode’s goal is to enable people to access information without barriers and improve their quality of life.

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