Don’t Silence Your Anger, Find Your Purpose With It | Thibault Duchemin | TEDxSoMa

What if what makes you angry deep inside, had the power to actually guide you to your life purpose? Examining the unexpected depths of his frustration led Thibault Duchemin, born the only hearing person in his family, to realize that the communication barriers he’d seen growing up could be broken. Weaving empathy and technology, a fascinating quest of a lifetime to help 400 million people with hearing loss win the everyday battle to understand what people say around them.

Thibault Duchemin grew up in Paris, France as the only hearing person in a deaf family. Sign language was his first language, and he experienced from a very early age the multiple challenges that deaf and hard-of-hearing people face in understanding and communicating with the rest of society. Helping his family navigate between the hearing and the deaf worlds led Thibault to found Ava, a mobile-based artificial intelligence that empowers people with hearing disabilities by allowing them converse in real-time with family, friends and coworkers. Thibault holds a double Master of Engineering from UC Berkeley and Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. In 2017, he was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and is member of the Hearing Loss Association of America Board of Trustees.

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