Changemakers: Unlocking technology for people with motor neurone disease.

Enabling MND patients to communicate with family again is priceless. And free…

It took a neck brace, internet strangers and being bored at work, but Julius Sweetland changed thousands of lives. The 35-year-old’s software OptiKey lets people with motor neurone disease use computers and have conversations using only their eyes. It’s free, forever.

After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2005 with a degree in computer science, Sweetland forged a career in software development mostly in finance, with names like Goldman Sachs and CME Group. It is not, the Londoner admits, the most feelgood of industries, and he always wanted to write some code that would make a difference.

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