After a thirty-year career as an architect, software developer, and entrepreneur, Darwin now uses his expertise to change how people with blindness or low vision get information about the world around them.
Darwin Belt is the co-founder and manager of WayAround, the smart app that provides on-demand details about everyday things for people with blindness or vision loss. Darwin created WayAround after retiring from a thirty-year career as an architect and software developer. Working with top national homebuilders, Darwin built an award-winning company that specialized in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, which creates interactive representations of every aspect of a building. In 2007, that company was purchased by a Fortune 175 company, ITW. Through WayAround, Darwin now uses his expertise to change how people with blindness or low vision get information about objects in the world around them.
A passionate devotee of innovation, Darwin has pursued leading medical advancements to correct a number of his own vision-related and other complications of Type 1 diabetes. Darwin first lost his vision at age thirty, and successfully underwent a vitrectomy to restore his sight. Since then, he has been diagnosed with wet macular degeneration, significant peripheral vision loss, and nyctalopia (night blindness). He was the recipient of a kidney transplant from his brother, Craig, in the mid-1980s, and in 2007, he received a pancreas transplant, curing his diabetes of forty years.
Using his personal experiences in business and with his family, Darwin gives back to his community through financial contributions and volunteerism. He is actively involved in his local church and works with Family Grace Group and Good Mood Foundation, non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting people and families with mental health and mood challenges. Darwin and his wife, Kathy, live in Plano, Texas and enjoy spending time with their four children and three grandchildren.