Through innovation and technology, meet the demand of AI industry development while improve disability employment.

Due to rapid expansion in AI industry, massive and high-quality annotation data are demanded. For corporates to process annotation by their internal AI engineers or IT team would generate high opportunity and management costs. This has become a serious issue for countries (such as Japan) with high labor costs.

Until recently, the disability population in Asia has reached over 65 billion, which accounts for two-third of the entire disability population in the world. In Taiwan, the disability employment rate is less than 20%, the average period of unemployment is seven years, and more than 0.14 million people with disabilities have to work from home.

We came to discover 2 market demands: one for AI data processing; the other for disability employment.

Unlike other nonprofit organizations, FLOW, premised on profit making, has transformed people with disabilities to becoming key components in AI ecosystem through innovative business models and career trainings. This helps to meet the demand for high quality AI data, reduce engineers’ opportunity costs, and create new careers for people with disabilities in Asia.

What obstacles has FLOW overcome for the disability employment?

Different from traditional employment market, FLOW has ventured into digital industries and generated new employment opportunities in AI data annotation with the intention to reduce job replacements among people with disabilities. The new employment opportunities that allow for work-from-home would help people with disabilities to become independent and self-reliant.

Barriers to go out
For those who are confined in their house due to severe disability to enter employment market.
Cross region employment
Cross region employment
Working remotely from home helps to avoid the inconveniences caused by cross-region employments, commutes, and physical restrictions.
Environmental barriers
Environmental barriers
No longer need to worry about discriminatory treatments from colleagues or endure disabled-unfriendly working environments and facilities.
Flexible working hour
Flexible working hour
Flexible work schedule provides employees with disabilities the autonomy to choose project and devise their own project agenda, which also allows them to see doctors when needed.

What core attributes are required for the annotators with disabilities?

A professional annotator is someone that has positive working attitudes, who is quick in grasping project principles in addition to his or her ability in executing accurate data annotation.

Through multiple stages of recruitment designed by social workers and the team with psychology backgrounds, potentials annotators are selected after completion of on-line application, on-line orientation, and one-on-one video interview.

Before taking on a project, the annotators are required to complete career trainings and pass assessment to ensure that they are capable of producing high quality annotation data and contributing to digital economy.

Build a new industrial ecosystem, and generate social impact

Based in Taiwan, FLOW provides AI services to customers across Asia. We are determined to exert social impact by replicating existing business models in parts of Asia. Our goal is to provide high quality products and services while promoting disability employment for digital industry in Asia.

Through innovative commercial mindset and empathy, we fulfill our mission and prospect of “make money” and “make meaning.”

AI industry: the professional AI team, which consists of members with business, management, data science, engineering and quality control backgrounds, has continued to optimize both business model and annotation platforms while providing AI data annotation and consultation services to assist corporates in AI application.

Disability employment: A team of social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists will provide trainings, platforms, and assistive tools to help people with disabilities in becoming annotators. Meanwhile, social groups for employees with disabilities will be established to encourage dialogues and promote communication.

To expand customer bases in Asia, produce high quality products with competitive advantages, and create stable and lasting commercial benefits.

After multiple-stage recruitment process and one-on-one interview to better understand applicant’s ability and working ambition, annotators will be selected. They will then be subject to a series of career trainings to ensure that they are competitive and have the ability to provide high-quality annotation data.