Mobile Monday London

Sep, 2011
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As you may already be aware the Vodafone Foundation has set up the Smart Accessibility Awards which Mobile Monday London is actively supporting.

These awards are to celebrate apps that help people in four key areas: Social participation, independent living, mobility and well-being. They are free to enter and there is a prize fund of ?200,000. The awards are now open for entries until 15 October 2011 so you have a month to go.

As part of this initiative, we've teamed up with the ICT KTN and Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards to bring you a half-day workshop looking specifically at this area.

The goal of the workshops is to inspire and enable app developers and entrepreneurs to create useful tools for people who have visual, aural, cognitive or other impairments by helping you understand and empathize what life is like for people in this situation. This empathy and understanding is created by bringing together app developers, entrepreneurs and accessibility advocates and people with impairments to exchange information, and allowing developers to experience simulations of being impaired.

App developers who have had the opportunity to experience as directly as possible, first or second-hand, what it means to live with specific impairments, and have been put in touch with the larger community around accessibility, create more effective apps to better the quality of life for everyone. The result not only helps people with major disabilities, but also people with minor or temporary impairments, for example due to ageing or illness.

The format of the workshops will be discussion based and there should be technical people on hand to answer specific questions related to Android, but there will be different speakers and contributors to reflect the local scene. Plenty of time will be allowed for discussion and networking and refreshments will be provided.

 

Speakers include:

Mauricio Reyes who will be telling us of his own experience of technology - both the frustrations and the usefulness - whilst suffering a temporary but serious impairment.

Antony Ribot will be sharing the Threedom Phone story - the insight and research that went into the concept and how that informed their design.

Aneesh Varma from FabriQate will share some insights around mobile UI and design.

Gavin Evans and Cam Nicholl will be joining us from the Digital Accessibility Centre to talk about making web and mobile services accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.

Professor Jonathan Hassell, renowned accessibility expert and founder of http://www.hassellinclusion.com will also be joining us.

Doors will open at 3pm for a 3.30pm start. We'll aim to have all the presentations done by 6.30pm and then there'll be drinks and networking afterwards for about an hour or so.

The sessions will be informal in nature and there is room for about 50 people only.

We are being hosted by The IET at 1 Savoy Place, London. Nearest tubes are Embankment or Temple and you'll find us in the Siemens Room.

You'll find us on lanyrd too http://lanyrd.com/2011/mobile-monday-london-accessibility-workshop/

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