Designing for Accessibility: Thinking outside the box - John Alexander

KC .NET User Group
KC .NET User Group
Public group


5700 Broadmoor Street · Mission, KS

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9th floor, through the glass doors

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Designing for Accessibility: Thinking outside the box

Accessibility. Why should I care? This entertaining and highly interactive session aims to spark your thinking about the transformative power of technology, and encourage designers engineers and developers to build the next wave of inclusive technology. You’ll explore some interesting examples using AI for Accessibility, such as real-time speech-to-text transcription, visual recognition services and predictive text functionality. You’ll also see the Xbox Adaptive Controller, along with some assistive devices demonstrated on an Xbox. Finally, you’ll get some great tips and practical advice on how to incorporate Inclusive Design in your own applications.

Speaker: John Alexander (

John Alexander co-founded the largest technical blogging community in the world, Geekswithblogs.Net before selling it several years ago and built music chart applications for Billboard Magazine used by "American Top 40". He's sat in Kirk's Chair on the bridge, has recorded cartoon pilots as part of a voice ensemble cast, is the co-creator of the "Geek" t-shirt (found at most Microsoft conferences), and was Facebook friends with Patrick Swayze.

John is a developer advocate with a passion for designing and building accessible experiences using machine learning coupled with voice, touch, and virtual/mixed reality. His secret identity is a mild-mannered Senior Content Developer on the Microsoft APEX team ( focused on ML.NET, .NET Core, and Docker. John is a former Microsoft Regional Director and MVP and is a client-centric, UX-focused software architecture and development thought leader, consultant, trainer, published author and speaker.

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Sponsor: Centriq Training (
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5:45 Doors Open/Food & Drinks
6:00 Announcements & sponsor highlight
6:10 Building the KCDNUG System
6:30 Keynote
7:45 prizes & wrap up
8:00 Happy Hour