Past Meetup

Accessibility Hacks: Keeping Tech Inclusive for Everyone

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Benjamin's Desk

1608 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

When you arrive at take the elevator to the 12th Floor.

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Details

This year’s #techInColor is presented in partnership with EvoXLabs who will partner with a local hospital to purchase assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. Money raised from the event will be donated to EvoXLabs, an initiative dedicated to bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities.

We will bring folks together to share strategies and tactics for ensuring tech is kept accessible for people with disabilities.

We will have lightning talks from accessibility experts to address everything from design and development to keeping workplaces inclusive for folks with varying levels of physical ability.

• Jeffrey Becker - Sr. Software Developer at JMT. "Implementing Accessible Web Applications" Experience driven advice on implementing accessible web applications for clients who may not know that they need them.

• Neil McDevitt - Executive Director, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc.
"Opening and Closing Doors - The double-edged sword of technology in the Deaf community" Tech has opened a great many doors for Deaf and hard of hearing people. From the explosion of the internet, the growth of peer-to-peer video conferencing, and the advent of the IoT, there's promise for greater inclusion. But there are pitfalls and challenges ahead. As we're poised for yet another paradigm shift in how we interact with technology, developers and influencers need to ensure accessibility remains a central focus.

• Scott Armstrong - Software Developer at Comcast.
"LipSync: An Affordable DIY Hackable Open Source Assistive Technology Device" Learn about the pitfalls and triumphs when building an ever changing and improving open source project.

• Mikey Ilagan - Comcast a11y QA team, Think Company.
"Practical Web Accessibility Testing" Thinking about accessibility in every step of your process ensures legal compliance but helps create a well-designed, more inclusive product that reaches a broader range of people. Testing your site or application for common accessibility user experience problems helps reduce barriers between you and your intended audience.

In addition to lightning talks, technologists developing accessible tech will highlight and demonstrate their products.

And, as always, we will have plenty of networking, delicious food from The Khyber Pass Pub and Beer from Flying Fish Brewery.

This year we are proud to celebrate the following the following sponsors.

Fiscal Partner

This year, #techInColor has the honor of partnering with Urban Affairs Coalition. This generous nonprofit is supporting us behind the scenes to ensure that funds raised by our event are properly stewarded

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Jacob Cohen, CPA (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-cohen-cpa-32795014/)

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