***Please note we will get things started at 7:00PM to account for travel for those coming from San Francisco or other points north and east. See the end of the announcement for transit info.
***Google has graciously offered to provide us with some food and light refreshments for our meet up. A big thank you to Google for providing the venue and the food and drink.
Charles LaPierre - Technical Lead, DIAGRAM + Born Accessible
Deep Datta - Community Manager, Head of Technical Communities
Deanna McCusker – Head of User Experience
Join us at Google in Mountain View for our last Meetup of 2016. Our presenters come from Benetech in Palo Alto. Here's what they plan to present on, in their own words.
"Our accessibility talk will highlight Benetech's many program areas and then dive deeper into the work we're doing to make digital content more accessible through our Global Literacy initiatives:
Bookshare - the world’s largest library of accessible ebooks for people with blindness, low-vision, dyslexia, and motor impairment. The reading tools that work with this library employ multiple modalities for reading such as: text-to-speech, word-level highlighting, special fonts and customized print. Learn what Benetech is doing to grow this library (including international expansion thanks to a Google.org Impact Challenge grant) and move to the next level of print accessibility.
Born Accessible is our initiative enabling the publishing industry to make content accessible from moment it’s released. To do that, we’re increasing accessibility with standards and best practices within the W3C and IDPF. We are also conducting a pilot program with publishers and conversion venders to evaluate how accessible their EPUB files are. Learn how this work will shape a new EPUB conformance and certification program currently in development.
The DIAGRAM Center is our Global Literacy RD Center, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, focused on multi-modal technology for accessible educational materials. Learn about some of the projects that DIAGRAM is engaging the broader accessibility community on, including:
• Accessible widgets for the Web, EPUB and education
• Machine learning for image description and accessible book assessment (also thanks to Google.org)
• Code sprints and co-development opportunities
And for those who get inspired to roll up their sleeves, we'll talk about Benetech’s Code Alliance initiative where we ignite cross–sector collaboration with the nonprofit, corporate, technology, and stakeholder communities, and connect open source developers to social impact opportunities. Help us make an impact using software and get involved!"
We will follow the usual agenda:
6:30 - 7:00 Mix and Mingle
7:00 - 7:15 Welcome, Housekeeping, Jobs and Other Announcements
7:15 - 8:15/30 Benetech Presentation
Based on the Caltrain schedule the two trains that come from SF to Mountain View leave SF at 5:20 (arrive at 6:14) and 5:28 (arrive at 6:38). There's a third train that leaves SF at 5:55 (arriving at 6:52). Once you arrive in Mountain View, you will have to take a taxi or rideshare to Google.
For the return to SF, the train leaves at 8:51 from Mountain View.