Perkins, ACB, Benetech, Salesforce and more announce breakout sessions at Sight Tech Global

Perkins, ACB, Benetech, Salesforce and more announce breakout sessions at Sight Tech Global

Sight Tech Global is little greater than two weeks out, and right this moment we printed the detailed agenda for Dec. 2 & 3. The present runs from eight a.m. to noonish Pacific commonplace time. If you haven’t already grabbed a free go to the 100% digital occasion, now’s the time!

Sight Tech Global will current 35 audio system in 15 periods targeted on the chopping fringe of AI-related applied sciences and accessibility, particularly for the blind and visually impaired. A couple of of the remarkably achieved audio system embrace OrCam founder Amnon Shashua, Seeing AI co-founder Saqib Shaikh, human rights lawyer Haben Girma, pc imaginative and prescient researcher Danna Gurari, Amazon L126 researcher Josh Miele and AI professional and investor Kai-Fu Lee.

The agenda additionally contains 10 breakouts that run in parallel to the main-stage periods. These 30-minute segments are produced by companions who’re excited in regards to the sturdy profile of Sight Tech Global’s 1,200+ registered attendees to this point. The checklist of breakouts is under.

As ever, we’re grateful to the superb sponsors of Sight Tech Global, together with Waymo, Salesforce, Mojo Vision, Ford, Vispero, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Comcast, accessiBe, Eyedaptic, APH, HumanWare, Verizon Media, Verizon 5G and TechCrunch. Sponsorships profit the nonprofit Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which has been serving the Silicon Valley space for 75 years.

Sponsorship alternatives are nonetheless obtainable. 

Please take a look at full agenda. Here are the breakout periods to this point!

Perkins Access: Users aren’t an add-on – Building the consumer perspective into the design course of

Comcast and Perkins Access (the digital accessibility consulting division of Perkins School for the Blind) will share insights for creating accessible experiences, with an emphasis on constructing the consumer perspective into the design course of. This ensures that each one groups perceive the precise challenges, and distinctive wants, of blind and visually impaired customers. Panelists embrace the authors of Perkins Access’ Inclusive Design Guide, which will likely be launched at Sight Tech and obtainable for obtain.

  • Gary Aussant, Director of Digital Accessibility, Perkins Access
  • Geoff Freed, Director of Consulting, Perkins Access
  • Jerry Berrier, Director of Education Technology, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Karyn Georgilis, MBA candidate, Harvard Business School
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice president Accessibility and Multicultural, Technology and Product, Comcast
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American Council of the Blind: Get Up & get shifting – A name for leveraging expertise to enhance well being and wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the worldwide challenges that expertise can expertise when pushed to the boundaries. This realty verify has not solely been disproportionately burdensome for people who’re blind and visually impaired, nevertheless it has additionally uncovered the pre-existing limitations which have harmed the bodily, social and psychological well-being inside this group through the years. Join the American Council of the Blind for an empowering panel on how expertise can break down limitations to a full and enriched life, and the way we are able to all rise up and get shifting towards full equality within the well being and wellness area.

  • Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy, American Council of the Blind
  • Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind
  • Brian Charlson, member, American Council of the Blind

Benetech: Using synthetic intelligence to unlock STE(A)M schooling

Artificial intelligence is a time period that has been round for many years and AI functions and strategies are already being utilized in all the things from HR and healthcare to e-commerce. But what’s the way forward for AI in supporting accessibility and inclusive schooling? This session will present a fundamental understanding of varied AI strategies, together with Machine Learning and Computer Vision, and the way Benetech is making use of these strategies to rework advanced books. For accessible codecs, textual content is straightforward however equations, photographs and different non-text content material shouldn’t be simple. Join us to listen to extra about the way forward for Assistive Technology and the way it’s opening new worlds for the blind and visually impaired.

  • Brad Turner, VP and GM, Global Education and Literacy, Benetech
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Salesforce: The new Office of Accessibility – Explained

It’s been a 12 months since Salesforce introduced the launch of their Office of Accessibility, a brand new company crew that companions with inside stakeholders to focus on accessibility wants and develop enchancment plans, construct workforce improvement packages and evangelize Salesforce and their workers, clients and different vital work throughout the business, all underneath one roof. 

In this breakout session, Kristian Burch, Senior Manager of Global Accessibility Compliance, and Richard Boardman, Senior Director of UX Engineering, Accessibility, will talk about what led to this groundbreaking transfer, how the Office interacts with different groups and extra particularly Product Accessibility, what’s labored, and what they might change trying again.

  • Kristian Burch, Senior Manager of Global Accessibility Compliance
  • Richard Boardman, Senior Director of UX Engineering, Accessibility

Fable: The limitations to Utopia – Why suggestions comes first

Quite a lot of conversations as of late are in regards to the newest expertise, and the way it guarantees to resolve all of our issues. But what about folks? Join the CEO and the Community Lead of Fable, Alwar Pillai and Samuel Proulx, as they talk about the right way to acquire genuine suggestions from folks residing with disabilities.

  • Alwar Pillai, CEO, Fable
  • Samuel Proulx, Community lead

Eyedaptic: Simulated pure imaginative and prescient expertise & one consumer’s low-vision journey

Eyedaptic is an AR (augmented actuality) visible support firm, which helps these with retina-related imaginative and prescient loss, comparable to AMD, simulate pure imaginative and prescient. Eyedaptic’s novel software program adapts to the consumer’s imaginative and prescient, in addition to their setting and habits, and optimizes the consumer’s remaining imaginative and prescient. Samuel Newman will talk about his personal low-vision challenges that he has overcome and the low-vision applied sciences he has tried.  

  • Jay Cormier, Founder and CEO, Eyedaptic
  • Samuel Newman, Clinical specialist & Low-vision Technology User
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Vispero: The engineering expertise of including a voice assistant to ZoomText and JAWS

Roxana and Sriram discuss their experiences in including voice assistant to a mainstream Windows display reader and magnifier. They discover the brand new enter mechanic’s advantages and limitations and the guideposts they used to create the preliminary command set. They additionally discuss in regards to the voice assistant’s information and conversational privateness facets and the way Vispero is approaching them.

  • Sriram Ramanathan, Senior Software Engineer, Vispero
  • Roxana Fischer, Software Developer, Vispero

Humanware: Plotting the course – delving into the previous, current and way forward for assistive expertise for the visually impaired group by way of the lens of synthetic intelligence

This session will highlight the trajectory of HumanWare and the way present technological tendencies affect the way forward for product improvement. Join Eric Beauchamp, François Boutrouille and Peter Tucic for a dialogue of how the earlier 32 years of HumanWare’s improvement of blindness and low-vision expertise has developed and can proceed to take action with the appearance of synthetic intelligence and machine studying. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how the problem of offering merchandise that solved singular duties has now shifted to combine the complexities of deep studying expertise to work together with dynamic aims in actual time.

  • Peter Tucic, Brand Ambassador of Blindness Products, HumanWare
  • Eric Beauchamp, Director of Product Management, HumanWare
  • François Boutrouille, Emerging Technologies Leader, HumanWare

Teach Access: Teaching accessibility to tomorrow’s builders

Teach Access, a nationwide coalition of establishments of upper ed, companies (principally tech-centered) and advocates with disabilities, will likely be conducting a roundtable with latest school college students to debate how the instructing of accessible design and improvement on the college degree will help shut the accessibility abilities hole for the rising era of contributors within the new digital economic system.

  • Kate Sonka, Executive Director, Teach Access; Assistant Director of Academic Technology, Michigan State University
  • Larry Goldberg, Co-founder, Teach Access; Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media


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