Monday, October 31, 2016

Accessibility Camp Bay Area 2016

Organizer, Jennison Ascuncion from LinkedIn
On October 29th, in the LinkedIn building in San Francisco, about 200 people volunteered their Saturday to collaborate on accessibility at the third annual Accessibility Camp Bay Area. Representatives from LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google, Ebay, Facebook, Etsy, Stanford, SBBart and more were on hand to have open discussions about many facets of accessibility on three different session tracks during the day.

A conference room with a view.
It was my responsibility to hold a session on Inclusive Design. In a beautiful conference room on the 17th floor with two entire walls of glass overlooking the city, about 70 of us had a great discussion about design and other topics that spun off from there. I used various slides from a collection of presentations to start the conversations and interesting discussion ensued.

It was great to see so many people interested in accessibility giving up a large portion of their weekend to collaborate on creating more usable products. When Jennison Asuncion, the founder and organizer, asked the audience at the kickoff how many people had come because their company asked them to nobody raised a hand. Everyone was there by choice. My first reaction was, “how cool!” but the more I think about it, maybe the companies should be sending representatives to these gatherings. Hopefully, that’s the next step.

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