As you may already be aware the Vodafone Foundation have set up the Smart Accessibility Awards:
These awards are to celebrate apps that help people in four key areas: Social participation, independent living, mobility and well-being. They are free to enter and there is a prize fund of €200,000. The awards are now open for entries until 15 October 2011.
As part of this initiative, alongside our friends at Mobile Monday London, we've teamed up with the ICT KTN and Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards to bring you a half-day workshop looking specifically at this area.
The goal of the workshops is to inspire and enable app developers and entrepreneurs to create useful tools for people who have visual, aural, cognitive or other impairments by helping you understand and empathize what life is like for people in this situation. This empathy and understanding is created by bringing together app developers, entrepreneurs and accessibility advocates and people with impairments to exchange information, and allowing developers to experience simulations of being impaired.
App developers who have had the opportunity to experience as directly as possible, first or second-hand, what it means to live with specific impairments, and have been put in touch with the larger community around accessibility, create more effective apps to better the quality of life for everyone. The result not only helps people with major disabilities, but also people with minor or temporary impairments, for example due to ageing or illness.
The format of the workshops will be discussion based and there will be technical people on hand to answer specific questions related to Android, but there will be different speakers and contributors to reflect the local scene. Plenty of time will be allowed for discussion and networking and refreshments will be provided. For more detail please see our google group:
We will be announcing our speakers over the next few days. Jonathan Anderson from Vodafone will be joining the session. Doors will open at 3pm for a 3.30pm start and we'll be finishing around 8pm. The venue is Inspace on the corner of Crichton Street and Potterrow.
This workshop is kindly hosted by Informatics Ventures and Inspace, and is in association with Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, ICTKTN and Interactive Scotland.
PS. As is normal the attendee list will be shared with the supporting organisations:
- Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards. These are a new global awards to celebrate apps that help people in four key areas: Social participation, independent living, mobility and well-being. They are free to enter and there is a prize fund of €200,000. The awards are now open for entries until 15 October 2011.
- ICT KTN: http://www.ictktn.org.uk. The ICT Knowledge Transfer Network has been established by an industry-led group of leading players, with funding from the Technology Strategy Board. We seek to bring competitive advantage to the UK by promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing between the users and providers of Information and Communications Technologies, and helping to drive innovation in the sector. It's free to join our network.
- Interactive Scotland: http://www.interactivescotland.com. Interactive Scotland provides expert help and support for SME’s across the digital media sector in Scotland. Interactive Scotland has been developed by Scottish Enterprise to drive growth in this important sector and support ‘Digital Inspiration’ - the strategy for Scotland’s digital media industry. The service is delivered for Scottish Enterprise by Innovation Centres Scotland and NewMedia Partners.
- Informatics Ventures: http://www.informatics-ventures.com. Informatics Ventures was established to nurture Scottish entrepreneurial talent and fuel innovation in the high tech sector. Our mission is to inspire and develop globally ambitious software start-ups across Scotland. Informatics Ventures connects high tech entrepreneurs and investors with the next generation of innovators, bringing together the people in business, academia and Government who are passionate about creating software and web companies. Our networking and showcase events are the perfect way to build links and share ideas between the people who are passionate about creating software and web companies.
- Inspace: http://www.inspace.ed.ac.uk. The University of Edinburgh's Inspace is a laboratory that explores the cultural significance of informatics and new media practice. Inspace is home to a joint research partnership between the School of Informatics and New Media Scotland.
When & Where
Mobile Monday Edinburgh
An irregular and informal get together for folks interested in mobile related things in and around Edinburgh and central Scotland.