We're delighted once again to be helping out with spreading the word and holding supporting events for Vodafone Smart Accessibility 2012. In short, there is a prize pool of EUR 200,000 across the four categories of Social Participation, Independent Living, Mobility and Wellbeing. These are prizes that are truly worth winning!
Entry is now open. The deadline is 15th October, full details: http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2012/home/
In support of this initiative we're running four workshops for people to gain a more in-depth appreciation of these issues in partnership with other Mobile Monday Chapters in Europe throughout July and August 2012.
2.30 - 3.00: Doors open
3.00 - 3.05: Introduction by Jo Rabin, Director, Mobile Monday London
3.05 - 3.15: Introduction to Smart Accessibility Awards 2012 by Jon Azpiroz, Vodafone Foundation Spain
3.15 - 4.00: User perspective and personal experience
This session gives you the opportunity to fully understand the challenges faced by users with disability needs preferences and the main barriers. The session will be run as a panel with 3-4 users who will share their personal experiences with mobile technology. Paul Carter (Co-Director, markthreemedia), Samantha Fletcher (Trustee of the Dyslexia Association of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham), Alison Smith (Director/Founder of Pesky People) and Samantha Chrisnall (an avid web and mobile app user with a visual impairment).
4.00 - 4.45: Technical session with demonstration of tools and applications
See real life examples of mobile solutions that improve the accessibility of mobile devices. Assistive technologies such as screen readers or alternate text entry systems, accessible applications that have been developed with the design for all paradigm or mobile simulators will be presented. This will be an interactive session that will allow you to test these applications with several mobile devices and see how these technologies improve the quality of life with users with disabilities.
4.45 - 5.30: Simulation of disabilities and videos of user testing
Feel what it's like to experience a disability through a simulation / video of user testing. Also get a chance to discuss how daily life with an impairment changes your design and testing practices.
5.30 - 6.00: Refreshments, networking and Q & A
As usual attendance is free, but registration is required and registration is now open.
UCL Anatomy Building, Room B15, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Please note it's NOT our usual Centre Point location
Mobilising the community, mobilising social change: At the heart of our foundation is the belief that our mobile communications technologies can address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and our responsibility is to utilise our innovative mobile technology in mobilising social change and improving people’s lives.
To achieve this objective the Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of Vodafone's global and local social investment programmes.
Globally, our Foundation makes social investments by funding projects which support disaster relief and preparedness including our Red Alert Programme, through projects which use mobile technology for the benefit of all, and via our unique World of Difference programme.
In countries in which Vodafone operates, our social investment is delivered by a unique footprint of 26 Vodafone Foundations and social investment programmes. These programmes are directed and chosen by the Foundation Trustees and receive funding from the Vodafone Foundation in the UK as well as their local Vodafone company.
We're grateful to UCL Advances for hosting this event.
The centre for entrepreneurship at UCL, UCL Advances, offers training, networking and business support for staff, students and external entrepreneurs to encourage and enable new enterprises to get going. Unique in the UK Higher Education sector, its primary role is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship on campus and engagement with entrepreneurs and small businesses beyond UCL's boundaries, and currently delivers over 30 activity programmes.
Our event partners for this event are ICT KTN.
Funded through the Technology Strategy Board, the ICT KTN seeks to bring a competitive advantage to the UK by facilitating the development and take up of information and communications technologies and their adoption as key enablers in other industries.