OZeWAI Conference 2017

Speakers

Learn a little bit about some of the experts presenting sessions this year.

Keynotes

Madeleine Rothberg

Madeleine works to ensure that technology is accessible to all users, including people with disabilities. She focuses on providing access to multimedia and information technology both through directly accessible solutions such as captions, talking software, and audio description, and through improvements to infrastructure such as interoperability standards. Madeleine co-chairs the IMS Global Accessibility Working Group and contributes to the accessibility metadata effort for Schema.org. She is active in the EPUB Accessibility Working Group, is a partner in Benetech’s Diagram Center, and leads the accessibility team for WGBH’s NASA Digital Learning partnership, Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms. Follow on Twitter: @wgbh.

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Marcos Cáceres

Marcos is a Staff Engineer at Mozilla who has spent over a decade working on web standards at the W3C. During that time, Marcos has chaired various working groups and was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group. Marcos is currently focused on enabling new ways to pay for things on the Web, which comes with an interesting set of accessibility challenges. As an ex-academic with a background in interaction design, Marcos is passionate about teaching people about new and emerging Web technologies and the possibilities these new tools enable for us all. Follow on Twitter: @marcosc.

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Nas Campanella

Nas Campanella is a journalist and newsreader with the ABC and triple J. Nas lost her sight when she was six months old. She also has a sensitivity condition which means she can’t read Braille. Nas has completed a Communications degree at the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in journalism. She started with the ABC as a cadet in 2011, reporting on sport, crime and courts. Nas spent a year working as a regional reporter in the ABC’s Bega office on the New South Wales far south coast covering topics such as fishing, forestry and farming. In 2013 she returned to Sydney for a news reading position at triple J. Nas is the first blind newsreader in the world to read and operate the studio for herself live to air. Nas travels the world to speak at events, helping to inspire and motivate students, teachers, parents and industry on issues ranging from inclusive education, adaptive technology and supporting women to climb the corporate ladder. She also works as a mentor to people with disabilities and mental illness. Her strong interest in travel has seen her publish articles with Lonely Planet and the Sydney Morning Herald. She’s also given advice on accessible travel to members of the tourism industry. In 2016 Nas was part of a Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange in Fiji where she worked in a media communications and advocacy role with the Spinal Injury Association in Suva. During the month-long exchange, Nas devised a social media strategy for the organisation, assisted in the design and launch of a disability awareness training program for the United Nations and ran workshops in public speaking, press release writing and interview skills.

Speakers

Amanda Mace

Amanda is currently working at Web Key IT as Project Manager and Senior Website Analyst. Her work includes website and document auditing, document remediation and project management. Since joining the Web Key IT team she has undertaken a wide variety of courses, all with a focus on website and document accessibility. Amanda was a presenter at the 2016 OZeWAI conference and the Perth Accessibility Camp earlier this year, as well as conducting various other presentations. She is passionate about ensuring digital products are inclusive and is a known fan for the correct usage of WAI-ARIA. Amanda is also a member of two W3C working groups, the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Education and Outreach Working Group. Follow on Twitter @webkey_it.

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Andrew Arch

Andrew Arch works as a digital accessibility consultant with Intopia. From 2015 to mid-2017 he worked in the Digital Transformation Agency on the Digital Service Standard and supporting guidance with a particular interest in ensuring the widest range of users are assisted to interact digitally. From 2011 to 2014 he was part of the team in the Dept of Finance responsible for the supporting the implementation of the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy for the Australian government to adopt WCAG 2.0. Andrew has a long history with web accessibility, including working with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative in Europe and with Vision Australia. He has been a member of the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative’s Education and Outreach Working Group since 2001 to promote awareness, understanding, and implementation of web accessibility.. Follow on Twitter: @amja

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Andrew Downie

Andrew Downie is TAFE NSW’s Adaptive Technologies Officer. He is a psychologist with a post-graduate diploma in education. He appreciates the benefits that both mainstream and specialised technology offer. He is not, however, a fan of gadgets for their own sake - equipment should be useful rather than gimmicky. An issue that Andrew is passionate about is the potential benefit to people who have disabilities by the effective use of technology.

Andrew Normand

Andrew is the Web Accessibility Lead at the University of Melbourne. Over the past 7 years he has employed 30 students with hearing, vision, mobility and cognitive impairments, to conduct user experience testing. Together they identify barriers to access, prepare guides for academics and provide training to University staff. A former lawyer and software developer, Andrew loves finding practical ways of making web services available to everyone. Follow on Twitter @Andrew_Normand

David Masters

David has worked in the technology industry for close to two decades. He has been a Ministerial policy adviser, a consultant, a journalist and a public servant in previous incarnations. In his current role he is increasingly passionate about the ability for technology to empower people with a disability. Follow on Twitter @mastersofdavid and @MSFTenable.

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Gerry Neustatl

With 15 years’ experience in digital strategy, communications and accessibility across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, Gerry is a passionate vocal disruptor of conventional product design at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Projects he’s recently caused trouble for include ABC and ABC Listen mobile app relaunches, and the triple j, Hottest 100, 7.30 Report and Australian Story websites. Currently he’s wreaking havoc for dedicated ABC News editors, teams committed to children’s media and the Heywire Storytelling competition for young regional Australians. He has two cats. Follow on Twitter: @a11yoz.

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Grant Beevers

Grant is senior manager of Blackboard’s Solution Engineering team in APAC, based in Brisbane Australia, but travelling throughout ANZ, Asia and China. He has over 20 years experience as an e-learning professional throughout Australia, Singapore and the United States, and has held technical and management roles with companies such as TAFE Queensland, SkillSoft, AIM (TheCyberInstitute), Saba, Endeavour College, and the Study Group, before joining Blackboard in 2014. His specialties are in the design, implementation and project management of small to large scale learning management systems (LMS), particularly Moodle-based, e-learning content and virtual classroom solutions. Grant has a real passion for integrating effective learning technologies into the classroom and workspace, especially in the design and implementation of synchronous delivery systems and facilitation. Follow on Twitter: @BlackboardAPAC

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Harjit Kaur

Harjit has recently finished her Masters of Computer Science at Edith Cowan University and is working as a Website Analyst for Web Key IT. Her work includes website auditing to ensure that websites are accessible for people with disabilities. She is passionate about working to ensure that digital information is accessible to everyone regardless their disability. Harjit really enjoys website auditing and finding accessibility issues to share with website owners and developers to enable them to improve their digital services. Making digital information accessible to everyone should be the work of all humanity, as it’s everyone’s right to access information regardless of their disability. Prior to starting work with Web Key IT, Harjit worked as an IT Helpdesk Assistant for one and half years as a volunteer and participated in WWW2017 as a volunteer. Harjit loves to meet new people and learn different things from them. She joined the Australian Computer Society Young IT WA committee a few months ago and is an associate member of Australian Computer Society. Follow on Twitter: @harjitkaur0831

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Julie Phillips

Julie has been working in the disability sector for over 20 years. As a Community Worker for the Victorian Deaf Society, Julie began advocating for members of the Deaf Community and supporting their right to equal access to education in 2000. Since that time she has become well known for her advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities in their quest to gain an education through the invocation of their rights as set out in the Disability Discrimination Act. Julie is the Manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service, a Board Member of Disability Advocacy Victoria, and an independent Disability Advocate. She is a member of various disability working groups and boards, and was awarded an Excellence in Advocacy Award at the National Disability Awards in 2015. In terms of her advocacy role, this is almost exclusively focused on access to education due to high demand from parents in a number of Australian states.

Leona Zumbo

Leona’s expertise has been drawn upon by Australian Government, Microsoft, Adobe and W3C. Her passion for inclusive design led her to pioneer Vision Australia’s highly successful computer-based “Creating Accessible Documents” and “Designing for Inclusion” workshops. This aptitude has seen her involved in scores of usability and accessibility studies across a wide range of digital products and environments. She has an excellent understanding of WCAG 2.0, PDF/UA and end-user requirements, and is highly proficient in a range of assistive technologies. Follow on Twitter: @visionaustralia

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Lily Ainsworth

I am a curious, overenthusiastic anthropologist who has landed in the world of UX. My past experiences include ethnographic research on plant medicine in the Amazon jungle, teaching anthropology at Macquarie University, and having way too much fun choreographing music videos. I am currently working at the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on the Digital Identity project, where I have had the absolute pleasure of keeping the diversity of human experiences at the forefront of my team’s mind. I have learnt about the agile and iterative way of doing research, design, and product development, and am excited by the opportunities I can see for anthropology and UX to inform each other. Follow on Twitter: @LilyAinsworth

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Matthew Putland

Matthew has established a passion for providing accessible solutions to websites and applications to ensure that everyone can benefit from an inclusive experience. With a background in IT and experience in working with people with disabilities, Matthew works to ensure that technology can enable access for everyone. He’s been working full-time in the accessibility industry for over 2 years, and has provided accessibility consulting for Federal, State and local governments, Universities, Banks and many other organizations large and small. He specialises in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0/2.1 and has become proficient in website/app audits, remediating issues, and educating project managers, content authors, designers and developers about accessibility. Senior Analyst, Digital Accessibility at Media Access Australia trading as the Centre for Inclusive Design. Follow on Twitter: @Mattcessability

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Meera Pankhania

Having spent most of my career as a user experience practitioner in the UK and now in Australia, I have recently taken a daunting leap from service design and user research to leading a product team. As a product manager on an agile program of work at the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), I’ve been able to draw on my past experiences to prioritise product improvements by keeping user emotion in mind. The exciting challenge has been juggling user needs with the needs of policy, business, and technology (no pressure)! I am also doing my best to not be biased towards the researchers and designers in the team. Follow on Twitter: @meera404

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Muhammad Saleem

Muhammad has been working as a freelancer for 8 years. his specialty is managing, developing and auditing websites. With Master degree in computer science by research, major in Web accessibility for e-Government websites in the Gulf region. He has volunteered with the Kuwait Blind Society and Abeer2 mentally disabled center. my passion is to educate developers and designers in the middle east to implement accessibility features on their websites.

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Nathan Kinch

Nathan is a founding partner of >X. After his sporting career was ended by injury, Nathan caught the problem-solving bug – badly. He’s since designed trust-based value propositions, digital products, and differentiated business models for leading global brands. He’s also the author of Designing for Trust: The Data Transparency Playbook. You can watch his InVision Design Talk on the new rules of designing with data to learn more about his work. Follow on Twitter: @GreaterThanXD

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Remya Ramesh

As a one-time engineer, it’s no surprise that Remya’s interest in technology straddles user experience design and product development. Featured as one of GovInsider’s “Women in GovTech” in 2016, Remya heads up the Experience Design team at Seamless. She’s an outspoken advocate for inclusive design and is passionate about creating products and experiences customers love. Remya is an active member of the tech community and co-runs the Girl Geek Dinners and LadiesThatUX groups in Melbourne. Follow on Twitter @rem_ram.

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Richard Ings

Richard Ings is the Managing Director of ReadSpeaker Asia Pacific. ReadSpeaker is a provider of text to speech technologies which are widely used across the government, not for profit, education, publishing, telephony, and transportation segments to turn digital text into natural sounding audio. ReadSpeaker created its technology for accessibility purposes. With the explosion in growth in mobile devices, ReadSpeaker has seen its text to speech technology increasingly applied in everyday applications to give all users the convenience of audio as an alternative file format. Richard launched ReadSpeaker’s Asia Pacific HQ in Canberra in 2011. Follow on Twitter: @readspeaker

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Ronny Andrade

Ronny is on the first year of his PhD in the Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI at The University of Melbourne. His research focuses on understanding the current state of accessibility for people with visual impairment in videogames, and proposing novel interaction techniques to improve their experience. Ronny’s interest for working with people with visual impairment originated after working in Ecuador, his home country, for several years as a volunteer in a social responsibility project where he would teach people with low or no vision how to use screen reading software together with office productivity software. Ronny hopes the findings of his PhD have a broad impact on the design of current technologies, making them more inclusive.

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Russ Weakley

Russ Weakley has worked in the design field for over 20 years. Russ is a User Experience professional, User-focused Web Designer, Front-end Developer and trainer. Follow on Twitter: @russmaxdesign

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Sam Bordiss

Sam is an award-winning front-end web developer/accessibility consultant at Adelphi Digital in Canberra. Having worked in the IT industry for over 15 years, his career has spanned many facets, including software development, graphic and web design, front and back-end web development, branding, UX consulting, and running a web design business. He has worked for many large government departments, and major Australian universities, among others. Sam has a passion for all aspects of the Internet, he has a strong understanding of not only the possibilities, but the practicalities of the ever-evolving world of the web. He strives to demystify accessibility for developers, and create easier and more streamlined ways to make accessibilty a high priority step in the workflow of all projects, large and small alike.

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Sarah Pulis

By day Sarah is cofounder and director of accessibility services for Intopia. By night she is an accessibility avenger, bringing you Australia’s largest community events A11y Bytes and A11y Camp. Sarah has over seven years’ experience in digital inclusion, having worked for PwC Australia, Stamford Interactive and Media Access Australia. She helps organisations make digital inclusion a part of their everyday processes in a practical and pragmatic way. Her technical background and experience working with all levels in corporate makes her a great all-rounder. People describe Sarah as passionate about inclusion – and then some. She loves sharing her knowledge at Australian and international conferences, and is an active member of the accessibility community. Her team also call her the walking WCAG encyclopedia – don’t hold it against her. Follow on Twitter: @sarahtp and @Intopiadigital

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Scott Hollier

Dr Scott Hollier specialises in the field of digital accessibility and is the author of the book ‘Outrunning the Night: a life journey of disability, determination and joy’. With a Ph.D. in Internet Studies and project management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, Scott is an internationally-recognised researcher and speaker. Consultancy areas include consumer-based support for service organisations, developer-based support for ICT professionals for web and app-related work and support across different organisational roles to achieve compliance with digital accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0. Services include direct consultancy, project management, accessibility training and resource development. Scott also lectures at Edith Cowan University and the University of South Australia in the areas of information management and web accessibility.

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Zel Iscel

Zel Iscel runs her own disability consultancy, Inclusive World, where she provides specialist disability advice around Australia and abroad. Since February 2017, Zel joined the Women’s Community Health Network of WA to lead the Doors to Safety project which aims to improve safety for women with disability experiencing violence. Zel also works at Web Key IT as website analyst / consultant, and has thus found herself in the intersection of technology, disability and violence.

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Zoe Rose

Zoe is an experience designer currently working at SEEK. She spent most of her career in the UK, where she worked with large organisations such as the BBC and Cambridge University Press as well as startups. Zoe’s specialist areas are in content design, information architecture, and technology for education. She has a special interest in people with cognitive impairments, including those that result in low levels of literacy, and her practice is grounded in the conviction that services that works for these people work better for all users. Follow on Twitter: @z_rose

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