Last year we had the opportunity to speak at both SXSW Interactive and SXSWedu, and we need your help to present there again in 2015! We are excited to share that we have BridgingApps representatives on severalÂ proposals for SXSW this upcoming year!
To be selected, the presentations are judged in part by votes from the public. This allows SXSW to gauge interest in the proposed topics. Please help support BridgingApps by voting for and sharing our proposals to let our community know how using mobile devices and apps effectively can positively impact people with disabilities! Below we have included information on each proposal as well as voting instructions.
Modern Swiss Army Knife: Leveraging Apps for Independence
Fact: You are getting older.
Your eyesight may be a little blurry or you may have trouble remembering the milk. In fact, you may already be using some of the same accessibility features that are so important for people with various disabilities, such as increasing your text size or calendar reminders.
Independence is important at any age. Whether you are a non-verbal child trying to express yourself, an adult who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or a baby boomer just trying to stay in your home. Low-cost, commercially available technology and apps have the power to help you, your children, and your parents gain independence. When used effectively, apps can serve as communication devices, help you complete everyday tasks, and remind you to take your medication. This panel will examine and demonstrate how apps and mobile devices can be used to support independence by focusing on the individualâ€™s skills, abilities, and interests.
Inclusive AppRoom: Viewing Apps through Disability
Weâ€™ve teamed up with our friends over at Teaching2Gether to bring you a workshop that focuses on using apps in inclusive environments. We have submitted this proposal for both SXSW Interactive and SXSWedu so be sure to vote for both!
Walk a mile (or for 1Â½ hours) in someone elseâ€™s shoes. Participants will rotate through interactive â€œstationsâ€ to experience apps and mobile devices with new eyesâ€”from the viewpoint of a person with a disability. Each “station” will allow participants to explore accessibility features and app functionality in an inclusive setting or with people who have varied needs and abilities (e.g. visual impairments, mobility impairments). With the help of expert facilitators, participants will learn strategies for the development and effective use of apps that can be used to target and improve skills for people with disabilities.
Innovating Education: Private Sector Initiatives
Opportunities for innovation in education to tackle dropout rates, and promote STEM education; to provide parents tools to be educators in the home (and on the go); and to provide children with learning disabilities an opportunity to experience customized education to meet their individual needs have driven over $1.75 billion in educational investments. Join us for a conversation about how private companies are doing their part to improve education around the globe.Â
To vote for our proposals:
- Go to the SXSW PanelPicker Website.
- Select â€œSign-in.â€
- Select â€œSign upâ€ and enter your email and password. This allows you to view and vote for our proposals.
- Once registered, you can access our proposals directly by following these links:
- Or you can select â€œSearch/Voteâ€ and find our panel by searching for the titles of each proposal.
- Once you find it, please click the â€œLikeâ€ (thumbs up) to vote. You can also make a comment or ask questions for the panelists.
- The voting is open from August 11th to September 5th!
You can vote for all of them, so be sure to vote EARLY and SHARE with your friends! Thank you for your continued support! We hope to see many of you at SXSW 2015!