Christian Heilmann

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Talking about Scripting Enabled and accessibility hacking at Stanford

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Next Thursday, the 14th of August I’ll be guest at Stanford University to give a talk about accessibility hacking and Scripting Enabled.

Get all the details on the Stanford Online Accessibility Program Site

Scripting Enabled Venue and Tickets are now available!

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I’ve met with the lovely people from Gamelab and the Metropolitan University on Friday and we finalized the details of Scripting Enabled.

Scripting Enabled is a two day event in London on the 19th and 20th of September 2008. The goals of the event are:

  • to build accessible interfaces to currently inaccessible services,
  • get hackers and non-technical people who know about accessibility problems to talk and
  • release documentation and tools based on real issues to make the web a more inclusive place.

This event is separated into two different parts and you need to book separate tickets!

The first day is dedicated to getting real information about accessibility barriers of online systems and techniques to work around them. This day is for:

  • Developers that will come on the second day to find out what needs building
  • Anybody who wants to learn about accessibility barriers from those who get blocked by them and not from theory
  • Anybody who wants to share their experiences in being blocked out from online services because of their ability

The second day is a development event where we will try to build solutions and alternative interfaces into existing systems that work around the issues we learned about on the first day.

This day is for:

  • Developers that want to build truly accessible interfaces and legal hacks around currently inaccessible systems
  • People that can give real information based on research and user testing to hep developers build the right things
  • Testers that can give us a real user experience rather than having to simulate it.

Go and book your tickets now

Scripting Enabled is what keeps me busy

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I am very happy to announce that I am organizing my first big event. After years of fighting the good fight and getting people to embrace accessibility I was ready to give up on it. Instead I took a new angle on it and used APIs to create alternative interfaces to systems that just will not get more accessible any time soon.

Readers of this blog will have seen the outcome of these, and last weekend at mashed08 I showed another hack and explained the idea of it. I also gauged if there was any interest by the assembled hackers in an event like this and got some good response.

Even better was that I won a prize – some financial support to get an “accessibility hack day” on the road.

So here goes, check out Scripting Enabled

Scripting Enabled is a conference and hack day in London, England in September 2008.

The aim of the conference is to break down the barriers between disabled users and the social web as much as giving ethical hackers real world issues to solve. We talked about improving the accessibility of the web for a long time – let’s not wait, let’s make it happen.

Right now I am still looking for, well, everything. I have some money, I need a location and other speakers. I got a lot of ideas, though.

Check out the site, the calls for participation and if you want to help, please contact me!