A new technology conference is launching in New York City this October, and proposals for presentations are currently being accepted.
Below is more information on the first New York Public Library Assistive Technology Conference.
Taking place Saturday, October 21 Sunday, October 22 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, The New York Public Library s Accessible Technology Conference is a free and inclusive conference focused on the impact, affordances, and evolution of accessible technologies used by Blind, low-vision, and print-disabled people.
The conference is open to all community members and is free to presenters and participants alike. Our conference team commits to a fully accessible conference, including providing accessible conference materials, hybrid participation, and other access needs.
How to Submit a Proposal
To submit a proposal, please fill out this form.
We will be accepting applications through Saturday, July 15. If this deadline poses a challenge to you, please let us know. First-time presenters and people with marginalized identities are welcomed and encouraged to participate. We look forward to connecting with you!
Tips for Successful Proposals
We're interested in hosting a dialogue that explores technology as it is used in our daily lives and imagines a more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive future for accessible tech. We particularly encourage presentation proposals that focus on maker/DIY culture, human and intersectional factors in adopting and using accessible technology, new-to-market and affordable technologies, and hands-on learning.
Interactive in-depth sessions where community members can gain a fuller working understanding of a topic, project, or piece of technology,
Productive conversation-based sessions (less of a slide show).
Hands-on sessions for attendees to learn practical skills (e.g., art, physical computer, coding).
Focus on emerging, unique and interesting accessible technology products currently available or late-stage beta that can be tested at the conference.
Focus on the human side of technology ((e.g. teaching training, accessible technology in a social justice framework).
Note that this conference is NOT about web accessibility
Note that this conference is NOT suitable for presentations primarily focused on sales
Blind, low vision, DeafBlind, and multiply disabled end-users People interested in learning more about Accessible Technology Technology instructors Service providers Beginners, intermediate, and advanced users of Accessible Technology devices Innovators and inventors Tactile artists Disability justice advocates Access hackers
Please feel free to write ATconference@nypl.org if you have any questions.Source: Upcoming: NYPL’s Accessible Technology Conference 2023
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.