Techshare Europe 2015: a connected World



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We are delighted to announce that this year, in partnership with the Scottish Institute for Enterprise we will be welcoming teams of student innovators to take part in an innovation and entrepreneurial learning experience. Students will attend from Duncan of Jordanstone, Glasgow Caledonian University, Napier University, Glasgow School of Art, Abertay University and Edinburgh College. The teams will be presented with a range of challenges facing blind and partially sighted people and will pitch their solutions at the end of the event.










Conference Programme – subject to change

Insight Radio, the radio station of RNIB, will record all conference sessions and make them available to download at www.insightradio.co.uk



Day 1: Thursday 10 September




12.45

Registration

Fringe activities


Please see the end of the programme for details – open throughout conference breaks

14.00

Session 1: Wearable Technology

IMAX Auditorium


Chair: John Legg, Director, RNIB Scotland


14.00

Introduction

John Legg, Director, RNIB Scotland




14.10

Welcome


14.25

Smart Glasses - a users perspective

Dr Stephen Hicks, Research Fellow, Oxford University

Stacy Rowe, Accessibility Development Executive, RNIB Solutions


14.45

Smart Shoes

Krispian C. Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO, Ducere Technologies




15.00

ABBI: Audio Bracelet

Prof Stephen Brewster, Professor of Human-Computer Interactions (Computing Science), University of Glasgow




15.15

Smart lens technology

Alcon



15.30

Apple Watch accessibility

Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Product Manager, Apple Inc.






15.50

Coffee

The Atrium / Clyde Suite




16.30

Session 2: Mainstreaming accessibility

IMAX Auditorium


Chair: Ellie Southwood, Vice Chair RNIB


16.35

Accessibility at Amazon


16.50

Developing an accessible Talking TV

Richard Moreton, Manager Business Development and Industrial Affairs, Samsung Electronics




17.05

Cities Unlocked – Realising the Potential of People and Places


17.20

Developing community access

Chris Yiu, Director of Digital Participation, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations




17.35

Google Fireside Chat: Mainstream meets Specialist Provision

Convenor: Ellie Southwood, Vice Chair RNIB

Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager, Google

Noel Duffy, Managing Director, Dolphin

Neil Heslop, Managing Director, RNIB Solutions

Further contributors TBC




18.15

Session close

18.30

Evening Reception

The Atrium




19.15

Networking Dinner

The Atrium





  • Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chief Executive, RNIB

  • Sandra Wilson, Chair, RNIB Scotland

  • Mike May, President & CEO, Sendero Group

Day 2: Friday 11 September




09.30




Registration

Coffee

Fringe activities


Please see the end of the programme for details.

10.00

Session 3: Accessing a connected world

IMAX Auditorium


Chair: Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB


10.00

Welcome and introduction

Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB



10.10

Keynote Address: Goggle Impact Challenge


Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Principal, Google.org

Florian Maganza, Program Manager EMEA, Google.org




10.30

Accessibility in Europe

Catherine Stihler MEP, Vice Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.




10.50

Connecting Global Partnerships for maximum impact

Neil Heslop, Managing Director, RNIB Solutions




11.10

Big Lottery – Getting the UK Online Today

Jackie Killeen, Scotland Director, Big Lottery Fund



11.30

Coffee

The Atrium / Clyde Suite




12.00

Session 4: Connected communities

IMAX Auditorium


Chair: Sandra Wilson, Chair, RNIB Scotland


12.00

Connecting Digital Health Initiatives

Justene Ewing, CEO, DHI Scotland







12.20

Navigating communities

Mike May, President & CEO, Sendero Group




12.40

Traveller Needs

Jamie Chan-Pensley, Principal Technologist, Catapult Transport Systems



13.00

Lunch

The Atrium / Clyde Suite




Fringe activities


Please see end of programme for details

14.00

Session 5: Living in a Connected World

IMAX Auditorium


Chair: Gary O'Donoghue, BBC Washington Correspondent


14.00

Braille in a digital world

Gary O'Donoghue, BBC Washington Correspondent




14.15

Tomorrow's Connected World

Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft




14.35

Tools for living in a connected world: showcase

  • Gavin Neate, Neatebox

  • Paul Warner, VICT Consultancy

  • John Worsfold, RNIB Solutions

  • Further contributors TBC




15.15

Scottish Institute for Enterprise Ideas Lab: Feedback session

Ann Davidson, Enterprise Programme Director, Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Student participants


15.45

Closing Remarks

Gary O'Donoghue, BBC Washington Correspondent



15.50

Session close




Fringe Activities


All Fringe Activities will run throughout all conference breaks, concluding at the end of lunch on Friday 11 September, unless otherwise specified.

1. Marketplace

Science Walk


  • Visit our exhibitors and find out what they have to offer.



2. Tech Try

The Atrium


  • Experience the gadgets featured at the conference for yourself.



3. Online Today!

The Boardroom / Tech Try


  • Online Today aims to give you the information and knowledge to realise and enjoy the benefits of being online, understand how it can assist your everyday living and importantly, how to stay safe online. Through home visits, events, one-to-one and group sessions you will find how easy it is to gain the basic skills and confidence to use technology.

  • RNIB's Online Today team will be running group sessions alongside the conference (not suitable for delegates as during plenary sessions) and will also have an exhibition stand in the Tech Try area where delegates can find out more about the project, register for future sessions or discuss any technical issues you may have in getting Online Today!



4. Haggeye’s simulation booth

The Science Walk


  • Open to delegates and members of the public throughout the conference.



5. SIE Ideas Lab - student challenge

The Egg and The Boardroom


  • Running from 09.30 on 10 September teams of students will hear from a programme of assistive technology experts and focus groups of blind and partially sighted people. The students will circulate during conference breaks and delegates are welcome to ‘drop in’ and act as a sounding board for the students’ ideas which will be developed over the course of the conference. The student teams will pitch to delegates during the final conference session.

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