Join us on Thursday, 22 Sept as our partners, Rangle.io and Fable, welcome our QTs for an evening of great networking and conversation.
This month, we focus our conversation on what it means to build inclusive and accessible tech products and how to overcome challenges we may encounter along the way. This fireside chat will be between Thomas Schemmer, a Software Architect at Rangle.io who is passionate about creating inclusive experiences, and Richard Marion, a blind QA Web Accessibility Tester and Contractor for Fable. The conversation will illuminate just how broad and difficult it is to encompass all forms of accessibility and inclusion, dial in on tactical things you could do today to make your products better and discuss how this is meaningful to the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Whether you are attending in person or virtually, make sure to come with your questions, and be ready to meet and connect with your fellow QTs!
Here's what to expect :
5:30-6:00 pm: Arrival and Open Networking at Spaces Queen West
6:15 pm: Start of the event for Zoom attendees
6:20-6:30 pm: Welcome by QueerTech and Rangle.io + Fable
6:30-7:00 pm: Conversation
7:00-7:15 pm: Community Ask & Offers
7:15- 7:45 pm: More Awesome Networking
7:30 pm: End of the event for Zoom attendees
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Thomas Schemmer, Software Architect, Rangle.io
Richard Marion, QA Web Accessibility Tester
Richard has been involved in the accessible technology field for over five years. As a blind person, he gained knowledge of accessible tech from an early age and has been using computers with adaptive equipment for most of his life.
One of the achievements Richard is most proud of is working with The Vancouver Pride Society to include live Audio Description at the Vancouver Pride Parade. The first year this was done was 2015.
Richard is happily married to his husband for over six years now and they have a new member of their family as Richard just received a new guide dog this year.
THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THE EVENT
Space is limited so please be sure to RSVP for this event and if your schedule changes, be sure to release your spot. Admittance will be on a first come first serve basis.
We will be following current COVID recommendations for Ontario public health:
- Contact information will be required upon entry for contact tracing purposes
- Please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID or are feeling any symptoms
- Hand sanitizer will provided upon entry
- Please use your best judgments and be considerate of all those around you
For any accessibility accommodations, please contact us in advance.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you in person, and for those not in Toronto or not quite ready for IRL, we hope to see you in our digital spaces, including Discord!
THANK YOU TO OUR QT CONNECT SPONSORS
Presented by: RBC ; Pride: BDC, Canada Media Fund, TouchTunes, Twitter, Unity Technologies, Wealthsimple ; Ally: Google Chrome, Moment Factory, Sun Life ; Qmunity: BDO Canada, Osedea
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors: Platinum: RBC ; Gold: Google Chrome, Moment Factory, Wealthsimple; Silver: Sun Life, TouchTunes; Bronze: ORO Health, Osedea
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