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.iowho 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
Passionate about deriving efficient solutions for complex problems and creating inclusive experiences. I am a hands-on software-architect and web accessibility specialist, challenging the notions of complacency and reactionary development. I pull a wealth of knowledge from my career experiences from working within many different types of company settings.
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.
We are a leader in building digital products. If your company wants the kind of partner who can refine your entire product lifecycle from the idea to launch, our experts will coach your team through the journey, designing and building together.
At Rangle, we care about building a representative and inclusive culture, one that reflects the cities we do business in. Diversity, equity and inclusion for us means doing the work — it’s a process that doesn’t end with creating and publishing simple statements, but with putting the effort in every day. This includes conversations, new initiatives, being led by our Community of Practice, and changing any rule or policy that doesn’t reflect the needs of everyone at Rangle.
Most of the internet is inaccessible, but you can change that with Fable. Enterprises use Fable Engage to connect to people with disabilities for user research and accessibility testing. Fable Upskill provides custom training for digital teams to gain the skills to build inclusive products.
QueerTech is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from our events, conferences, and on-line communities at the discretion of the organizers.