Keynote

Andrew Arch

Ross Mullen

Jamie Teh

Jason Jinks

ThoughtWorks

Marzena Sokolowska and Emily Siow

Marzena Sokolowska joined ThoughtWorks as a full stack developer in early 2014, full of passion to help other organisations evolve and run successful Agile projects. Prior to that she worked as a software engineer at Capgemini, contributing to systems crucial to some of the biggest companies in Germany. She has a MS in Computer Science.

Emily Siow is a full stack developer at ThoughtWorks. She studied Computer Science at the University of New South Wales where she enjoyed the student life, spent some time at a Sydney startup where she briefly enjoyed the startup life, then decided to join ThoughtWorks where she currently enjoys the consultant life. Follow < a href="https://twitter.com/emsiow">@emsiow on Twitter.

Kurt Heiz

Kurt Heiz

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft

Ashton Williams

Ashton Williams

@AshtonDev on Twitter

Ashton is a Senior Mobile Engineer at Odecee building iOS apps in Melbourne. He focuses most of his time on build tools, dependency management, building frameworks, and accessibility. Contributor to open source projects such as CocoaPods and Fastlane.

Braedon Reid

Braedon Reid

Braedon is passionate about Front-end Development and making beautiful and functional experiences for all users. Around the office he’s focused on Node JS, design to implementation workflows and all things accessible, outside of the office he’s usually hiking, cycling or gaming.

Rhiana Heath

Rhiana Heath

Rhiana comes from a background of educational psychology with a focus on inclusion, so how to include people of all abilities when designing curriculum and in a classroom setting.

A few years ago she made the switch to becoming a front end developer, which unsurprisingly for her developed with a focus on all user experience, including users with disabilities. She has spoken at a number of meet ups and conferences with the aim of educating people about the importance of accessibility and hoping to inspire them to consider it in their roles as well.

Herin Hentry

Herin Hentry

Follow @HerinHentry on Twitter.

Herin has been a test consultant at Planit Software Testing for nearly 10 years and has vast experience in all facets of testing and domains including Finance, Broadcasting, Telco and specifically leading many web and app testing assignments. For the past 2 years, she has been involved in Accessibility Testing and training test team. She also participated in Open Air 2015 as Accessibility Tester in Down Under team which secured 3rd place. She is very passionate about accessibility and making a difference in people’s life.

Chris Pycroft

Chris Pycroft

Chris Pycroft is a person who dedicates himself to making a difference. Chris has recently joined Intopia as Accessibility Engagement Manager, after 4 years in community engagement, business operation and web accessibility consultancy roles at Media Access Australia. Chris also plays an active role in the governance and development of non-for-profit organisations. He has been the co-convenor of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby since October 2015 after spending four years on the organisation’s Committee of Management.

Michael Curran

Michael Curran

As a totally blind person, Michael Curran focuses on software development in the area of accessibility, and also is very passionate about helping the blindness community in several ways. Michael has been able to merge both of these passions by creating the first and only free and open source Screen Reader for The Windows Operating System which allows blind and vision impaired people to use Windows for no more cost than their sighted peers. Michael continues to play a leading role in the NVDA screen Reader, both as a core developer, and as an Executive Director of NV Access Limited, the Australian charity he and others set up to promote and develop this now very well known Screen Reader. Through Michael’s work with NVDA and NV Access, he has gained extensive experience in the field of accessibility, including vast knowledge of key accessibility standards, software APIs and best practices. He has fostered relationships with companies such as Mozilla, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe, and has contributed to the accessibility of their respective products.

Wilco Fiers

Wilco Fiers

Wilco is an accessibility technology expert at Deque Systems, Inc. He is founder and chair of the Auto-WCAG community group. Wilco has participated in a variety of accessibility projects such as WAI-AGE, WAI-ACT and EIII as well as being a developer in open source projects such as QuailJS and WCAG-EM Report Tool.

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Jordan Nguyen

Dr Jordan Nguyen

Dr Jordan Nguyen’s mission in life is to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to be a driving force behind positive human and technological evolution into the future. He designs life-changing technologies focusing on intelligent, futuristic and inclusive technology for the disability sector. He believes the relationship between humanity and technology is constantly changing and its role in our lives is becoming more integrated, leading us to a future that is ‘Beyond Superhuman’. A passionate advocate for social change Jordan follows the mantra “One Life, Persist to Improve Many”; he believes each life has the capacity to improve many others, and that this simple idea can change the world.

It was diving into a pool on a hot sunny day, like he and millions of other Australians do all throughout Summer, that changed Jordan’s life course forever. In a dive gone wrong he hit his head on the bottom of the pool which left him confined to bed, unable to move and fearing permanent damage. Suddenly he found himself having to consider life without independence in mobility. Regaining the ability to get out of bed a walk after a whole day of not even being able to roll over, Jordan considered himself incredibly lucky to have escaped without serious damage. As such, this experience prompted him to educate himself about disability and the challenges associated with accessing necessary equipment and resources for independence. Ever since the recovery Jordan has met many people who have continued fuelling his inspiration to create new inclusive technologies in an effort to improve quality of life and independence for people with disability.

Jordan completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2012, landing in the Chancellor’s List for the top theses across the university. For this Jordan developed a mind-controlled smart wheelchair for people with high-level physical disability. This smart wheelchair uses cameras to view its environment and provides autonomous navigation assistance to the operator whilst they control it purely by thought. This amazing work has led to Jordan being a hot topic of discussion in the media. He has been featured in a range of TV, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews, most notably ABC’s Catalyst and Channel TEN’s The Project. Jordan believes we must be proactive rather than reactive in the face of the rapidly changing landscape of the modern world, and believes that the more people understand the immense potential for technological developments in the near future the easier that becomes. One way he has applied this thinking is through founding Psykinetic, a social business that creates futuristic inclusive technology in order to improve independence and quality of life for people with disability. Psykinetic designs automated systems, robotics, smart interaction technology and medical devices, and the vision is to see many new levels of accessibility and inclusivity facilitated by these innovations.

Another way he achieves this is through his inspirational communication ability. Jordan is a TEDx speaker, and has keynoted at prestigious events such as Think Inc. and Wired for Wonder, among many others. He has shared the stage with a number of influential people, including Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and the one person the late Steve Jobs ever worked for. As a speaker Jordan has the ability to translate highly technical concepts and future trends into clear and concise content, relevant to any organisation looking to proactively embrace and adapt to technological change. He has on several occasions presented internationally at the world’s largest annual biomedical conference, the Engineering for Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC), on advances in intelligent assistive robotics and controlling technology with the power of the mind.

Jordan is on the board of directors for Object: The Australian Design Centre, is a member of the board for the NSW Medical Technology Knowledge Hub, and is a casual academic, all whilst continuing to develop advancement in technology for disability. He is currently working on a TV documentary for the ABC called Becoming Superhuman. Set to air in May 2016 it will showcase some of his latest creations and discuss how our brains are wired to allow us to augment and improve ourselves towards the future of the human race.

Dr Jordan Nguyen is a leader many look to for inspiring others on the future of technology for humanity, purpose, and sustainability, with a core focus on driving positive global impact.

Dan Moore

Dan Moore

Iain Fraser

Iain Fraser

Greg Madson

Greg Madson

Jacob Bass

Jacob Bass

Gian Wild

Gian Wild

Kelly Schulz

Kelly Schulz

Kelly has built her career on being the ‘voice of the customer’ through some of the worst customer experiences a large corporate can inflict on its customers. Her approach to improvements in experience design acknowledges that everyone is unique, and that flexibility, reliability and usability are universal needs. Born with a rare, genetic, eye condition, Kelly can legitimately claim to be “One in Million” and has been legally blind since birth. Kelly brings a perspective and humour to the world that makes accessible design, well… accessible.

Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn

Rick Giner

Rick Giner

@RickGiner on twitter

Rick is a lead Front End Developer with Australia Post, and organiser and contribute to a number of local communities including AngularJS Melbourne and the BuzzConf technology festival. Passionate about dev practises, emerging technology and whisky – he’s always happy to talk tech over a glass as long as there’s a bar open somewhere.

Jason Jinks

Jason Jinks

Tom Bredin-Grey

Tom Bredin-Grey

@tbredin on tiwtter

Tom is a developer devoted to improving the experience of users on the web.

Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

@jzjeanes on twitter

Jacob is a designer who regularly lectures at design schools. He’s a passionate speaker who knows three jokes.

Adem Cifcioglu

@ademcifci on Twitter

Adem is a digital accessibility consultant at NAB and co-founder and Director of Accessible Technologies at Intopia. He is also leader of A11y Bytes Melbourne and co-organiser of A11y Camp Sydney. No matter what hat he’s wearing, he is leading the crusade to create universal and barrier free websites. Adem has been known to talk about getting his Tankchair out to roll over people who were getting in his way of him being an A11y Avenger. He’s joking… we think.

Sarah

Sarah Pulis

By day I work to make the world more inclusive as director and cofounder of Intopia. By night I am an a11y avenger, working in the shadows to bring you A11y Bytes and A11y Camp. I’m described as passionate about accessibility… and then some. I also like reading WCAG – don’t hold it against me.

Gisele Mesnage

Gisele has been blind since birth. Digital technology has empowered her in many ways to live a more independent life, but accessibility barriers are still a daily reality. Gisele founded the Digital Gap Initiative in 2014 to campaign for legislation to help to bring down these barriers.

Charissa Ramirez

Charissa is a graphic designer who loves to analyse and simplify processes by creating ‘workflows’.

Her current project involves PDFs but she is keen to explore other digital technologies in the future. The first time she got her first accessibility project, she has never stopped reading, learning, enquiring, testing, and documenting steps and errors, and would love to meet others who share the same passion as well as ‘frustrations’ in making accessible digital documents.

If she is not at work or with friends and family, she is following up LinkedIn forums or attending Meetups, MOOCs, UX and accessibility events, such as the A11y Camp.

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Andrew Downie

If not quite scoring an awesome, at least my decades of accessibility experience should be enlightening. I bring a reasonable level of coding and standards knowledge, together with first-hand experience of using a screen reader to access online information. While I have been called a cynic, I aim to be constructive and relish opportunities offered by technology.

Andrew Arch

@amja on Twitter

Andrew Arch works in Digital Transformation Office on the Digital Service Standard and supporting guidance with a particular interest in ensuring the widest range of users are assisted to interact digitally. He was part of the team in Finance responsible for implementation of the Web Accessibility National Transition to adopt WCAG 2.0. Andrew has a long history with web accessibility, including working with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and with Vision Australia.

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Ross Mullen

Ross Mullen is a public servant working at the Shared Services Centre for the Federal Government in Canberra. He has 8 years’ experience as a web application developer and for the past 3 years has been working on web accessibility for a range of large and small Government web applications. His accessibility work on a Whole of Government web application project has led him to focus on documenting third party toolkits and plugins.

Russ Weakley

Russ Weakley

@russmaxdesign on Twitter

Russ Weakley is a world-renowned CSS expert, with a detailed knowledge of web design and development. Russ chairs the Web Standards Group (WSG) and produced a series of widely acclaimed online resources and tutorials on CSS, HTML and accessibility.

Sean Curtis

I’ve spoken at the last two A11y Bytes events and I’m really excited about how web components can help improve the accessibility of the web. I’m hoping my excitement and passion can inspire others.

Meera Pankhania

@Meera404 on Twitter

Meera has over ten years of experience spread across client-side, digital agencies and consultancies and has acquired expertise in the different disciplines required to create and advocate inclusive user experience. She is the former Head of Accessibility and Usability at AbilityNet, a pan disability charity in the UK, who were a member of the working group that co-authored British Standard 8878; and has hands-on experience in providing consultancy on embedding web accessibility into organisations.

Lisa Herrod

@scenariogirl and @inclusiveUX on Twitter

Lisa is the Principal User Experience Researcher at Inclusive UX specialising in Inclusive Research practices with diverse audiences, such as people with disabilities.

She has been working on the web for over 16 years, with the past 12 focusing on user research, accessibility and inclusive research practices.

Andrew Normand

Andrew Normand

@Andrew_Normand on Twitter

Andrew is the Web Accessibility Lead at the University of Melbourne. Over the past 5 years he has employed 30 students with hearing, vision, mobility and cognitive impairments, to conduct user experience testing. Together they identify barriers to access, prepare guides for academics and provide training to university staff.

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