Speakers

Learn a little bit about some of the experts presenting sessions this year.

Keynotes

Tatiana Mac

Tatiana Mac is an independent American designer who works directly with organisations to build clear and coherent products and design systems. She believes the trifecta of accessibility, performance, and inclusion can work symbiotically to improve our social landscape digitally and physically. When ethically-minded, she thinks technologists can dismantle exclusionary systems in favour of community-focused, inclusive ones. Never totally pleased with design tools, she designs in browser to bring performant, semantic, and accessible visual narratives into the web. Her current obsessions are optimising variable fonts, converting raster images into to SVGs, and recreating modernist paintings in CSS grid. When she can successfully :q vim, she finds new countries to explore (36 and counting). Follow on Twitter @tatianatmac.

Find them online at Tatianaman.com.

Speakers

Adem Cifcioglu

Adem Cifcioglu (Co-Founder and Director of Accessible Technologies, Intopia) has over 12 years of hands-on, professional experience working on the web, including web development, training and consulting. Adem has worked with accessibility in organisations both large and small, on websites for companies ranging from not for profits to large corporates. Throughout 2012 Adem lead the development of the technology section of the National Australia Bank (NAB)’s Accessibility Action Plan, and from 2014 to mid- 2019 was responsible for the development and execution of NAB’s digital accessibility agenda. Adem has provided accessibility advice and run accessible development workshops, as well as organizing community accessibility events in Melbourne. Adem organises the Melbourne Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meet-Up and is a co-organiser of the A11y Bytes Global Accessibility Awareness Day initiative, and the A11y Camp Conference. Follow on Twitter @ademcifci.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Allison Ravenhall

Allison Ravenhall has worked in enough IT roles to fill a bakery: tester, web dev, team lead, tech architect, usability and UX consultant, tech writer, training facilitator, speaker, and accessibility consultant. That depth and breadth of experience is all brought into play in Allison’s current role as Digital Accessibility Sensei at leading Australian accessibility consultancy Intopia, helping organisations create inclusive websites and apps. Follow on Twitter @RavenAlly.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Amanda Mace

Amanda Mace is the Operations Manager at Web Key IT, a Digital Accessibility firm. Her role at Web Key IT includes providing accessibility consultation, training, website and document auditing, document remediation and project management. Amanda has presented at several conferences and events on both the practical implications and technical solutions for accessible digital products. She has served as a judge in the Accessibility category for the Australian Web Awards as well as judging in the Australian Access Awards. As an active member of two W3C working groups, the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Education and Outreach Working Group as well as the Silver Taskforce, Amanda continues to contribute standards and guidelines to ensure a more accessible future for all. Follow on Twitter @webkey_it and @BluesChick5.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Andrew Normand

Andrew is the Web Accessibility Lead at the University of Melbourne. He assesses the broader impact of new IT initiatives on prospective customers, current students and staff. He also provides training for students and staff on assistive technologies. Andrew has established an industry leading user testing program which has employed over 40 students with hearing, vision, mobility and cognitive impairments. Together, they ensure that learning management systems, research management platforms, CRM, authentication, web apps and physical infrastructure (e.g. hearing loops) can be accessed by as many users as possible. As both a lawyer and software developer, Andrew enjoys working with project teams regarding international best practice on procurement, legal responsibilities, vendor management, design, branding and defect management. He also loves providing and discussing alternative code solutions.

Ben Long

After completing his PhD in computer science, Ben worked as a research scientist for the Department of Defence, where he designed security systems using set theory and logic. His regular train ride to the office was a long one; the onset of boredom eventually drove him to pass the time by writing quirky rhyming stories for kids, with four of them now published as picture books. With a passion for both science and storytelling, the intersection of these interests has played a pivotal role in Ben’s career, first taking him to Red Hat where he managed a team of technical writers, and now to Tiny Technologies as the company’s first ever developer advocate. At Tiny, he manages the content and community strategies, and is editor and contributing author of the company’s blog - Blueprint. Follow on Twitter @benlongdev.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Bri Norton

Brigitta Norton is the UX Lead of Synergy and has previously been the Digital Transformation Agency’s Accessibility and Inclusivity Lead. She is a digital strategist with 16-years experience enabling organisations to achieve a competitive digital presence, creating a user friendly and accessible experience for optimal stakeholder engagement; providing effective and efficient service delivery. She turns disengaged end users into enthusiastic contributors and understands that digital services need to be searchable, accessible and user-friendly for all visitors to find and access using all kinds of devices from anywhere around the world. Follow on Twitter: @algazel.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Dr Scott Hollier

Dr Scott Hollier specialises in the field of digital accessibility and is the author of the book ‘Outrunning the Night: a life journey of disability, determination and joy’. With a Ph.D. in Internet Studies and project management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, Scott is an internationally-recognised researcher and speaker. Consultancy areas include consumer-based support for service organisations, developer-based support for ICT professionals for web and app-related work and support across different organisational roles to achieve compliance with digital accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0. Services include direct consultancy, project management, accessibility training and resource development. Scott also lectures at Edith Cowan University and the University of South Australia in the areas of information management and web accessibility. Follow on Twitter: @scotthollier

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Gian Wild

Gian Wild is the CEO of AccessibilityOz. She has worked in accessibility industry since 1998. Her major achievements include: the very first Australian accessible web site; the accessibility compliance of the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; her six years’ active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; and her speech on the importance of web accessibility at the United Nations Conference of State Parties in June last year. Gian has spoken at conferences in Australia, US, Canada, South America and Europe. Follow on Twitter @AccessibilityOz.

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Jason McKee

Jason drives the marketing and branding for Accessibility Shield. A former journalist and advertising executive, he writes frequently about web accessibility for publications such as Wired Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and an advocate for the disabled. Follow on Twitter @A11yShield.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Matheus Ferreira

Matheus Ferreira is a Brazilian journalist, who is pursuing his master’s degree in Communication at the São Paulo State University. He currently holds a scholarship granted by the São Paulo Research Foundation to research the regulation of digital accessibility in cyberjournalism in Brazil and Australia. The researcher is a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Culture and Technology (Curtin University), under the supervision of the director of the Centre, professor Katie Ellis. Follow on Twitter @bentheus.

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Troy Waller

Troy is a Learning Delivery Specialist & Accessibility Lead for Microsoft Education Australia. He works directly with teachers and school leaders to better reach learning outcomes and transform classroom time through technology. He helps schools plan and implement long to medium-term professional development strategies around the use of educational technologies. He leads both virtual and face-to-face sessions inspiring teachers towards the digital transformation of education. Troy is passionate about how technology can be used to make classrooms more equitable and inclusive and worked with numerous schools around the country to achieve this. He taught in Asia for over a decade, working for both government and International Schools before returning to Australia in 2012. His knowledge extends from the Australian Curriculum to the International Baccalaureate. Follow on Twitter @hojusaram.

Find them online at LinkedIn.

Vithya Vijayakumare

Vithya is the Digital Accessibility Consultant at VisAbility. Part of Vithya’s role is to ensure websites, social media, videos, documents and audio materials are accessible to all users, including people with disabilities. Vithya provides various accessibility training and consultation which includes providing standards and guidelines on how to create accessible videos/podcast, social media, websites and document auditing/remediation (PDF/Word/EPUB3). She has presented at several disability conferences and events on various digital accessibility topics (OzeWAI, PWAC, National Disability Service (NDS) WA Conference, GAAD). With a Professional Certification in Web Accessibility, Masters of Innovation Technologies from ECU, specialising in multimedia, sound design and 3D Surround Sound, Vithya has developed a great passion for digital accessibility and inclusive publishing. She is working towards ensuring that all products and information will be “Born Digital, Born Accessible” in the near future. Follow on Twitter @vithyavv and @visabilityAU.

Find them online at LinkedIn.