Wednesday, 06 March 2013
For many web developers today there is a lot of confusion around exactly what is best practice when creating accessible web content.
What we'd like to know is are there too many languages, is there just too much to learn about diverse user needs? On top of becoming proficient with the languages and tools that you use, as a developer are being asked to facilitate the needs and wants of people you may have never met - nor properly understand.
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
The Vodafone Foundation is calling on developers across Europe to design smartphone applications and services which consider the needs older people and people with disabilities. As a part of this call the NCBI Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) will co-host a halfday workshop, which will take place on Tuesday 21st of August, and is followed by an Inventorium event that will end late in the afternoon of Wednesday the 22nd. The Inventorium event is hosted by the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC). The NDRC Inventorium is a programme designed to help turn innovative digital ideas into sustainable businesses.
Written by Antoinette Fennell Sunday, 29 April 2012
Kieran O’Callaghan, a PhD student from Cork IT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, has won the grand prize of €3,000 at NCBI Centre for Inclusive Technology’s Technology Showcase with his design Aquaeye (Trademark).
Presented with his cheque by Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Kieran’s design was picked from nine finalists by a high profile panel of judges with expertise in the areas of IT and inclusive design.
Written by Antoinette Fennell Saturday, 28 April 2012
In late 2011, a call for competition entries was sent out to professional designers and design students. The objective was to raise awareness of the potential of disability to inspire innovation and to provide designers of inclusive technologies with a platform to promote their inventions.
The criteria for entry were as follows:
- Entries had to have at the very least a working prototype
- Entries could be anything at all as long as they incorporated some type of technology
- The designers had to have considered vision loss during the design process
Almost 100 people braved the harsh Dublin weather to attend the Showcase. The event was a huge success, due largely to the energy and enthusiasm of the designers who tirelessly presented their demos to an eager public. These nine finalist designs are described in more detail below.