Panel discussion from the speakers at the event.
Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She is currently the CTO of the myHealthPal Group. She started out as a Developer, moving on to Product Management, and finally Programme & Engineering/Operations Management. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.
Meri is talking about how to get the most out of people in an organisation.
Graeme Coleman is an accessibility consultant for The Paciello Group (TPG). Graeme joined TPG in October 2013 from the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, where he combined his roles as a postgraduate researcher and accessibility consultant responsible for conducting numerous web accessibility audits and providing hands-on training in creating accessible websites.
Graeme talks about why he became interested in web accessibility, what web accessibility consultancy entails (and what it doesn’t), and why he believes it is important for developers and organisations to consider accessibility when developing content for the web. He discussess some of the techniques that developers can implement to improve accessibility, some of which many may already be applying (but be unaware of the accessibility benefits they bring).
Mark Palmer is an independent accessibility consultant who believes in creating usable experiences for people of all abilities. He is firmly of the opinion that accessibility is more about talking, listening and experimenting than it is about ticking boxes.
From his perspective working in large organisations, Mark discusses his experiences relating to the practicalities of actually building an accessibility culture in a large organisation, and the approaches he takes to resolving these challenges, and how these approaches may benefit other organisations.
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/graemecoleman/tales-from-the-accessibility-trenches-highland-fling-talk-edinburgh-19th-april-2014 http://www.slideshare.net/MarkPalmer4/creating-an-accessibility-culture-highland-fling-sessions-april-2014
A short chemistry career that involved endlessly manipulating input files with Perl made Donald want to build user interfaces that weren’t highly whitespace dependent. Codecademy addict turned web developer thanks to the pizza-filled, tech-focused events in Edinburgh.
We all need to learn new skills to keep up to date and Donald shares his experience of teaching himself to build websites and getting a job as a developer with Float.
Donald’s blog posts that inspired the talk: http://www.donaldmckendrick.com/2014/01/15/online-web-dev-learning/ http://www.donaldmckendrick.com/2014/03/20/online-web-dev-learning-2/
After a short introduction to the Sessions by Alan, Stephanie starts us off with a reminder that our industry is in a time of disruption and we create problems for ourselves when we try and control things that we can’t - we need to let go and use the web’s strengths to our advantage.