Enhancing Human Functionality With Technology
Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
As kids we long to be superheroes. We yearn for jetpacks, space travel and teleportation. Hopes get dashed when we discover Batman's life costs $682 million. Commoditized space travel thrills us, but then we realize we'll never go. We fund Kickstarter space travel projects and dream practically. We hope for chargerless electronics and productive commutes to work.
Our parents get sick, our peers get debilitating diseases and we take on caregiving responsibilities we didn’t foresee. We ponder the practicality of jetpacks, realize they may never happen and realize we may be disabled at some point. We forget about our wishes and look for things to simplify life; ways to interpret needs of someone who can't speak or how to pay for sh*t you need if you fall ill.
It doesn't have to be dismal and we don't have to settle. We can design smarter solutions to make life better for everyone. Join us for a conversation with advocates who are actively looking at solutions to better humanity.
Disability Rights NC
Holly Stiles is an attorney who has dedicated the last five years of her practice to advancing the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. She received her Juris Doctorate in a 2007 from New...Show the rest
Holly Stiles is an attorney who has dedicated the last five years of her practice to advancing the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. She received her Juris Doctorate in a 2007 from New York Law School, and a B.A. in Ancient History from UNC Chapel Hill in 2003. As a person with hearing loss, Holly is keenly interested in how we use technology to include people with disabilities in the world.Hide the rest
Virginia Ingram & Associates
Virginia cut her teeth in digital communications when it was only an emerging industry. She’s come a long way since those early days, working for the first DSL company in New York City (back when A...Show the rest
Virginia cut her teeth in digital communications when it was only an emerging industry. She’s come a long way since those early days, working for the first DSL company in New York City (back when AOL dominated) and riding out the dot-com boom at an internet incubator.
Virginia continues to work primarily in digital communications and has spent most of her career on the agency side, developing the strategy for clients like the American Institute of CPAs, Krispy Kreme and Our State magazine.
Since co-founding the Workshop Group with her partners from South Africa, Virginia has helped clients, large and small, to forge a deeper connection with their audiences. Virginia is not a strategist who stops at the big ideas. Her early years of managing projects to the last detail left a permanent mark. She’s always thinking about how to turn strategy into a plan of action. Virginia brings unfettered energy and enthusiasm to her work, which is just one reason collaborators enjoy working with her.Hide the rest