How many of you have people with accessibility challenges at your developing table?
"But Michele, our product has not been created to solve an accessibility challenge."
What if you found out after spending thousands on developing your solution, that a competitor did the opposite of you and had accessibility advisors and talent as part of their startup team...and now they made you obsolete in one simple + swift action?
Here is data that opened the SGHOU team's eyes as we explored bringing this topic of accessibility and these experts to you for July.
Now, these are a few different perspectives to explore to expand your current thinking about the value of using captions in your product and product delivery. (We will talk about this more in our fire-side chat)
We bring you TWO people making a difference for ALL your startup customers/clients
Meryl K. Evans CPACC Speaker + Accessibility Marketer
Alex Westner Founder + Audio Technologist
The goal for this fire-side chat is so you can hear straight from the source of a founder who created a solution serving the accessibility community AND from an accessibility expert who helps us explore the additional values of BOTH developing your solution with accessibility in mind and the benefit of having accessibility mentors/advisors for your startup.
We continue to welcome your topic and guest speaker requests - you can email those to me at Michele@startupgrind.com
Those who support our Houston chapter with their nominal donation w/ their ticket will also receive video access after the event.
Meryl Evans, CPACC, Speaker + Accessibility Marketing Consultant (she / her / deaf) is an author, professional speaker, and accessibility marketing consultant with over 20 years of experience who happens to be born hearing-free aka profoundly deaf. She's an accessibility marketing consultant who helps her clients in different industries with their marketing and accessibility projects.
Meryl is a highly sought and regarded speaker on accessibility and inclusion with a focus on people with disabilities and accessible communication. She has spoken at TEDx, AWE, AccessU, ID24, Content Marketing World, axe-con, PCMA Convening Leaders, and many companies' internal events. She's a member W3C Immersive Captions Community and core research team at XR Access. She's also the co-host of A11yNYC and A11yVR, meetups that explore different aspects of accessibility.
Alex began his career in engineering, and at the MIT Media Lab, he researched microphone arrays and the “cocktail party problem”—getting computers to pick out individual voices in a room. He spent 18 years as a product leader in audio and music technology companies, shipping successful products that analyze and understand sound. One standout, “iZotope RX,” became known as the Photoshop for Sound, earned an Engineering Emmy Award, and has become an industry-standard tool.
In the last several years, searching for something deeper and more meaningful, he immersed himself in the most profound human problem related to audio — people who have trouble hearing altogether. He founded Xander, setting its vision on providing relief for the 1.5 billion people around the world who struggle with the effects of hearing loss.
The mission of the company is to CAPTION THE WORLD.
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