Accessibility Club Conference Berlin 2018

Back in 2016 Joschi Kuphal and Stefan Judis organised the first Berlin edition of the a11y club in Berlin. Since then every edition of beyond tellerrand in Berlin had an a11y club as part of the whole experience. Last January, during the first beyond tellerrand in Munich, Joschi also managed to organise an a11y club and successfully held #7 as part of the Side Events in Munich.

Photo showing the audience during the seventh accessibility club in Munich
Accessibility Club #7 in Munich – photo by tollwerk

Accessibility, for me, is always a very important and exciting topic to be covered at every beyond tellerrand in a way. I am absolutely happy and delighted, that Joschi and Stefan have chosen my Berlin edition to run their first conference edition of this format as part of the Side Events.

What Is Happening During This Day?

Four speakers entering the stage so far, but more to be announced. One of the speakers also is part of beyond tellerrand. These four people are:

Photo showing Léonie Watson

Léonie Watson — Director of Developer Communications at The Paciello Group, member of the W3C Advisory Board and co-chair of the W3C Web Platform WG, technology writer and speaker. She began using the internet in 1993, turned it into a career in 1997, and (despite losing her eyesight along the way), she's been enjoying herself thoroughly ever since.

Photo showing Charlie Owen

After contracting as a front-end developer in London, and writing code for the front page of BBC News, Charlie Owen is now happily working as a senior FED for Springer Nature in Berlin. There she helps make the world of scientific publishing a better place by constructing design systems, banging on about inclusive design, and utilising those wonderful web standards.

Photo showing Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen

Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen — activist, author, speaker and consultant for all things inclusion and accessibility. Together with a group of fellow campaigners he founded several charities and runs a handful of award-winning online and offline services.

Photo showing Alistair Duggin

Alistair Duggin is Head of Accessibility at the Government Digital Service and is responsible for making sure that GOV.UK is as accessible as possible. He was a frontend developer at the BBC for over 11 years with roles including Lead Frontend Developer and Accessibility Champion on the BBC 2012 Olympics websites and Principal Web Developer on BBC Weather.
Alistair's talk will outline a 4-part strategy for making digital products accessible — and maybe even give us some insights into the new GOV.UK Design System?

But as mentioned above, that is not all, because you can be part as well …

Be Part and Get Involved

The Accessibility Club Conference encourages you to get involved. Follow this Call for Papers and send your proposal for a 15–20 minute presentation. It does not matter if you are a pro speaker or new to speaking: you have the chance to be part. Send your details until July 15th, but don’t include any personal details or profile URLs in your proposal, as they plan the selection process to be completely anonymous.

Tickets

Tickets are € 80 (including 19% German VAT) for the conference day. With this, coffee, tea, softdrinks and some small snacks throughout the day are included. Lunch i not included, but there will be an extended lunch break, which allows you to get a snack somewhere around. Many options are in walking distance.

Next to the regular tickets Joschi and Stefan offer diversity supporter tickets for € 120 – or more if you feel you want to support this with a bit more money. Each supporter ticket will unlock an additional scholarship/diversity ticket for someone else.

What Are the Diversity/Scholarship Tickets About?

Surely Joschi and Stefan want the event to be as accessible and welcoming as possible — for everyone. Hence the ticket price of just €80. Additionally, they are giving out free scholarship/diversity tickets and strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in tech to apply. This includes – but is by far not limited to – women-identifying persons, people of color, LGBTQIA people, people with physical and mental disabilities, people facing economic and/or political hardships. To apply for a scholarship/diversity ticket, please send a brief informal email to hello@a11y-club.org and let them know why you want to be part of the show.

More Information and Updates

For more information, like where it happens, and to keep yourself up to date, visit the website of the Accessibility Club Conference.

See you there!