» Tuesday 19th of May, 14:45-15:30

Wear for All: Improving Accessibility with Wearables

As devices are getting smaller, more and more of them become “wearable”: smart glasses, smart watches, and smart clothing are all working their way into our lives and onto our bodies. These devices are online, web-accessible, and increasingly interconnected. As with many technologies that have come before, wearable devices present incredible opportunities for improving accessibility for people with and without disabilities. The topic of the joint WWW/W4A panel will be to discuss both the challenges and the opportunities presented by wearable technologies.

Distinguished Panelists:

  • Eve Andersson, Manager, Accessibility Engineering (Google, USA);
  • Ted Drake, Special Needs and Abilities Network – Global co-founder and chair (Intuit, USA);
  • Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB, UK);
  • Prof. Sang-Mook Lee, Director, Center for Quality of Life Technology (Ministry of Knowledge, South Korea).

The Wearable Web

May 18-20, 2015 - Florence, Italy

Important dates
» March 4 — notifications
» March 13 — camera ready deadline
» April 1 — early registration ends


Intuit will award $2000 and $1000 to the best technical and communication papers

Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the W4A Doctoral Consortium

IBM will provide travel grants to the winners of the PwD Student Award

The Paciello Group will give the Judges' and Delegates' awards to the winners of the Accessibility Challenge

ACM SIGWEB sponsors the after-dinner "William Loughborough" keynote

ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial