Web4All 2021 Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers, whose work in times of crisis is making a huge impact for all:

Ellie Kemp: Language and language Technology

Ellie KempKemp is Head of Crisis Response at Translators without Borders

When a humanitarian emergency happens, remote language support and language technology are critical to help affected people make themselves heard and get the information they need. What has Translators without Borders (TWB) learned so far from addressing language barriers in emergencies, and what needs to happen now?

Jeremy Johnstone: Crisis and Technology

Jeremy JohnstoneJohnston is a co-founder of Random Hacks of Kindness and Crisis Camp.

Explore the process of technology solutions during a crisis. Learn how global engineers can work with local leaders to build solutions quickly, while also creating universal solutions for the next community.

Mike Paciello: The Gift and Undying Legacy of Web Accessibility

Mike PacielloMike Paciello has been a pioneer and influential figure in the accessibility industry for more than three decades. He wrote the first book on web accessibility and usability (Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities), and has since achieved many notable milestones.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word Legacy as “…a gift … often a substantial gift … something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past…” And so it was that nearly 25 years ago, at the 6th International WWW conference in Santa Clara, California, USA, the W3C bequeathed to all of us, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The conference theme was “Everyone – Everything – Connected”.

This keynote’s namesake, Bill Loughborough — a legacy in his own right — believed the WAI was a critical milestone toward achieving ‘Everyone – Everything – Connected’, particularly for people with disabilities. Is the WAI really a gift? Is Web Accessibility truly a substantial gift with a legacy? More importantly, if it is a gift, what are we — YOU — doing to express appreciation for that gift? Are you perpetuating the undying legacy of Web Accessibility?