Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce our keynote speakers! We will hear talks from leading experts in academia, industry, and policy making:

Luz Rello,
“The story behind Dytective: how we brought research results on dyslexia and accessibility to Spanish public schools”

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In this talk Luz Rello will present the research – and the entrepreneurial journey – behind Dytective conducted at Carnegie Mellon University and licensed to the social company, Change Dyslexia. Dytective is a tool that combines machine learning and computer games to detect risk of dyslexia and ameliorate the symptoms of dyslexia through personalized exercises. It has been used over 325,000 times in the Spanish speaking countries, becoming the most used dyslexia screener online. Recently, this platform has been adopted over 400 Spanish public schools in collaboration Regional Governments.






Julio Abascal, “Web Accessibility and beyond in eGovernment”

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Does Web Accessibility ensure accessibility to Administration’s websites?

The undeniable progress in Web Accessibility can be contrasted with the scant impact on its application to the real Web world. This problem is especially serious when the Web is the only way to obtain specific services. In some countries, fundamental procedures such as interaction with Administration, health services, or banks, can exclusively be accessed through the Web. This issue became even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, when a significant sector of the population that does not have access to the Internet experienced important barriers to manage their situation. In addition to the technical problems, the digital and gender divide, which have a decisive effect on accessibility and condition the exercise of civil rights, are often disregarded by Web Accessibility studies. In this talk we will present our work on the accessibility of Administration’s websites and, in addition, we will discuss the need of considering non-technological accessibility barriers to find ways to alleviate them.






Robin Christopherson, “Out with accessibility – In with inclusive design”

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Globally recognised as a leading expert on accessibility and digital inclusion and himself blind, Robin Christopherson of leading UK tech charity AbilityNet will explore the ‘mental 180’ we all need to undergo when it comes to considering accessibility in this complex hybrid-working world, as well as exploring a more mature approach to embedding accessibility within every aspect of an organization.

Packed with practical illustrations and demos, this talk will include:

  • An overview of key accessibility issues and why accessibility is important
  • Demonstrations of a range of apps and technologies people with disabilities use to embrace the opportunities, and overcome the challenges of hybrid working
  • Using a digital accessibility maturity model to make embedding best practice a more strategic process
  • SCULPTing an approach to inclusion that’s easy to use by all
  • Various illustrations of why, with the advent of mobile computing, accessibility is no longer a specialist requirement