BIT Accessibility Symposium

Event Details

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About the Event

What: An industry-led symposium focused on accessible design in technology

Where: Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver Marriott West Blvd, Golden, CO 80401

When: Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 8:00am – 4:30pm (breakfast and lunch included)

Why: Learn about accessible design, learn what experts working for industry leading organizations such as Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, Frontier Airlines, and State of Colorado are doing to meet the challenge head-on, and learn how these efforts are important for your company’s bottom line!

Parking and Directions

Directions

From the Airport

  • Hotel direction: 35 miles SW
  • This hotel does not provide shuttle service
  • Driving directions:
    • Take I-70 West to Exit 263. Exit right from the off ramp at the light. Then left at the first light. The hotel is on the left.
  • Alternate transportation: Golden West Airport Shuttle – 303-756-9399; fee: 45 USD (one way); reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 90 USD (one way)

General Driving Directions

Use this link to find directions on Google Maps

Public Transportation (RTD)

Use this link to access the RTD trip planner. The end location is Denver Marriott West, station number 34139.

Registration and Venue Information

Registration

Registration opens at 8:00am. Upon arriving at the Marriott, proceed straight ahead to the Grand Ballroom. You’ll see our registration tables set up, and there will be volunteers ready to assist you as needed.

Opening remarks will begin at 9:00am sharp, so plan to arrive a bit before then in order to get settled!

Note: If you did not pay for your tickets in advance, you may do so on the day of the event. We will have credit card processing available, and will also accept checks. Cash will not be accepted.

Venue Information

  • Internet: Complimentary WiFi is available
  • Meals: A breakfast buffet and lunch buffet will be provided. The hotel also features a bar and dining area for after the event.
  • Power Outlets: There will be fewer power outlets than there are attendees. If you plan on using electronics, please make sure to fully charge batteries before the event!
  • Phone Calls: There are numerous hallways, as well as the hotel lobby, available for phone calls that can’t wait.
  • Accessibility: Service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities. The main entrance, lobby, meeting space, restaurants, and lounges are all accessible.

    Note: There is a convenient side entrance near the ballroom that leads to a green area where service animals can relieve themselves as needed.

Conference Schedule

8:00am – Registration and Snacks

9:00am – Welcome, Opening Remarks
Mike Hess and Ethan Twisdale, BIT

9:10am – Giving Accessibility a Face
Paul Seigneur, Student, Golden High School

9:30am – Tips for Improving Verbalization
Roger Benz, Google

10:00am – Accessible User Experience and Agency Cultures
Theresa Montano and Casey Carlson, State of Colorado

10:30am – Major Patterns for Accessible Drag and Drop
Jesse Hausler, Salesforce

11:30am – Microsoft Accessibility Journey
Erin Williams, Microsoft

12:00pm – Lunch and Keynote Address
Dena Wainwright, Wells Fargo

1:00pm – Accessibility Strikes Back
Anant Mistry, Merkle

2:00pm – Frontier Airlines: Our Adventure in Web Accessibility
Kevin Pennock and David Waidmann, Frontier Airlines

3:00pm – Blind Man Running
The Running Blind Team, University of Denver

3:30pm – Closing Remarks

4:00pm – Complimentary Wine Tasting
Tracy Manning, ONEHOPE Wines

about us footer

The Blind Institute of Technology™ (BIT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to reduce the excessively high unemployment rate among the blind and visually impaired (BVI) community in America.

Led by Executive Director Mike Hess, BIT aims to help solve this unemployment and diversity and inclusion epidemic by educating employers about the advantages of working with talented and skilled BVI individuals, and through professional certification and training, inclusive technology and other programs. Mike left an 18-year career in IT to found BIT in 2013.