2nd Pan-European AEGIS Workshop/User Forum, 6 October 2010, Seville, Spain

We would like to kindly invite you to the 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum and the 1st International AEGIS Conference entitled “Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective” which will take place in Seville, Spain on 6 and 7-8 October 2010 respectively. All events are organised by the AEGIS IP initiative (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards), partially funded under FP7 (Theme: ICT‐2007.7.1; ICT & Ageing).

The Workshop/User Forum aims to bring together end-users and experts in the field of assistive technologies, from both the OSS community as well as the proprietary one, that focus on the accessibility of desktop, web and mobile applications. During the workshop the project will present the tools developed so far, and will stimulate discussions between both end-users and application developers vis-à-vis the project’s outcomes so far. The outcomes will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Participation to the workshop will be free of charge.

Detailed info and registration about the Workshop and User forum is available through www.aegis-conference.eu.

1st International Aegis Conference announcement banner and link to conference website

First AEGIS User Forum and Workshop, 4-5 June, Slough, United Kingdom

Through its pan-European User Forum and Workshops, AEGIS aims to place users and their needs at the centre of all its ICT developments. This is why we are inviting end-users of assistive technology (related to usage on PC, mobiles and the internet) to these events.

AEGIS first pan-European User Forum and Workshop took place on 4-5 June 2009 at Research In Motion UK Ltd, Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom. Key stakeholders from relevant areas were invited (such as end users' representatives and organisations, EC representatives, technologies developers, etc.). This workshop therefore was an excellent chance to meet experts from relevant fields.

User Forum

ÆGIS User Forum & WorkshopOn 4th of June, the AEGIS project organised in Slough (UK) the 1st Pan-European User Forum. The event gathered a total of 64 individuals, 36 of which were external to the project, and represented end-users (including people with mobility, vision and hearing impairments), experts, stakeholders, researchers and the industry.
The User Forum kicked off with the presentation by the Project Coordinator, Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris from CERTH-HIT providing an overview of the AEGIS project. This presentation clarified to the audience what the project will be doing, but also provided a first chance to get feedback from the participants, and potentially have their suggestions incorporated into the project. During this presentation, emphasis was also placed on the fact that the project has planned 4 pilots in Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the UK, but we are also interested in attracting additional users from these and also other countries where possible and feasible. trials and mock-ups.
After this first overview of the project, a technical presentation followed, including demos, by the Technical Manager, Peter Korn from SUN Microsystems, Inc. The focus here was especially on the the urgency of accessibility in ICT. To better position AEGIS, an overview of the 3 generations of assistive technology was provided.
This session generated quite a few questions from the audience.
After this rather technical part, an interactive session took place, presenting the use cases and scenarios developed by the project. This session was headed by Edward Chandler - RNIB and Karel Van Isacker - EPR. The presentations addressed all application areas (desktop, RIA and mobile), starting with introducing relevant personas that triggered challenges from the participants, then introducing the project's approach towards the application areas, concluding with a discussion among the participants.
The User Forum was a success and brought together a wide range of stakeholders from many countries. The feedback received showed that the project's aims and objectives meet those expected by the people in the disability field. The comments received will be taken on board by the project, thus supporting the user centred design approach applied throughout the project.

Download ID5.3.1: User forum meetings proceedings (Report).

The agenda of the User Forum was as following:

Time

Topic

Speaker

14.00-14.15
AEGIS project at a glance
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) (download the ppt in pdf format)
14.15-14.30
AEGIS technical presentation
Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems) (download the ppt in pdf format)
14.30-15.30
Demos
Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems)
15.30-18.00
Interactive (via discussion) generic use case user scenario presentation – with breaks
Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR); Mr. Edward Chandler / Ms. Sally Cain (RNIB) (download the ppt in pdf format)
18.00-18.30
Discussion and conclusion
Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR); Mr. Edward Chandler / Ms. Sally Cain (RNIB)

The Workshop

On 5th of June, AEGIS project organised in Slough (UK) the 1st Pan-European Workshop. The event gathered a total of 88 individuals, 55 of which were external to the project, and represented end-users (including people with vision, hearing and mobility impairments), experts, stakeholders, researchers and the industry.
Many interesting speeches were given by speakers including Mr. Bow Crow from RIM (Vice President of Industrial Government & University Relations), who emphasised RIM's Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy activities, Mr. Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho (European Commission, ICT for Inclusion, Information Society & Media Directorate General), who presented the EU policies on eInclusion, Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden (Trace Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison), who gave a very interesting presentation on accessibility overall and the “Raising the Floor” (RtF) initiative and many other interesting speakers. The workshop was finalised with an open discussion among all participants.
Like the user forum of the previous day, The workshop was a success and brought together a wide range of stakeholders from many countries. The feedback received showed that the project's aims and objectives meet those expected by the people in the disability field. The comments received will be taken on-board by the project, thus supporting the user centred design approach applied throughout the project.

Download ID1.1.2 Minutes of Pan-European workshop (Report).

The agenda of the Workshop was as following:

Time

Topic

Speaker

08.30-09.00
Registration
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09.00-09.10
Welcome and Aim of the Day
Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR) (download the ppt in pdf format)
09.10-09.35
EU Policies on eINCLUSION
Mr. Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho (European Commission, ICT for Inclusion, Information Society & Media Directorate General) (download the ppt in pdf format)
09.35-09.50
AEGIS at a Glance
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) (download the ppt in pdf format)
09.50-10.10
First feedback as collected during user forum
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT), Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR) (download the ppt in pdf format)
10.10-10.40
Demos and Technical Overview
Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems) (download the ppt in pdf format)
10.40-11.00
Coffee Break
-
11.00-12.30
AEGIS Draft Use Cases and discussion
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) (download the ppt in pdf format)
12.30-14.00
Lunch
- - -
14.00-14.30
Standards for content (and content interoperability) in the field of eInclusion - and beyond
Dr. Christian Galinski (Infoterm) (download the ppt in pdf format)
14.30 – 15.00
Accessibility overall
Ph.D. Gregg C. Vanderheiden (Trace R&D Center University of Wisconsin - Madison) (download the ppt in pdf format)
15.00 - 15.30
Coffee break
-
15.30 – 15.45
Kick off of Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG)
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) (download the ppt in pdf format)
15.45 – 16.30
Round table
Moderated by Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) and Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems)
16.30 – 17.00
Conclusions
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