Update from SXSW Interactive


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This is a short update from our team who is currently at SXSW Interactive in Austin.

SXSW is full of events, keynotes and sessions. Some of the most interesting sessions have been the ‘’(re)Make The World: Designing for Disability’’ and the ‘’Accessible Design Thinking’’ by IBM.

The (re)make the World, explored ways to foster innovation and the maker movement in order to develop assistive technologies. The panel had representatives from the Tech Programme of Google.org, MassChallenge Israel, the California Foundation For Independent Living Centers and TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers). TOM global network is of special interest to us and we plan to work together in the future. It brings technology experts together with people with disabilities in order to create solutions for their challenges. We would like to organise the official makeathon in London and TOM were very excited about this collaboration.

At the other workshop, leading accessibility experts from IBM explored how we can make technology more accessible for people of all abilities. We did very interesting exercises and also connected with a Dutch company that rates how accessible online games are. We recently released the integration of our hardware with HTML5 games and we see a lot of potential in this area, something that IBM also stressed in the presentation.

On the 3rd day Filisia also exhibited at the technology expo. Digital and technology companies from every corner of the world were showcasing cutting edge technologies in the fields of VR, Internet of Things, health and other applications. We got to meet interesting visitors – including some therapists and arranged meetings with representatives from Special Olympics in Texas.
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We will exhibiting again on Tuesday and we’ll post more updates to keep you in the loop.

The Filisia Team

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