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Friday, June 10 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Designing for Inclusivity Panel

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Every time something is designed, there is an opportunity to include or exclude people. Inclusive design takes a human-centered approach, and recognizes that taking the breadth of user diversity—of capabilities, needs and aspirations—into account during design can result in products and programs that include a greater percentage of the population.

As we build products, programs and technology to engage citizens, the goal is to make these available to the broadest audience possible.  That audience includes people with disabilities, as well as people of different ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, and levels of English proficiency.

Join us for a panel discussion on inclusive design where we will address the following questions:

  • What principles do we consider in designing for inclusivity?
  • How do inclusive design and universal design intersect?
  • Does inclusive design mean something different for different types of organizations – museums, government entities, corporations, non-profits?
  • What role can technology play in inclusive design, if any?
Invited panelists include:
  • Ben Wilson, VP of Interactive Design at the Museum of Science (invited)
  • Laura Greer-Cowan, Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Harlan Weber, GovNext at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Lauren Lockwood, City of Boston
  • Mary Martin, Olin College
Moderator: Cathy Wissink, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft

Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/22D8gVL 

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Cathy Wissink

‎Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft


Laura Greer-Cowan

Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft
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Lauren Lockwood

‎Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston
https://pilot.boston.gov/ and also http://next.boston.gov/
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Mary Martin

Student, Olin College
I'm a rising junior at Olin College where I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have spent a large portion of my time at Olin working in the disability and accessibility design space with Professor Sara Hendren. I hope to continue working in this area of design in the future... Read More →
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Harlan Weber

Director of Design & Service Innovation, Commonwealth of MA & Code for Boston
I'm the Director of Design & Service Innovation for the Mass Digital Service at MassIT, the state IT department. I'm also the founder and lead organizer of Code for Boston, the local Code for America civic technology volunteer group.

Ben Wilson

VP of Interactive Design at the Museum of Science

Friday June 10, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center