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Tuesday, June 8 • 17:30 - 18:20
Making Life Better with Software

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Software improves my life. I'll talk about how I designed software for my own needs and how this can be generalized to designing software for users who have needs outside the mainstream. I'll talk about how I designed software to meet my needs in this talk, showing the iterative process I used.

Imagine writing software that helps people participate in the world! How do you avoid building systems for people as you think they are, rather than people as they actually are? I'll examine assistive and accessible technology I use, and how the software (most of which was created by myself) was designed. Throughout the presentation, while some Raku will be demonstrated, the presentation will be accessible to people who code in any language, with a focus on the process used to define requirements and design the various tools I use. Throughout, I'll also examine mistakes commonly made by technologists when designing accessible or assistive technology, and how you can avoid those mistakes in your own work.

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Joelle Maslak

Network Engineer, Netflix
I have worked professionally in the network space over a quarter century and am also a CPAN contributor, in both Perl and Raku. I currently work as a Senior Network Engineer. During my career, I've worked for a top-tier CDN, state government, and numerous enterprises as a network... Read More →

Tuesday June 8, 2021 17:30 - 18:20 EDT
Zoom Room 2