Techshare Europe 2016

RNIB Connect Radio was live from Europe’s leading accessible technology conference, learning about the latest developments and cutting edge innovations in technology for blind and partially sighted people.

Techshare Europe 2016 took place in the Glasgow Science Centre on the 15th and 16th of September, and we spoke to many of the people taking part.

Listen to interviews in the AudioBoom player below, or skip through to hear the keynote speeches.


Techshare Europe 2016: Smart Accessible Technology for Work, Rest and Play

Day 1: Thursday 15 September 

Session 1: Smart Technology for Education. Chair: Campbell Chalmers, Director, RNIB Scotland. Listen here

Key note address – O2 Maximising access to content through connectivity for education and leisure. Peter Asman, Head of ICT and Regulated Markets, O2 and Emma House, Director for Publisher Relations, The Publishers Association and Charlie Redmayne, CEO Harper Collins Publishing. Listen here

Giving Independence: OrCam - An Intuitive Wearable Assistive Device. Eliav Rodman, Director of Marketing, OrCam. Listen here

Transforming Braille: The Affordable Electronic Braille Display. Neil Heslop, RNIB and Orbit Technologies. Listen here

Technology and Mental Health: Staying Happy and Healthy with Smart Devices, Amanda Hawkins, Lead for Counselling – RNIB Group, and Robin Spinks, Senior Strategy Manager RNIB. Listen here

Session 2: Accessibility in Entertainment. Chair: Eleanor Southwood, Vice Chair, RNIB

Accessible Televisions in the Shops in 2016: Richard Moreton, Chief Innovation Officer, Samsung Electronics. Listen here

Accessibility: Baking it in as Part of the Fabric of Products. Gareth Ford Williams, Head of Accessibility, BBC. Listen here

Creating an Inclusive Experience for all Viewers: Live Audio Description and Integrated Audio Description for broadcast television. John Melville, VP Programming and Production, Accessible Media Inc. Listen here

TechShare Fireside Chat Autonomous Vehicles: Impact and Opportunity. Listen here

Day 2: Friday 16 September

Session 3: Augmented reality in work, rest and play. Chair: Robin Spinks, RNIB

Augmented Reality and RNIB Smartglasses. Dr Rakesh Roshan, Chief Executive Officer OxSight Limited. Listen here

Session 4: Intelligent Mobility. Chair: Aaron McHale, Haggeye

Transport Systems Catapult and the use of Virtual Reality as an Enabler for Understanding. Jamie Chan-Pensley Principal Technologist, and Martin Pett, Principal Technologist, Alan Nettleton, Senior Technologist, Transport Systems Catapult and John Worsfold, RNIB. Listen here

Audazzle and the Role of Accessible Gaming. Selwyn Lloyd, Co-founder of Audazzle Lowering Barriers, Improving Access. How technology can make transport more accessible. Listen here

Including You - Addressing the challenges faced when solutions aren’t based on an understanding of the needs of the user. Gavin Neate, Neatebox. Listen here

Lowering Barriers, Improving Access. How technology can make transport more accessible. Alan Clarke, Public Policy, Uber. Listen here

Tomorrow's World for the 21st Century. Ann Davidson, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, and student presentations. Listen here

Session 5: Technology and the Family. Chair: Sandra Wilson Chair, RNIB Scotland

Gadget Mum: Blind-friendly pregnancy and parenting hacks. Emma Tracey, Broadcast Journalist, BBC Ouch. Listen here

Accessible Smart Meters: Universal Design in Action. Paul Coyle, Energy UK Accessible IHD Project Manager and Jason Stevens, Energy UK Smart Metering Project Team, Energy UK. Listen here