UX Book Club & PhillyCHI Present: What We Can Learn From Digital Outcasts

UX Book Club and PhillyCHI present Kel Smith: Digital Outcasts. Kel will be giving a presentation on how we can use technology to help people with disabilities and disadvantages rather than leaving them behind, followed by a Q&A.


As always, you’re not required to read or finish the book to attend. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

About the Presentation

With one in seven people worldwide currently living with a disability, digital outcasts rely on technology for everyday services that many people take for granted. However, poorly designed products risk alienating this important (and growing) population. As a result, people take it upon themselves to develop tech tools in order to sustain their success in life—an approach that can be adopted by small project teams and large corporations alike.

We as a design community have much to learn from digital outcasts. In this presentation, we’ll discover how a “grass roots” approach to innovation allows disenfranchised users to transform their lives and communities. We’ll explore strategic approaches to ensure a more inclusive future. And we’ll gain an appreciation for the methods in which ambient benefit is achieved for people of all abilities and backgrounds.

About Kel Smith

Kel Smith is Principal of Anikto LLC and a longtime author, speaker and practitioner in digital accessibility and e-health. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and his presentation credits span 40 cities in six countries. His client experience includes engagements with Novartis, Kestrel-Boeing, Merck, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Aetna, AXIS Healthcare, Comcast and Quest Diagnostics. He is the author of the book Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind, published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2013.

About our Sponsor, AWeber

AWeber develops and runs an opt-in email marketing service used by over 120,000+ small businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs around the globe. Our web-based tools help businesses grow by staying in touch with customers and prospects through email.

Since Tom Kulzer founded AWeber in 1998, many bright, creative problem-solvers have joined the team in Chalfont, PA.

As we enter our 15th year in business, our talented team continues to expand as we accomplish our mission of building AWesome tools to support our growing base of customers. Driven by that mission, our team uses a set of five core values to guide our decisions and innovation on a daily basis.

About our Host, First Round Capital

First Round Capital is on a mission to find those few that can bend reality and build a new future. Our investment team is always here to help founders. We work side by side with you and help solve unique challenges and offer strategic advice. We to want to be the founder’s first call — literally, day or night – as you raise money and throughout the life of your company.