[games_access] Game Accessibility Conference

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Mon May 21 19:47:39 EDT 2007


I think that's a smart idea -- targeting 2008 as the year for a
conference that focuses on a MUCH larger audience that we could
advert at GDC 2008 in February is a better way to go. And Barrie -- I
hear you about demo-ing equipment. As Dimitris and Richard can
attest, that was a LOT of stuff to haul to and from the GDC every day
(they wouldn't let us store it there overnight and we had to re-set
up every morning)...and then I think I almost died bringing it from
Illinois to California!! I know a lot of us have been getting stuff
from your shop --- perhaps if it wasn't in London we could think
about sharing the load a bit to avoid, uh, hernias. :)

Yes, we do have a lot of stuff to show and we have a lot of things
coming up to show them at like HCII in China (which has resulted in
one of us (me) having serious visa issues...), FuturePlay in Toronto,
and GDC in San Francisco.

I'm really hoping we can figure out a way to do another workshop at
GDC (that attendance at GDC 2006 reallllllly killed us!) that can
serve as a way to combine and show off all these things. But right
now I'm working on the expo booth so that we can have a set up every
day that we take turns showing off stuff at but it would also be nice
to at least have a half-day workshop if not a full-day workshop.

Michelle


>I agree with, Thomas - 2008 sounds better to me too. And of course,

>London sounds great by me(!). It would make life easier for me to

>bring and demonstrate a lot more equipment if it was here. I don't

>wish to seem selfish though, so happy to hear alternative thoughts...

>

>Just thinking - we do have a lot of new stuff to show off from the

>IGDA GASIG even without the book being ready (Game Over!, Help You

>Play, Special Effect, Game Accessibility Shop with new stuff in such

>as Geoff Harbach's fully compatible PS2 switch interface and so

>on)...

>

>Barrie

><http://www.OneSwitch.org.uk>www.OneSwitch.org.uk

>

>

>

>----- Original Message -----

>From: <mailto:thomas at pininteractive.com>Thomas Westin

>To: <mailto:games_access at igda.org>IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

>Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 4:56 PM

>Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility Conference

>

>Hi

>

>>

>So I've mentioned this before but we should probably start

>discussing it for real. The IGDA would like to support our efforts

>in creating a one-day conference on Game Accessibility. Now this

>could be something attached to another conference (like GDC) or on

>it's own as a "summit" at a time where we aren't so frazzled from

>GDC.

>

>

>

>Great news!

>

>it might be wise to not having it during GDC where visitors are

>distracted by so many other events

>

>Perhaps a European conference? Amsterdam, Athens, London or

>Stockholm are locations / countries where the SIG is already

>represented in some way (did I forget anyone?)

>

> I think London would be best from a strategic point-of-view as UK

>has a lot of game developers and London is more accessible (in

>flight terms) than Stockholm.

>

>>This is one of the things I'll be bringing up at the online

>>meetings this week so I'd appreciate ideas for location, dates, how

>>wide we cast the net (ie, do we personally court a person from

>>every major game company we can to attend), do we want it to be

>>small the first year and then cast the net wider the next year?

>>

>

>Dates: just make sure it doesn't be in conflict with other major

>events such as all the GDCs, SGS, E for All, Nordic Game etc. For

>some of the upcoming events check

><http://gamasutra.com/php-bin/calendar.php>http://gamasutra.com/php-bin/calendar.php

>

>Personally I'd prefer if we can have it after we have the book

>ready; until then I think we (at least II) have too much too think

>of to focus on running a conference. Perhaps in May 2008?

>

>By the way, I'll probably present at Dreamhack in June, the world's

>largets LAN. 10.000 game crazy kids gather from all over...

>Statistically some of should have on or another disability so I'll

>make sure they hear about us.

>www.dreamhack.se

>

>>What are your thoughts? Basically the IGDA now has a group that

>>does conference/summit set ups for us so we tell them what we want

>>and they deal with the registration, hotel block reservations,

>>venue, some advertising, etc. So that's what make it's a very cool

>>opportunity!

>>

>

>Wow!

>

>/Thomas

>

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