ASL & Captioning Playbook
At PyGotham 2019 we provided live captioning and, for the first time, we offered American Sign Language interpretation and did targeted outreach to groups of Deaf programmers. As a result, we had a half-dozen Deaf attendees, and they reported they were able to fully participate in the conference in a way they hadn’t experienced before. I (A. Jesse Jiryu Davis) led our effort to provide ASL and captioning; I hope this recap can serve as a playbook for other conferences.
Captioning and ASL Interpreters
This year, PyGotham will provide both live captioning (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. This ensures our conference is accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing attendees, and brings a bunch of additional benefits:
Talk schedule now available!
The PyGotham 2019 talk schedule is now available. It features three tracks spread across October 4th and 5th.
Talk list now available!
The PyGotham 2019 talk list is now available. It features three tracks spread across October 4th and 5th.
Keynote: Meg Ray
Meg Ray is a freelance educational consultant. She was the founding Teacher in Residence at Cornell Tech were she was responsible for the implementation and design of a coaching program for K-8 CS teachers in New York City schools.
Keynote: Kojo Idrissa
Kojo Idrissa was an accountant who got an MBA and taught at university in two different countries. He’s now a software engineer, international tech conference speaker, DjangoCon US organizer and the DEFNA North American Ambassador (#NorAmGT).
Keynote: Piper Thunstrom
Piper Thunstrom is a web developer currently working as a Software Engineer at GLG. For the past 3 years, she’s been working on ppb, an education focused game library.
You may have noticed that PyGotham’s call for proposals site looks different this year. That’s Yak-Bak, the new system we’re building to run our call for proposals in its entirety, including accepting proposals, anonymization, public voting and review, and talk selection. We’d love your feedback, and if you organize a conference that shares PyGotham’s CFP goals, we hope this tool will make your proposals process easier all around.
PyGotham 2019 is Six Months Away!
PyGotham is back for 2019.