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International TechFest 2019 – The Royal Society for the Blind, Adelaide

14 Jun 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A showcase of the latest, leading edge assistive technology from around the globe, that can assist people who are blind or living with vision loss.

The RSB International TechFest is the largest assistive technology event of its kind in Australia for people who are blind or vision impaired, their families, friends and support persons, as well as business and industry professionals.

This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever! We have an amazing line up of key note speakers including the RSBs Global Ambassador, Brazilian world class blind surfer – Derek Rabelo!

When: Friday 14 June 2019

Time: 9am-4pm

Where: The National Wine Centre, Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, Adelaide


The event will include:

•  Local, national and international thought leaders and expert key note speakers
•  Expo style showcase of global assistive technologies
•  Live assistive technology demonstrations
•  Inspirational speaker, professional blind surfer and RSB International Ambassador – Derek Rabelo
•  Break-out sessions with assistive technology suppliers and experts
•  Performances by the RSBs Ambassador and recording artist – Rachael Leahcar
•  Sensory Kids Zone
•  Wine tastings with braille descriptions


Break Out Sessions
​Please register your attendance below

Title: Braille on display: Making Sense of Today’s Braille Solutions
Time: 9:30am – 10:15am
Venue: Breakout Room A
Speaker: Sam Taylor

Today, there are a wide variety of reading platforms and formats available to those who are blind or who have low vision. iPhones and iPads are fantastic examples of how, through built-in, off-the shelf accessibility such as VoiceOver and Zooms, Apple has managed to empower blind users through the use of mainstream technology.
In many instances however, Braille remains the primary reading/writing method for a person who is blind, which is, arguably, the only way for a blind person to precisely comprehend the written word, either privately or in a group setting.

This session will explain and demonstrate the various braille devices (notetakers and braille displays) available from Pacific Vision, and their relevance in the areas of employment, leisure and study.


Title: How to use Zoom for Accessibility on iPhone and iPad
Time: 9:30am -10:15am
Venue: Breakout Room B
Speaker: Sarah Savage

Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.
Learn how to:
• Enable Zoom
• Enable/disable Follow Focus
• Enable/disable Smart Typing
• Enable/disable the Zoom Controller
• Change Zoom Controller visibility
• Change Zoom Region
• Change the Zoom Filter
• Change the Maximum Zoom Level


Title: Wearable Technology – How Useful has it Become?
Speakers: Trevor Boyd, Vision Technology Specialist, Quantum RLV & Tony Wu, Accredited Orthoptist, DVA and Products Advisor, Vision Australia.
Time: 10:15am – 11am
Venue: Breakout Room A

Introduction: Over the years electronics have moved towards greater independence for print impaired persons (PIPs) and recently there is an increasing focus on those that can be worn and are truly portable and hands free, but just how useful can they be?
Objectives: The aim of this presentation is to provide a general introduction to wearable vision aid technologies and how they need to be matched to the individual’s requirements.
Approach: Vision simulation will be used to demonstrate the limitations and advantages of different classes of wearable vision aids. Products to be demonstrated include IrisVision, OrCam, NuEyes and Aira.
Practice Implications: A general understanding of vision rehabilitation options and matching client’s requirements and abilities can inform best practice service delivery supporting people with a print impairment.
Conclusion: With a growing focus on technologies that are small and provide unencumbered access to printed materials, wearable technology is the way to the future.


Title: Low Vision Solutions from Pacific Vision
Time: 11am- 11:45am
Venue: Breakout Room B
Speaker: Ranjit Jacob

This presentation will be an overview of the Pacific Vision range of low vision range of devices and their specifications and benefits for individuals to maintain their independence and quality of life and achieve their potential in academics, employment, personal development, hobbies, etc.


Title: The Reveal 16i from Humanware
Time: 2pm – 2:45pm
Venue: Breakout Room A
Speaker: Lauren Watkins – Humanware

Reveal 16 is an intuitive, easy to use and foldable digital magnifier that offers an unmatched crisp, and crystal-clear image quality thanks to its 10x optical zoom camera. Designed for seniors and elementary students, it enables you to read documents, textbooks and newspapers as well as to write down notes. Reveal 16 also allows you to view distant objects like an artwork, your own backyard or even the whiteboard.
KEEP IT SIMPLE: With only 4 buttons and a user-friendly interface, it is the simplest magnifying solution on the market!
SEE LIFE IN A BIGGER, BETTER WAY: Reveal 16 will make reading enjoyable again, even for long periods of time, without tiring your eyes thanks to its large 16-inch screen delivering an uncompromised image quality.
SEE FARTHER: Reveal 16 allows you to clearly see objects at distance like an artwork or your grandchild playing with his friends outside. Simply point the camera in the right direction.
MOVE FREELY…REVEAL 16 IS FOLDABLE: Easily stow Reveal 16 when not in use or bring it with you when needed. It is lightweight, takes little space and is easily stored thanks to its ergonomic design.


Title: Moovit, Seeing AI & Be My Eyes. An Overview of 3 Free iPhone Apps that are Great for Vision Impaired Users.
3pm -3:45pm
Venue: Breakout Room A
Speakers: David Beames and Sarah Savage

There are many iPhone apps that are useful for vision impaired users. We are going to give a quick overview and demonstration of three free apps that are popular with our clients

  • Moovit – A mainstream public transport app that is accessible with VoiceOver and has some features that are particularly useful for vision impaired users
  • See AI – An app specifically designed for vision impaired users that has multiple tools such a text to speech readers, a bar code reader and currency recognition.
  • Be My Eyes – Another app specifically designed for vision impaired users that allows the user to access volunteer sighted assistance using the iPhone’s camera.

To register to attend any of the above free break-out sessions please contact the Customer First team on 1300 944 306 or register your interest here > CLICK HERE

Main Stage
​No registration required

Friday 14th May, 2019

Title: Rehabilitation, Disability and Gamification – A Blended Approach to Deliver Impact
Time: 9:30am – 10:15am
Venue: Main Stage
Speaker: Professor David Hobbs

A history of Serious Games (Gamification) with children with CP including as a case study to highlight how technology, design and innovation can deliver positive results.


Title: SAGE Automation
Time: 10:15am – 11am
Venue: Main Stage
Speakers: Damian Hewitt


Title: Accessibility.sa.gov.au – Driving Accessible Digital Platforms For SA
Time: 11am – 11:45am
Venue: Main stage
Speaker: Nick  Condon

The South Australian Government has launched a new online accessibility policy, and online toolkit to assist all South Australian organisations to create more accessible, digital platforms. The policy creation focused on a human centred design approach and broad internal and external consultation. Nick will talk through the policy’s creation and the importance of the state government taking a leadership position in creating a toolkit that was available for the public, private and non-for-profit sectors.


Title: Smart Speakers and Voice Technologies – Removing Barriers for People with Disabilities
Time: 11:45 am – 12:30pm
Venue: Main stage
Speaker: Jarek Beksa

For people who have a print disability (like Arthritis, Dyslexia, Learning difficulties and even paralysis), access to information is severely limited. Only 10% of all printed word in the world is accessible to people with these conditions. Though technology have increased accessibility to content, assistive technologies are usually expensive and could be challenging to learn for certain users. Smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home are hands-free, virtual personal assistants that responds to voice commands and questions. They are an affordable and accessible alternative to smart-phones, tablets, computers and dedicated players. Since interaction occurs through speech, they are also easier to learn and use. This talk will present on the current state of voice technologies and the potential for future developments. Jarek will also present an audiobook streaming service that will enable easier access to content for people with print disabilities, accessibility needs, and beyond.


Title: “The Universe’s the Limit” – Multi Dimensional Access to Science
Time: 1pm -1:45pm
Venue: Main Stage
Speaker: Yuma Decaux

Blind people with the use of one hand are rare and therefore nothing in the world is designed to meet their unique needs. The new maker philosophy takes these real-world problems and works to find and build custom solutions. Working in a collaborative team, the person with the need proposed the problem and works with a maker to build and refine the bespoke solution. The blind user has the use of their left hand only. Braille requires up to six dots to be entered to make up each letter of the alphabet and other written elements. So, with one hand it is necessary to work out the best way to enter all of the required dots. There have been a number of one handed solutions for typing previously ranging from sticky keys, swiping and cording. Our solution is a Perkins style keyboard that has one key representing one dot. This design combines dots 5-6 into one key to enable six dots to be entered with one hand. This enables a blind person to undertake one handed entry of a single braille cell with one key strike where there is a meaningful relationship between the braille cell and inputting method. A series of designs were built and tested, with iterative changes to account for ergonomics and practicality, culminating in a successful final version. The study is an example of how emerging low-cost technologies can be harnessed to create innovative and custom-designed solutions for accessibility.

Due to the vast size of our great state of Queensland, adults with braille music skills are not readily available to provide the required support to students to ensure they have equal opportunities to learn and excel like their sighted peers. Although Statewide Services has worked effortlessly over the last four years to lift the profile of Braille Music and provide transcriptions of class music worksheets, textbooks and instrumental music requirements, the sad reality is that students who receive these resources are often unskilled in how to read their music. The Visiting Teachers assisting these students, Vision Support Teachers, as well as Class and Instrumental Music Teachers, do not have the knowledge, skills or time required to support our braille using music students once they receive the required work.

In an effort to help support both students and teaching staff, Statewide Services conducted Queensland’s first Braille Music Mini Camp in April this year. The expectations of this camp were for students across Queensland to attend with their adult teaching teams in order to build a network of support and develop confidence and skills in reading braille music for all. This presentation will reflect on the successes and challenges of the three day camp in hope of sharing ideas and receiving support for Queensland students in the future.


Title: You Don’t Have to be Able to See to Use an iPhone
Time: 1:45 -2:30pm
Venue: Main Stage
Speakers: Sarah Savage and David Beames

VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that lets you enjoy using iPhone even if you don’t see the screen. With VoiceOver enabled, just triple-click the Home button to access it wherever you are in iOS. You can Hear a description of everything happening.


Title: Artificial Intelligence – How it is Changing Lives
Time: 2:30pm -3:15pm
Venue:  Main Stage
Speaker: Kirk Duncan

“Hey Google, how is artificial intelligence changing our lives?” Have you ever asked a question to ‘Hey Google…’, or Amazon’s Alexa or Siri? Google tells me that “Artificial intelligence has moved from science fiction to science fact.” But what does this actually mean, and more specifically, what benefit will this provide me into the future? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a tool that enables us to totally redefine the boundaries of how we integrate data and human cognitive processes into our everyday lives.

Have you ever considered the future of AI and the potential benefits that may evolve from it? In this short talk, Kirk will look at where AI is now – some of which may already surprise you – and delve into the crystal ball to see where it may take us into the not too distant future.


Shuttles will be available from Knapman House (230 Pirie Street) to The National Wine Centre. To secure your place please contact the Customer First team on 1300 944 306.

Taxi Zone
The taxi drop off area is located in the central carpark via the main entrance on Hackney Road.


​Floor plans of the National Wine Centre are available below. If you would like to obtain copies please contact the Customer First team on 1300 944 306.

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14 Jun 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The National Wine Centre
Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd
Adelaide, South Australia Australia
1300 944 306