2021 National Coding Symposium – Agenda

May 11-14, 2021

9:00 – 12:00 AM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM (PDT)

12:00 – 3:00 PM and 4:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

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4-Day Overview

(Subject to updates, so please check back occasionally.)

Each block is repeated twice a day, with different Keynotes (8), Presentations (8), Panels (12), and Q&As (6 – Friday only).

TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Keynote 1: Ted Henter, JAWSKeynote 3: Kisiah Timmons, Verizon MediaKeynote 5: Jyotsna Kaki, GoogleKeynote 7: Leonie Watson, TetraLogical
Presentation 1: Coding is accessible for everyone! Glen Gordon JAWS/VisperoPresentation 3: Printf (“Are there prerequisites to learning to code?rn”); That’s not a typo, folks!Presentation 5: The Development of an App Saqib Shaikh, Microsoft/Seeing AIPresentation 7: Coding for K-12 students Sara Larkin and Jennifer Bliss, Iowa Ed. Services
Panel 1: What are Coders and what do they do?Panel 5: What does it take to get a job in coding?Panel 9: How do University programs support accessible coding?Q&A: Meet the Coders and Professionals in the field of coding
Panel 2: If I learn how to code, do I have to be a Programmer?Panel 6: How do I turn a cool tech idea into a business?Panel 10: How do K-12 instructors teach coding?Q&A: Meet the Professionals who get you hired and Entrepreneurs who are today’s change-makers
Q&A: Meet the Instructors teaching code in K-12 and higher education
Coding Camp Info and Scholarship Awards
Keynote 2: Rahma Ali, Fable Tech LabsKeynote 4: Laura Allen, GoogleKeynote 6: Michael Forzano, AmazonKeynote 8: Jennison Asuncion, LinkedIn
Presentation 2: What do the job availability and future of technology employment look like? Dean Hudson, Apple, Inc.Presentation 4: Dealing with the inaccessible Sina BahramPresentation 6: Learning to Code; It’s not just for Programmers Greg Stilson, APHPresentation 8: Learning to code, with or without school Chancey Fleet, New York Public Library
Panel 3: What does it take to get a job in coding?Panel 7: How do University programs support accessible coding?Panel 11: What are Coders and what do they do?Q&A: Meet the Coders and Professionals in the field of coding
Panel 4: How do I turn a cool tech idea into a business?Panel 8: How do we teach coding to students with visual impairments?Panel 12: If I learn how to code, do I have to be a Programmer?Q&A: Meet the Professionals who get you hired and Entrepreneurs who are today’s change-makers
Q&A: Meet the Instructors teaching code in K-12 and higher education
Coding Camp Info and Scholarship Awards

Daily Schedule

(Subject to updates, so please check back occasionally.)

Tuesday

TimeSessionSpeaker
PDT 9:00-9:20 a.m.
EDT 12:00-12:20 p.m.
KeynoteTed Henter, JAWS
PDT 9:20-9:50 a.m.
EDT 12:20-12:50 p.m.
Presentation: Coding is accessible for everyone! Glen Gordon, JAWS/Vispero
10 minutesBreak
PDT 10:00-10:50 a.m.
EDT 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Panel: What are Coders and what do they do?Moderator: Steve Clower, Desmos
Josh Miele, Amazon/Smith Kettlewell
Rahma Ali, Fable Tech Labs
Ken Perry, APH
10 minutesBreak
PDT 11:00-11:50 a.m.
EDT 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Panel: If I learn how to code, do I have to be a Programmer?Moderator: Steve Clower, Desmos
Joe Hodge, APH
Peter Tucic, HumanWare
Ka Li, Fable Tech Labs
1 hour – 10 minutesBreak
PDT 1:00-1:20 p.m.
EDT 4:00-4:20 p.m.
KeynoteRahma Ali, Fable Tech Labs
PDT 1:20-1:50 p.m.
EDT 4:20-4:50 p.m.
Presentation: What do the job availability and future of technology employment look like?Dean Hudson, Apple, Inc.
10 minutesBreak
PDT 2:00-2:50 p.m.
EDT 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Panel: What does it take to get a job in coding?Moderator:
Matthew Ballinger, Oregon Commission for the Blind
Carl Wise, Vispero
10 minutesBreak
PDT 3:00-3:50 p.m.
EDT 6:00-6:50 p.m.
Panel: How do I turn a cool tech idea into a business?
Moderator: Mike May, Good Maps/Sendaro
Dave Pinto, The Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB)
John Gardner Sr., ViewPlus
Joe Jorgenson, Accessibyte

Wednesday

TimeSessionSpeaker
PDT 9:00-9:20 a.m.
EDT 12:00-12:20 p.m.
KeynoteKisiah Timmons, Verizon Media
PDT 9:20-9:50 a.m.
EDT 12:20-12:50 p.m.
Presentation: Printf (“Are there prerequisites to learning to code?rn”); That’s not a typo, folks!Ken Perry, APH
10 minutesBreak
PDT 10:00-10:50 a.m.
EDT 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Panel: What does it take to get a job in coding?Moderator:
Enjie Hall, University of Toledo
Heather Kennedy-MacKenzie, APH
Mike Hess, Blind Institute of Technology
10 minutesBreak
PDT 11:00-11:50 a.m.
EDT 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Panel: How do I turn a cool tech idea into a business?Moderator: Alex Russamanno, New Haptics
Bill McCann, Dancing Dots
Hans Jorgen, Be My Eyes
Tom Pey, WayMap
1 hour – 10 minutesBreak
PDT 1:00-1:20 p.m.
EDT 4:00-4:20 p.m.
KeynoteLaura Allen, Google
PDT 1:20-1:50 p.m.
EDT 4:20-4:50 p.m.
Presentation: Dealing with the inaccessibleSina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting
10 minutesBreak
PDT 2:00-2:50 p.m.
EDT 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Panel: How do University programs support accessible coding?Moderator:
Andy Stefik, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Richard Ladner, University of Washington
10 minutesBreak
PDT 3:00-3:50 p.m.
EDT 6:00-6:50 p.m.
Panel: How do we teach coding to students with visual impairments?Moderator:
Vanessa Herndon, CSB
Amanda Rodda, Washington State School for the Blind

Thursday

TimeSessionSpeaker
PDT 9:00-9:20 a.m.
EDT 12:00-12:20 p.m.
KeynoteJyotsna Kaki, Google
PDT 9:20-9:50 a.m.
EDT 12:20-12:50 p.m.
Presentation: The development of an AppSaqib Shaikh, Microsoft/Seeing AI
10 minutesBreak
PDT 10:00-10:50 a.m.
EDT 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Panel: How do University programs support accessible coding?Moderator: Sile O’Modhrain, University of Michigan
Laura Milne, Macalester College
10 minutesBreak
PDT 11:00-11:50 a.m.
EDT 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Panel: How do we teach coding to students with visual impairments? Moderator:
Jennifer Bliss, Iowa Ed. Services
Gina Fugate, Maryland School for the Blind
1 hour – 10 minutesBreak
PDT 1:00-1:20 p.m.
EDT 4:00-4:20 p.m.
KeynoteMichael Forzano, Amazon
PDT 1:20-1:50 p.m.
EDT 4:20-4:50 p.m.
Presentation: Learning to Code; It’s not just for ProgrammersGreg Stilson, APH
10 minutesBreak
PDT 2:00-2:50 p.m.
EDT 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Panel: What are Coders and what do they do?Moderator: Ed Scott, Good Maps
Michael Forzano, Amazon
Lucas Radaelli, Google
Austin Seraphin, Accessibility Consultant
10 minutesBreak
PDT 3:00-3:50 p.m.
EDT 6:00-6:50 p.m.
Panel: If I Learn how to Code, do I have to be a Programmer?Moderator: Peter Torpey, Xerox/Eyes on Success
Greg Stilson, APH
Darryl Adams, Intel,
Brian Burrow, ViaNet Communications/NFB

Friday

TimeSessionSpeaker
PDT 9:00-9:20 a.m.
EDT 12:00-12:20 p.m.
KeynoteLeonie Watson, TetraLogical
PDT 9:20-9:50 a.m.
EDT 12:20-12:50 p.m.
Presentation: Coding for K-12 studentsSara Larkin and Jennifer Bliss, Iowa Ed. Services
10 minutesBreak
PDT 10:00-10:30 a.m.
EDT 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Q&A: Meet the Coders and Professionals in the field of codingKisiah Timmons, Verizon Media
Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting
Ken Perry, APH
5 minutesBreak
PDT 10:35-11:05 a.m.
EDT 1:35-2:05 p.m.
Q&A: Meet the Professionals who get you hired and Entrepreneurs who are today’s change-makersSina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting
10 minutesBreak
PDT 11:15-11:45 p.m.
EDT 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Q&A: Meet the Instructors teaching code in K-12 and higher education
PDT 11:45-12:00 p.m.
EDT 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Coding Camp and Scholarship AwardsAdrian Amandi, CSB
1 hourBreak
PDT 1:00-1:20 p.m.
EDT 4:00-4:20 p.m.
KeynoteJennison Asuncion, LinkedIn
PDT 1:20-1:50 p.m.
EDT 4:20-4:50 p.m.
Presentation: Learning to code, with or without schoolChancey Fleet, New York Public Library
10 minutesBreak
PDT 2:00-2:30 p.m.
EDT 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Q&A: Meet the Coders and Professionals in the field of coding
5 minutesBreak
PDT 2:35-3:05 a.m.
EDT 5:35-6:05 p.m.
Q&A: Meet the Professionals who get you hired and Entrepreneurs who are today’s change-makers
10 minutes5 minutes
PDT 3:15-3:45 p.m.
EDT 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Q&A: Meet the Instructors teaching code in K-12 and higher education
PDT 3:45-4:00 p.m.
EDT 6:45-7:00 p.m.
Coding Camp and Scholarship AwardsAdrian Amandi, CSB