Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

Posted on Mar 2, 2013
Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

If you’re one of approximately 25,000 interactive professionals who annually descend upon Austin for SXSW, this year I’ll be joining you. My presentation will explore “bootstrapping” topics related to my upcoming book Digital Outcasts. Official description as follows:

The term “outcast” covers numerous demographic categories. It can represent the 54 million Americans currently living with a disability. It can refer to patients who live in isolation during long-term rehabilitation. It describes those living in economically disenfranchised neighborhoods. And it covers anyone who relies on a product or service for basic life functions, but are prevented access by poor design. This presentation will detail real world case studies of digital outcasts – members of disenfranchised populations who transformed their communities through a “grass roots” approach to technological innovation.

Below are a couple of slides to give you a sense of the presentation — expect a few surprises! I’ll be discussing (in no particular order): aging rock musicians, primitive housing in Asia, why it’s easier to jump out of a spaceship than make an accessible website, health literacy for outcasts, the difficulties of buying vegetables in the city, and why a robot nurse may one day wipe your backside.

slides from SXSW panel

The session takes place on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 PM and is located at the Austin Convention Center. Looking forward to seeing folks there.

Update: Sara Peralta of SXTXState listed “Digital Outcasts” as one of the Top 5 Picks for community activism. Thanks, Sara!