Conferences and Events Highlights: February 2014 – Part 2

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From supporting human rights groups to advancing math accessibility, our staff is busy this month! Following up on Part 1 of this post, in Part 2 below check out what else our team members have been up to this February:

Announcing MathML Cloud at EDUPUB2 Workshop on Digital Publishing for Education

Our VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel spoke on a panel discussing accessibility standards at the EDUPUB2 Workshop on Digital Publishing for Education.

Hosted by the IMS Global Learning Consortium with organizational co-sponsors IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) and W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), this two-day event, held on February 12-13 in Salt Lake City, brought together major players of the global K-20 education segment to help advance the effective adoption and use of e-textbooks and other digital materials via technical standards.

Accessibility was one of the workshop’s themes, and Gerardo spoke as part of the EDUPUB accessibility recommendation expert panel on next steps and challenges for accessibility of digital learning resources. Our efforts to advance accessibility standards are part of what we do under our Global Literacy initiatives, specifically the DIAGRAM Center and Born Accessible. Gerardo presented our newest Born Accessible project to make math accessible: MathML Cloud, a new tool that will help content creators and technology developers deliver accessible math. You can watch Gerardo’s presentation on SlideShare.

The EDUPUB2 Workshop follows on the heels of the first Workshop, which was held in October 2013 in Boston.

Looking Ahead: Lesbians Who Tech Summit

Our Human Rights team will be heading at the end of the month to the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco—a unique technology conference highlighting incredible queer women who are the next generation of technical leaders as well as the people who have paved the way for them.

The fact that we are a technology company working in the field of global human rights, including with LGBTI rights organizations, puts us in a unique position at this Summit. We are looking forward to meeting new folks working in all of these areas and to spreading the word about the efforts of our LGBTI partners that we support.