AbilityNet and RNIB Tech Volunteer Event

An event to celebrate the amazing contribution of our tech volunteers. Around 100 volunteers from across both charities will come together to experience the latest tech and network with each other and representatives from other charities and organisations.

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Event details

On arrival

Morning agenda

Afternoon workshops

Marketplace area

After the event



Event details:

Date: Friday 14th June 2019

Time: arrival from 10:00, start 10:30 and close 16:30

Physical location: IBM Southbank Client Centre

Satellite locations: The satellite events will take place at the RNIB offices in the following three locations. The morning presentations in London will be streamed live to your venues. In the afternoon you will have your own workshop agendas.

Edinburgh: 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA

Belfast: Victoria House, 15 - 17 Gloucester Street, Belfast, BT1 4LS

Cardiff: Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR

Dress code: smart casual

Accessibility needs: If you have not already let the organisers know about your accessibility requirements please email sarah.brain@abilitynet.org.uk

If you have any questions please email: sarah.brain@abilitynet.org.uk

If you can no longer attend, please go to the EventBrite site and unregister.

On arrival:

On arrival please report to the main IBM reception, you will need to show some form of photo ID e.g. passport, driving license, or other photo ID - this is an IBM centre entry requirement. You will then be shown through to the Client Centre. You will then need to check-in to the event at the desk, collecting your name badge and allocated work shop group. Here you can also get a wi-fi access code.

Morning agenda:

Arrival from 10:00

10:30-10:50 - Welcome from Gary Moore (CEO AbilityNet) and Gary Brunskill (Specialist Lead for Assistive Technology and Digital Inclusion at RNIB)

10:50-11:20 - Microsoft presentation – "Volunteering towards a Digitally-Inclusive Society" - Michael Vermeersch (Digital Inclusion Lead at Microsoft)

11:20-11:40 - No Isolation presentation - “Reducing loneliness and social isolation through warm technology” – Harriet Gridley

11:40-11:50 - Dolphin product tour – Noel Duffy from Dolphin

11:50-12:15 - Q&A panel with all the morning presenters

12:15-13:15 - Lunch

If you have any questions before the event for the Q&A panel please email sarah.brain@abilitynet.org.uk. You will also be able to ask questions on the day.

Afternoon workshops:

When you check in you will be given a coloured sticker on you badge to indicate the workshop group you are in. You will rotate round three 50 minute workshops, please see below for details for your group. Please help yourself to afternoon tea in between these sessions and head back to the main room at 4:15pm

BLUE group – leader Holly Rushton

  1. Tech in Action (Fleming – main room) 13:15
  2. “Oh Appy Days” (Wilberforce room) 14:15
  3. Amazon Echo RNIB skill (Fry room) 15:15

RED Group – leader Tim Sturges

  1. “Oh Appy Days” (Wilberforce room) 13:15
  2. Amazon Echo RNIB skill (Fry room) 14:15
  3. Tech in Action (Fleming – main room) 15:15

GREEN Group - leader Amy Low

  1. Amazon Echo RNIB skill (Fry room) 13:15
  2. Tech in Action (Fleming – main room) 14:15
  3. “Oh Appy Days” (Wilberforce room) 15:15

Marketplace area: 

During the day please visit our marketplace area where you can meet and chat with representatives from other charities and organisations:

  • Age UK
  • Stroke Association
  • Blind Veterans
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Dolphin
  • No Isolation

AbilityNet and RNIB will also have stands where you can get hands on with some tech and chat to the staff.

After the event:

We hope you enjoy the event. If you have a few moments to fill in our short feedback questionnaire it will help us build better events in the future.


RNIB - please claim your expenses via Topaz in the normal way you usually would when volunteering.

AbilityNet – please claim in the normal way by completing the expense form, attaching any receipts.

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