AbilityNet and RNIB to hold joint tech volunteers day at IBM in London

Together with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) we are holding an event for tech volunteers at IBM Southbank in London on Friday 01 June, the start of Volunteers Week. Around 50 tech volunteers from each charity will attend the day, which is all about celebrating the great work they do.

What’s happening on the day?

In the morning we have presentations from industry experts including Robin Christopherson MBE, AbilityNet’s Head of Digital Inclusion, and Robin Spinks RNIB’s Innovation and Technology Relationships Manager.  

Following this Orcam will be demonstrating how technology is advancing to help blind and partially sighted people, using their latest intuitive smart camera that fits on eyeglasses, you will be also be able to trial this later in the day.

To end the morning session there will be an interactive Q&A session with representatives from AbilityNet, RNIB and our guest speaker from Amazon, Mark Wood. During the afternoon we will break into smaller groups to take part in some interactive workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Disability Awareness training from Enhance the UK, a charity run by disabled people which offers interactive training sessions that challenge the attitudes and perceptions of disability. 
  • Workshop 2: Using everyday accessible tech to make life easier (apps/software). 
  • Workshop 3: Guest speakers from Amazon will be demonstrating the Echo and its uses as well as answering your techie questions.

We'll end the day with some afternoon tea and the chance to chat to our marketplace exhibitors who are on hand to answer your questions. They include Hands free Computing, Stroke Association and Family Fund.

We're delighted to say that this is event is already fully booked! If you'd like to find out more about the types of support our volunteers provide, you can read our IT Support At Home page

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Our UK-wide team of wonderful volunteers provide one-to-one IT and technology support to older people and disabled people of all ages through home visits and remote support. We're always looking for more volunteers, so if you think this is for you apply now to start the process of becoming a volunteer

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