Talks by W3C Speakers (Recent and Upcoming)

Many in the W3C community — including staff, chairs, and Member representatives — present W3C work at conferences and other events. Below you will find a list some of the talks. All material is copyright of the author, except where otherwise noted.

June 2014

  • 2014-06-12 (12 JUN)

    Efficient Government, Happy Developers

    by Phil Archer

    From e-Parliament to smart-Parliament

    Rome, United Kingdom

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    This will be a very brief look at how Linked Open Data is helping to improve government efficiency and what needs to be done to expose that data more usefully as services for external developers.
  • 2014-06-28 (28 JUN)
    Chaals will explore two possible futures for mobile platforms. In one, open technology supports a powerful base for building applications that run on a wide variety of devices. In the other, incompatible ecosystems compete for mind- and market share, offering ever more powerful, comfortable and enclosing environments. Each of these possibilities has benefits as well as drawbacks, for users, developers, and the people who build the systems themselves. From where we are now, both of these are possible. What are the benefits and drawbacks, and who are the winners and losers, for each scenario? What are the key factors that will lead us one way or the other?
  • 2014-06-30 (30 JUN)
    Benefits of the use of Public Sector Information through the successful case of the Public Transport information released by the City of Gijón. Although, at the beginning, local government was reluctant to open its data, now all the sectors take advance of the reuse of PSI: industry produces Web applications and widgets for citizens; restaurants installed display systems to inform customers; a local artist created a multimedia artwork based on this public information. The most relevant and remarkable action has been implemented by the local government which is reusing their own Open Data, saving potentially €0.8m (4% of the total budget for transport) in the installation of display systems.

July 2014

August 2014

  • 2014-08-20 (20 AUG)

    Develop Multimodal Applications with Free and Open Source Tools

    by Deborah Dahl

    SpeechTEK 2014

    New York, USA

    This talk will discuss free and open source tools available for mobile, multimodal applications, including CMU PocketSphinx JavaScript open source speech recognition, HTML5, Google Android speech recognition, Google Chrome Web Speech API, and iOS speech options (such as iSpeech and OpenEars). Issues to be discussed include language models (support for grammars versus dictation), cross-platform capability, accuracy, open source versus proprietary, online versus offline, and speech and multimodal standards (for example, the MMI Architecture, EMMA, WebRTC, HTML5 and Web Audio).

September 2014

  • 2014-09-04 (4 SEP)

    Building the Web of Data

    by Phil Archer


    Leipzig, Germany

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    What's next for the Semantic Web at W3C?
  • 2014-09-25 (25 SEP)

    Crafting User Experience for the Fastest Growing Web Demographic: Older Users

    by Shawn Henry

    WebVisions Chicago

    Chicago, IL, USA

    Relevant technology areas: Browsers and Other Agents and Web Design and Applications.


    Long gone are the days when young techies were the primary target audience for websites. Increasingly, a key target for websites is older users, especially as Baby Boomers age. Older users' changing needs significantly impact user experience and the definition of good design.

    For example, gray text on a light background can be hard for older users to read due to changes in contrast sensitivity and color perception, small click targets can be painful or difficult due to arthritis and tremors, and audio can be hard to understand due to hearing loss. As we age, most of us have increasing visual, physical, auditory, and cognitive impairments that affect how we interact with computers and websites.

    Is your design considering the needs of older users? If not, many of those users will go somewhere else. That pretty little design might get some visual design accolades, but very well could be losing you customers - ones with money to spend.

    To help know how to design better for older users, there's a rich source of information that's been developing for over 15 years: web accessibility for people with disabilities. The European Commission-funded WAI-ACT project found that existing W3C accessibility guidelines address the majority of older users' web needs.

    In this session we'll explore:

    • top web issues for older users
    • websites and applications that get it right, and those that don't
    • how to use W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to address older users' needs as well as the needs of people with disabilities
    • emerging research and user studies on making text readable for older users and others
    • how to create visually appealing, user-customizable designs that work well for a wide range of users

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