Designing for the Sensitive Mind: The Digital Experience
in the Autistic Spectrum
Meet Natalia Berdys, an inspiration for any app developer and evangelist for inclusive design. Designing with cognitively-impaired users in mind can be very illuminating, leading to a broader understanding of the role of design. The perceptual issues involved for users with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism are shaping current design trends — their perception and their alternate sensory reality can be the most sensitive test of universally good design in any piece of software. Hear Natalia’s personal journey to becoming an iOS app developer and learn from her experience designing apps for children.
Star Wars Past, Present and Future
Star Wars is a universe unlike any other. Its characters and stories have touched generations of fans across the world. Dave Filoni not only represents the fan that exists in all of us, but is also one of the key creatives at Lucasfilm. From when George Lucas asked Dave to helm Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars to the development of the highly anticipated animated television series Star Wars Rebels, Dave is the past, present and future of this great legacy of storytelling. Come join Dave as he describes his journey to a galaxy far, far away as a fan and as a filmmaker.
A Moment In Silence
“Houston we have a problem.” Leland Melvin was 25 feet under water in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a 6 million gallon pool, training to perform spacewalks as a NASA astronaut when he called the test director and asked him to turn up the volume in his headset. He never heard a reply and was immediately hoisted out of the pool to learn that he was deaf. Emergency surgery resulting in only partial recovery to his hearing led to him being medically disqualified to fly in space by NASA flight surgeons. This is just one of the many career ending challenges Leland has overcome in his life. Before becoming an astronaut Leland was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1986 College Draft to play professional football but a hamstring injury thwarted his NFL career with Detroit and then later with the Dallas Cowboys. Hear his fascinating story of perseverance and how he ultimately traveled off-planet twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station, and learn about his work to inspire the next generation of explorers in STEAM education through his role as NASA Associate Administrator for Education.