It’s been just over two and a half months since my last post, oops, but that means there’s just that much more for me to share!

If you're short on time, here's a TL;DR:

What I’ve been up to in the last two months: I spoke at London Mobile Forum, NSConf, Swift Summit and Úll - they were all fantastic and truly inspiring in completely unique ways.

What I'm working on now: I’m focusing on two main projects: The Inclusive Toolkit for iOS/Mac developers and the "Internet of Cats". The Inclusive Toolkit will be launching on Kickstarter on the 13th of May! The "Internet of Cats" project will be launching on Kickstarter in July. I’m also doing a bit of client work too, and am always on the lookout for interesting short-term projects - get in touch if you think you have one :)

I’ll be in San Francisco/Bay Area/Seattle/Portland during May and June: Mostly for Signal and AltConf, come hang out with me :)

 

Non-TL;DR version:

It’s been a busy two and a half months for me. I’ve started two incredible projects and spoken at four conference.

In February, I spoke at the London Mobile Forum about accessibility and ran a discussion group, and what came out of it has inspired me to start an awesome new project. The discussion group confirmed a lot of the challenges surrounding accessibility I was already of and it also helped me think of some possible solutions. This has cumulated in a project I'm calling the Inclusive Toolkit, tools for iOS and OS X developers, QAs and designers for making apps more inclusive. I'll be blogging in more detail about what this project specifically will be in the next week. It will be launching on Kickstarter on the 13th of May.

Why am I putting it on Kickstarter? A few reasons: 

  • I want to make sure the project can be continuously supported in addition to getting the time needed to develop the tools
  • I don't want to charge for the tools, I want everyone to be able to use them
  • Making it so public will provide a lot of motivation and responsibility/accountability for me to complete it

I'm really excited about the rewards I've come up with, they range from t-shirts to accessibility app reviews to workshops. If you're a conference organiser and would like to donate some tickets that I can use as rewards, please get in touch. I’m also looking into options where if you donate around £1,000 worth of tickets, I’ll come do a workshop at your conference for free, contact me so we can work something out.

 

"Internet of Cats" prototyping

"Internet of Cats" prototyping

Also at the London Mobile Forum, I made a joke about wearables for cats, and through a series of very funny conversations - my other project the "Internet of Cats" was born. I've been prototyping this since March, I've still got quite a bit more to do, but it will be launching on Kickstarter in July. I'll definitely blog more about this in the upcoming month. I did a lightning talk at Úll on the beginnings of this project: ‘User testing with cats’ - it was such an awesomely fun talk to give!

 

The week of NSConference and Swift Summit is a bit of a blur - it was a week filled with meeting some amazing new people, hearing loads of inspiring talks and hanging out with many great friends. I love being part of this community, it’s full of so many wonderful people doing such fantastic things :)

 

In addition to working on these projects, I have a few trips coming up during May and June. I’ll be in San Francisco/Bay Area from the 17th-24th of May for Signal - I'm super excited to be speaking there.

I'll be in Seattle from 29th-31st of May, Portland for the 31st of May to the 3rd of June, San Jose from the 4th to the 7th of June, then San Francisco from the 7th until the 13th for AltConf and WWDC shenanigans.

 

That’s all for now - thanks for reading!