Digital Outcasts: The New Bootstrapping
The term “outcast” covers numerous demographic categories. It can represent the 54 million Americans currently living with a disability. It can refer to patients who live in isolation during long-term rehabilitation. It describes those living in economically disenfranchised neighborhoods. And it covers anyone who relies on a product or service for basic life functions, but are prevented access by poor design.
This presentation will detail three real world case studies of digital outcasts – members of disenfranchised populations who transformed their communities through a “grass roots” approach to technological innovation. Individual examples will include: a young man living with traumatic brain injury whose customized iPad app aids his treatment; the use of virtual reality as a form of pain distraction, and a mobile nutritional support program assisting community leaders living in urban "food desert" neighborhoods.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Why are there still digital outcasts in today's technologically advanced world?
- What efforts are being made to evolve the basic tenets of web accessibility to more future-thinking approaches? Why don't today's "Section 508" arguments apply to these emerging contexts?
- What relevance to the efforts of digital outcasts have on me, a participant of SXSWi? What ambient benefit can possibly result from examining these trends?
- What can we learn from the efforts of digital outcasts, and why are these lessons critical to the future of our health and wellness landscape?
- What are the chances that I'll be a digital outcast one day?
- Kel Smith, Principal, Anikto LLC
Kel Smith, Principal, Anikto LLC
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