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How students and families can help build accessible technology

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IBM had the privilege to be involved in two panels at CES on Friday, 6 January 2017, to explore topics critical to the present state of STEM education and future innovations in accessible technology. These incredibly fascinating panel sessions looked at challenges through the historical lens of the new ‘Hidden Figures’ film and by examining new ways students, families and start-ups are participating in diversity in STEM education programs like P-TECH. P-TECH helps young people to be both college and career-ready with STEM skills – disciplines that underpin some of the nation’s fastest growing industries and best paying jobs. Accessible transportation was highlighted by the mini shuttle cognitive rider experience developed by Local Motors and IBM’s WatsonIoT AutoLAB and accessibility researchers.

I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with the moderator of these sessions, Soledad O’Brien as well as Rashid Davis, who spoke on both panels. Here are two quick audio interviews where we explore the role of families and students in creating accessible technology like Olli. Soledad shared what she would build with Watson.

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Soledad O’Brien is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, world renown journalist and a producer of many things, including 4 kids.

Listen to the interview with Soledad on Soundcloud.

 

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Rashid Davis is the founding principal of the P-TECH (Pathways To Technology), an early college high school education program. Launched in 2011 as a public-private collaboration between IBM, the New York City Department of Education, and the City University of New York, P-TECH prepares youth, particularly low-income students of color, many of whom are the first generation in their families to go to college, to move beyond high school, earn a college degree, and enter the workforce with skills that employers value. IBM has initiated other P-TECH schools across 6 US states, Australia and Morocco.

Listen to the interview with Rashid on Soundcloud.

 

You can also watch a replay of the session on Periscope.

 

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