T-minus 13 days to the AEGIS Conference in Seville

In 13 days - on Thursday October 7 (and Friday October 8) we will be holding our 1st International AEGIS Conference in lovely Seville Spain. I've attended many conferences during my career, but this is the first time I have helped put one together (and I have a lot more respect for marketing and tradeshow staff as a result!).

In addition to the conference programme itself, we have a number of related events taking place that week. The Wednesday before - October 6th - we are running a morning half-day User Forum in Spanish for users to learn about the prototypes we are building in AEGIS and actually experience some of them (providing feedback in the process). Then in the afternoon we have a half-day Pan-European Workshop. This will be our second User Forum & workshop, having held our first User Forum and Pan-European workshop last year in RIM's offices in Slough.

In addition to the conference programme and these two half-day events, we will also have a small exhibit hall, a space for poster exhibits, and a series of training sessions on accessible authoring of DAISY books and Braille material, using OpenOffice.org. And finally, we have a room set aside for native speakers to help us with our eSpeak text-to-speech tuning sessions, where we hope to gather data and feedback to improve that open source text-to-speech engine.

Beyond all of these AEGIS events, we are delighted to be able to provide space to the GNOME Accessibility community, who is putting on a GNOME Accessibility Hackfest for the entire week.

All in all, Seville will be the place to be in early October! I hope to see some of you there. (If you are there, be sure to stay for the closing of the conference and the awards ceremony - because you must be present to win!)

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