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Plugging Accessibility and Inclusion at Ignite Denmark

Present 20 slides in 5 minutes. That’s how Ignite works.

The next Danish Ignite event takes place on March 1st. I’ll be there. Presenting. Whew! It’s a part of the Global Ignite Week.

Those of us who are presenting will follow the Ignite motto: “Enlighten us, but make it quick.”

What personal and professional passion will I share in twenty 15-second chunks?

Accessibility and inclusion.

I’m very grateful to @techwriterkai for sharing this post about the fastest way to create an Ignite presentation. Ideas are forming and I have sketches of ideas. Olivia Mitchell’s tips seem to be the perfect way to structure my snippets. Thanks, Kai!

My point of view on accessibility will be from the technical communicator’s point of view. After all, tech comms is my field. I think my information will be relevant to many of the fields connected to technical communication – usability and user experience, design, development (both software and hardware, perhaps), and more.

(By the way, with all the talk of certification in the field of technical communication, I wonder whether a successful Ignite presentation is a better certificate. I mean, you have only 5 minutes to communicate your heart out! It must be a communication IronMan. 🙂 )

I have little fear of standing up in front of a crowd with the bright lights pointed right at my face. I am more concerned about getting my passion across those lights and into the minds of the audience. Accessibility and inclusion are issues that involve us all, and I plan to explain how and why. Igniting those minds is all that matters!


  1. Kai
    Kai 15 February 2011

    You’re welcome, Karen! Of course, the only reason I thought of tweeting the link your way was that I knew you were going to ignite. (Or be ignited – not sure, who’s the igniter at the event and who the ignitee… 🙂 ).

    I’ve marked my calendar and hope I can make it there to cheer you on! Though I think a 400m hurdles run is somehow the more apt metaphor… 😉

  2. Karen Mardahl
    Karen Mardahl 20 February 2011

    @Ann – Ah, so you know Brian? One of my Twitter acquaintances via @stcaccess. I just tweeted about his feedback wishes from @stcaccess. Small world. 🙂 I hope I get to meet him one day – possibly at an accessibility unconference in London in September perhaps.

    @Kai – You credited me with helping with your ISTC presentation. It was payback time. 🙂

    I hope I can meet both of you “live” at Ignite!

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