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Removing Barriers with Smart Speakers and Voice Technologies

January 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Come and join us for: Smart Speakers and voice technologies – removing barriers for people with disabilities.

In this presentation, Jarek Beksa will draw on his experience and research to discuss emerging use of voice enabled technology in removing barriers for people with disabilities.

Overview of the Evening
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Registration, networking and light refreshments
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Introduction and presentation from Jarek
7:30pm – 7:45pm: Final questions and closing

Introducing Jarek
Jarek has worn many hats in his career: programmer, researcher, academic lecturer, founder, designer, producer, and sound engineer. He is currently teaching Game Design at Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand.

His vision is sound – literally. Jarek is passionate about accessible design, sound engineering, user experience, games, and interactive storytelling. He is excited about the ways voice-activated technology could revolutionize these areas.

He is a creator of award-winning voice applications and is leading New Zealand’s first voice application studio.
Jarek was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship at Auckland University of Technology and is currently working on completing his Ph.D. studies on accessible interfaces in games.

Our Sponsors
Thank you so much to our venue sponsor GridAKL ( for supporting this meetup by providing the venue and to MUV Talks ( for providing snacks and drinks.


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