Program preconference

The preconference will focus on technology and tactile reading.

This day’s program will take place in Central European Time, starting at 12 o’clock on Zoom. Welcome to an exciting day with good talks about technology.

Event registration  (free of charge)



28th April 2021

  • Can you imagine the internet without pictures? All of our knowledge is on the internet today. A huge majority of that is in a form of pictures, maps, charts and graphs. The problem is that blind people have limited access to them. With Feelif technology the blind can feel and recognize digital graphic content on the standard touchscreen.

    Katarina Pavšek

    Content Designer at Feelif d.o.o.

  • Venkatesh Chari

    President, Orbit Research

  • Taking electronic braille to a different level of functionality for reading displays, redefining existing technology in order to keep Braille relevant for the next generation.

    Greg Stilson

    Head of global innovations at APH

    Andrew Flatres

    Product Manager, Humanware


  • The HT Instructor is an App on a tablet computer through which a teacher can better support his students using a Braille display in the classroom situation. For this purpose, HT Instructor converts the information displayed on up to 4 Braille displays of students in real time on the tablet computer. With the Braille display of the teachers it is possible to observe individual students and their reading position in real time.

    Sigi Kipke

    Dipl.-Ing. and CEO, Help Tech

    Help Tech is an expert supplier of technical aids for blind and visually impaired people. We develop, produce and distribute electronic aids. We are the world’s leading manufacturer of Braille displays. Help Tech (previously Handy Tech) is known to be a manufacturer since 1994 of high-quality products made in Germany.


  • Round Table Discussion.
    Welcome to a talk about future directions on technology and tactile reading, mainstream technology and impact, possibilities and threats.

    Morten Tollefsen

    Head of Research, MediaLT, moderator

    Gilles Pepin

    Founder & CEO, Humanware

    Noel Duffy

    Dolphin Computer Access

    Avneesh Singh

    Chief Operating Officer, DAISY Consortium

    Randi W Sekkingstad

    Mother of visually impaired high school student