There is a really great event on Wednesday night at Seven Peaks School that you don’t want to miss. Bryce Johnson, Microsoft’s inclusive lead for product research and accessibility, will be discussing inclusive design and how the company created the Xbox Adaptive Controller. This new controller will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.

This event supports the IB design thinking philosophy around empathetic problem-solving and innovation. The evening will consist of a presentation by Bryce followed by questions, and an opportunity for participants to try out the controllers.

Brent Truell, a Bendite and program manager for Azure blockchain engineering at Microsoft, organized the event. It’s open to the community and especially to students and kids. In fact, Brent says he’d love for the event to draw lots of young people who are interested in careers in product design, computer science and accessibility. “Even for us temporarily-enabled folks, I hope its eye opening,” he adds.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Microsoft Inclusive Design
Seven Peaks School
Wednesday, Nov. 14
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Please register here. 

For those interested in learning more, check out this video.

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