Invited Talks

Room: Berlin M-1 (1st Floor Left Wing)

Wednesday 22nd

11:45-12:15 Sponsored Talk
The Web as an Ideal Interface to Ensure Accessibility in Different ICT Environments

Speaker:  Jose Angel Martinez-Usero (Technosite, ONCE Foundation)

Abstract:  Nowadays, digital services tend to allow users to access information in a remote way and from different devices. Fields such as domotic or telecare applications are evolving to this model, for example, it is already possible to take control of our home from a computer in our office or from a mobile phone. These technological developments benefit many users, (i.e. senior citizen and disabled people), so they are able to overcome the barriers caused by their functional diversity. Moreover, there are guidelines that establish the basis for designing different technological applications. In the Internet field, W3C has developed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) that are the basic reference in the production of national and international standards and laws. The combination of accessible and usable user interfaces with communication interoperability between the user personal device and the target device solves many of the barriers people find in their daily life.

Thursday 23rd

11:30-12:00  Sponsored Talk
Patents for Software? Is your Invention Patentable?

Speaker: Wolfgang König (European Patent Office)

Abstract: The core activity of the European Patent Office (EPO) is the examination of patent applications with a view to granting a European patent. Like all other inventions, computer-implemented inventions are patentable only if they have technical character (i.e. solve a technical problem), are new and involve an inventive technical contribution to the prior art. The EPO does not grant patents for computer programs ("software patents") or computer-implemented business methods that make no such technical contribution. The EPO is bound by European patent law. Our expert will guide you through the technicalities of patenting computer-implemented inventions.

12:00-12:30  Invited Talk
Innovation in the Wild, Wild Web

Speaker: Dale Dougherty (O’Reilly)

Abstract: Behind many innovations in technology are the efforts of wild-eyed enthusiasts. From the development of the first personal computers to the development of the Web, and its re-emergence as Web 2.0, small groups of enthusiasts have led the way, and they've been way ahead of commercial organizations in exploring the potential of new technology.    At O'Reilly, we continue to look for serial enthusiasts, these alpha geeks who become an early warning signal that a new technology should be taken seriously.   Makers are a new group of enthusiasts connecting the Web with the world of sensors, controllers and other "smart" stuff.