First, it was great to see many
people at NVDACon 2020. I personally consider this a
successful event despite the pandemic and its effects.
Although we had issues in the beginning, it ran
smoothly, especially as the post-keynote QnA was very
A few thank you’s:
- Robert Hangi: chairing the
organizing committee and upgrading the pre-keynote
- Laura Cornwell and
friends: effective promotion, and for streaming
parts of the conference.
- Austin Pinto and other
- Derek Riemer:
infrastructure and providing support.
- NV Access crew: another
- Presenters: for
diversifying the topics.
And most importantly, audience
members who shared their passion for NVDA and giving
organizers countless encouragements. Hope the event
served as a healing moment for you.
Second, based on actual experience
and post-event feedback, I would like to suggest that
organizers look into a different platform for NVDACon
2021 and beyond. Of course we have to think about
accessibility and outreach, but mostly to help future
conference moderators perform their tasks more
efficiently. Zoom is a possibility, and Doug Lee
apparently organized an Excel spreadsheet with
potential platforms. I would also like to suggest that
when a platform is chosen, organizers meet regularly
using that platform to familiarize themselves as to
how to use it effectively.
Lastly, NVDACon Twitter feed is
still alive. The next post from there will be done
when recordings become available.
I announced this after the closing
forum, but this is to affirm that I will not be
participating in NVDACon planning for next year.
However, if people want me to, I can give coaching for
presenters upon request – mostly to go over online
presentation etiquette, how to respond to comments,
and refining small things in content. Apart from that,
I will be your biggest fan from the distance.
May the NVDACon continue to bridge
the community for years to come.
Joseph S. Lee
Student (communication studies),
California State University, Los Angeles
Code contributor and add-ons
reviewer, NVDA screen reader project
Certified NVDA Expert, 2019
Founding chair, NVDA Users and
Developers Conference (NVDACon – 2014 to 2016