SXSW 2013

SXSW 2013 Summary

At SXSW 2013, the world’s biggest interact festival, we saw presenters, vendors and workshops on products and services that can enable people with disabilities.  We learned about 3-D printing of unique assistive technology, we got the low down on the latest in accessible Information Technology, and learned how to interface with computers without even touching them.

Our Guests and/or presenters

Sharron Rush from Knowbility

Desiree Sturdevant from Knowbility

Kathy Keller for the Accessible Learning Materials Council

Accessibility Council of Texas

Carrie Bishop and Dominic Campbell with Enabled by Design, also Cubify for their 3-D printing video.  Currently there are two common types of plastic used in 3D printing – PLA (Polylactic Acid or Polylactide) which is plant starch based and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) which is petroleum based.  ABS can be toxic and should not be used to make items which come in contact with food.

Glenda Sims from Deque

Leap Motion and their web video

Victor Tsaran, Accessibility Program Manager at Yahoo

Apps for Autism folks, particularly Sami Rahman who wrote iPads for Special Needs, and is co-founder of


Other Credits

The Gene and Dave Show would like to thank:

SXSW 2013

Celia Hughes from VSA of Texas


Charles Chen from Google who told us about Tecla

Tecla for their web video


our videographers

Matt Broome

Dannny Saenz

and Brandon Sorrells