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The InterACT Summit: Virtual Book Launch and Conference

Environments for Humans

Friday, June 11, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

The InterACT Summit: Virtual Book Launch and Conference

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Why an Online Summit?

  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead with family, friends or in the office!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!

About The InterACT Summit

Along with members of the Web Standards Project, we are proud to announce the launch of InterACT With Web Standards, a book that brings all aspects of web design together for teachers and students. To celebrate the release of the book, several of the expert contributors come together online to give mini-tutorials in their fields of expertise. 

It's a free event and is currently sold out. However, we are maintaining a waiting list, so reserve your space now!

The Schedule

11:00 - Welcome & details on how to win a copy of InterACT With Web Standards during the Summit!
11:10 - Denise Jacobs - Learning on the Web
11:40 - Glenda Sims - Information Architecture
12:10 - Derek Featherstone - Accessibility
12:45 - 15-minute break
1:00 - Aarron Walter - CSS3
1:30 - Chris Mills - HTML5
2:00 - Leslie Jensen-Inman - InterACT in the Classroom
2:30 - Book Winners Announced
2:40 - Speaker Wrap-up / Salon
3:00 - Goodbyes & Final Announcements

NOTE that all times are in Central Time. (Time zone converter) and the schedule is subject to change. Speaker presentations will be roughly 25 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. At the end of the Summit, stick around for our wrap-up panel, or Salon, in which all of our speakers will be on hand to answer your questions! 

How Does an Online Conference Work?

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? We don’t blame you. Contact us at if there’s anything else you’d like to know.

About Our Speakers

Denise Jacobs

Denise Jacobs

Denise R. Jacobs is a writer, speaker, designer, and educator on many things web. She is author of The CSS Detective Guide, and is a co-author for InterAct with Web Standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design. She is a Web Solutions Consultant based in Miami, Florida.

Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims is a Senior Systems Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin. As a member of UT Team Web, Glenda helps support the central web site for the University. She serves as an Accessibility and Web Standards Evangelist and the self-appointed Web Accessibility Goddess at UT. Her specialties include information architecture, usability/accessibility testing, handheld wireless devices, technical training and project management.

Glenda is currently a co-manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Chris Mills is a developer relationship manager for Opera – he edits and publishes articles on and, liaises with the community to raise awareness of Opera and collect feedback, and evangelises about Opera software wherever he can. Outside of work, he is an extremely avid music fan, enjoying playing and listening to a wide variety of music, including metal, funk, jazz, folk, hip hop, prog, and more. His main band at the moment is the mighty Conquest of Steel.

Aarron Walter

Aarron Walter

Aarron is the author of Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond (New Riders, 2008) and the lead user experience designer for The Rocket Science Group – makers of MailChimp. Since 1999 he has been building websites professionally and he's taught interactive design courses at colleges including Temple University, The University of Georgia, and The Art Institute of Atlanta – one of the few colleges teaching web standards since 2002. He also enjoys sharing my ideas about education, findability, and design at conferences and organizations around the globe.

In 2007 he joined the The Web Standards Project, and now leads the development of the InterACT curriculum project – an open curriculum designed to bridge the gap between the Web industry and education.

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone is a well known instructor, speaker and developer with expertise in web accessibility consulting.

Derek delivers technical training that is engaging, informative and immediately applicable. A high-quality instructor, he draws on his background as a former high school teacher plus seven years running his web development and accessibility consultancy Further Ahead, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

His experience includes hands-on development, web accessibility consulting and training. He advises many government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies providing them with expert accessibility testing and review and recommendations for improving the accessibility of their web sites to all people.

Leslie Jensen-Inman

Leslie Jensen-Inman

Leslie Jensen-Inman is Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she teaches a mix of art, design, business, and technology.

Leslie is also president of MORE, a graphic design, marketing, and public relations firm. She is deeply committed to her profession and serves as board member on the Chattanooga Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, as well as, on the Education Committee for the Association for Visual Arts.

Leslie is an active member of The Web Standards Project Education Task Force (WaSP EduTF) and writes and develops courses and curriculum for the WaSP Curriculum Framework. She is also a member of the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) Partners in Business and Education Executive Committee.

Christopher Schmitt (your emcee)

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

About The Sessions

Learning Effectively with the Web: Preventing Information Overload

by Denise Jacobs

Effective learning with the web starts with managing the huge of amount of information you find. This session covers several useful tips and techniques for controlling new information found and sent, saving resources for later use, and for intelligently distributing relevant content you find to your social network.

HTML5 Today

by Chris Mills

In this session, Chris Mills provides an overview of HTML5 including the reasons it came to exist, what the spec includes, and what features are available for use in our web applications today.

New Design Frontiers With CSS3

by Aarron Walter

Modern browsers are offering more support for the CSS3 spec, which is making designing for the Web increasingly more exciting.  Many of the design elements we once labored over in Photoshop are now easy to achieve with some simple CSS. In this session, we'll explore CSS properties and selectors that will make your websites more elegant and faster by eliminating the need for excess graphics. 

Information Architecture: The Secret to a Great Website

by Glenda Sims

Attempting to build a website without a plan is like trying to construct a house without an architectural blueprint. To consistently design and build quality websites you need a web site planning process. This session is an overview of the web site planning process and explains how the Information Architect contributes to a balanced design with the strong foundation of content analysis and strategy.


by Derek Featherstone

Web accessibility refers to the practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, we provide the opportunity for all users to have equal access to information and functionality. In this session you'll get an overview of what accessibility is, who it affects and what you can do about it as you build web sites and applications for years to come.

InterACT in the Classroom

by Leslie Jensen-Inman

Web design educators juggle a lot of complex tasks. Teaching, class preparation, grading, and administrative duties make it difficult to find time to research contemporary trends in web design. In this session, we'll show you how to use the InterACT curriculum in your classroom; a series of 17 modular courses authored by veteran educators and industry experts to help educators provide their students with the skills they need to succeed in their career.

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