Humans of IT strives to share stories from around the world. Today, we continue our Accessibility series with this guest blog post written by Azure Developer Product Marketing Manager E.J Youk, who is based in Hong Kong. E.J will share her tips and personal takeaways on how she used technology to stay connected and prepare for her online session showcased during the Microsoft Online Tech Forum in the Greater China Region (GCR).
The COVID-19 global pandemic has prompted many companies and tech communities to cancel or postpone their conferences and events, quickly turning things around to run online activities using video conferencing tools to try and replicate the in-person experience instead.
Just this week, Microsoft’s Greater China Region (GCR) team wrapped up a two-day virtual conference called the "Microsoft Online Tech Forum". It was the largest regional online forum delivering 56 unique sessions covering 8 major technical tracks where both developers and IT Pros had the opportunity to gain insights and skill up on emerging technologies including AI, DevOps, App innovations, Security, Modern Workplace solutions and many more! If you missed these sessions, check out all the recordings here.
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I was very fortunate to take part and moderate a Humans of IT panel discussion on a topic I am truly passionate about - Accessibility and #TechforAll. As a firm believer of using tech for good, I was thrilled to prepare the session - from inviting relevant guest speakers to aligning the content and enabling smooth event orchestration. Ironically, after weeks of working from home at an unprecedented scale and experimenting with 100% virtual interaction with people within and outside my organization, I was finally able to realize just how important accessible technology is.
There’s no doubt that working remotely for a prolonged time is not easy and you can end up feeling unstructured from broken routines and limited resources. So I wanted to share some helpful tips and my personal takeaways on how I have been using technology to stay connected and prepare for my session showcased during the Microsoft Online Tech Forum.
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Remote working is not new to us, but with more people working from home during this challenging time, accessibility, inclusivity, and self-care have become crucial elements to consider. I hope my tips will come handy in helping you prepare for virtual events, and get you inspired to reflect on what accessible tech means to you. What’s your story?
If you are interested in topics around UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or employee wellness/professional counselling, definitely check out the recordings of our online session. Our guest speakers Benita and Vincent shared their personal stories on how they are attaining tech for good objectives through their daily business.
Thank you, and I hope everyone stays safe and strong during this time!
Enjoyed articles like these? Be sure to check out other guest blog posts in our Accessibility series for the month of April below:
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