I own a social design company called Anikto. The purpose of Anikto is to remove barriers separating people from basic human needs. The company is eight years old and today it is my full time job.
I was recently interviewed as part of the Oliver Russell "Change Makers" series, which spells out what I do and why I do it.
I wrote a book on accessibilty and innovation called Digital Outcasts. It was published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2013 and has since received very positive reviews.
I've had the pleasure of telling stories from this book at conferences and events around the world. The reactions I received from ConveyUX in Seattle and CUSP Conference in Chicago were particularly memorable.
I have begun work on my next book, titled Pixel Pushers. It is very much in the early research stages, but it has a nice cover and website already.
In 2013, I launched Aisle Won, a program that connects people living in low-economic areas to local sources of healthy, affordable food.
The first pilot took place in Baltimore in partnership with Real Food Farm, who saw a 540% increase in food assistance spending within eight months of launch.
The second Aisle Won pilot is currently taking place in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The app accrued over a thousand downloads in 2014 and resulted in a 112% increase in food revenue the first month of activation.
Aisle Won was named one of Baltimore Magazine's "favorite mobile apps" and was mentioned on WBAL Radio and Technically Baltimore. Aisle Won was also cited by the Austin Chronicle as a "future of food" innovation at SXSW 2014 and garnered a favorable review on The Food Tank.
Since 2010 I've delivered over 100 presentations in more than 60 cities spanning seven different countries. I'm reasonably entertaining and people seem to genuinely enjoy watching me speak about accessibility, healthcare, product strategy and business development.
Organizations who have hosted me as speaker include Google, Royal National Institute of the Blind, Stanford University, Unitech ICT Network, Ontario College of Art & Design, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Society for Technical Communication, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
My articles and papers have appeared in a number of scientific, academic, legal and technical publications. There's even an Amazon author page about me, which for some reason I find totally hilarious.
During a 2013 book signing in Chicago, the hosts stacked copies of my book next to Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte. That was pretty neat, although by no means am I on par with Negroponte.
Every now and then, I'm asked to provide an expert opinion on something related to healthcare, technology or disability. I'm no expert but I do have opinions, so it's my pleasure to advance the cause of inclusive design for the greater social good.
In 2013 I was interviewed by CBC "The Current" (sort of Canada's version of NPR's "All Things Considered") on how human-based technology is changing life for people with disabilities.
After leading the team that won the Project Blue Button Health Design Challenge for "Best Lab Summary," I was interviewed by Healthcare Informatics about the importance of optimizing digital health records to benefit patients.
When I worked for a healthcare communications agency in 2011, I launched a digital innovation business unit dedicated to accessibility.
Following an appearance at SXSW, I was interviewed by Yahoo! Food on the role technology plays in relieving the problem of food deserts.
In early 2015, I was interviewed by Sarah McCool of TakePart about food deserts. Fun fact: I did the interview with a nasty respiratory infection that left me literally bedridden and borderline coherent.
I went to art school, so occasionally I feel compelled to take odd photos and post them to my Tumblr site, Maximum Minimum. The titles are totally random and make no sense whatsoever.
After my appearance at CUSP Conference in Chicago, Julia Kuo did a lovely sketchnote summation of my presentation.
Chris Noessel of Cooper did a really cool sketchnote of me after attending my presentation in Dublin.
I'm a composer of strange minimalist music, which I post on SoundCloud from time to time under a pseudonym.
Best way to contact me is via the Anikto website. Please don't try to sell me anything. If you're a recruiter, perform your due diligence first.