About Kel Smith

I own a digital accessibility company called Anikto. The purpose of Anikto is to remove barriers separating people from basic human needs. The company is six years old and today it is my full time job.

In 2013, I launched Anikto's first product Aisle Won. It connects people who live in low-economic areas to local sources of healthy, affordable food. By the end of 2014 it will be available in at least five major US markets. The Austin Chronicle cited Aisle Won as a "future of food" example following my appearance at SXSW 2014. Then I was interviewed by Yahoo! Food on food deserts.

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 have begun work on my second book but can't even begin to guess when it will be published.

Presentations

Since 2010 I've spoken in over 50 cities in six different countries. I'm reasonably entertaining and people seem to genuinely enjoy watching me talk about accessibility, healthcare, product strategy and business development.

Organizations who have hosted me as speaker include the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Unitech ICT Network, Ontario College of Art & Design, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Society for Technical Communication and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Selected Presentation Venues

Publications

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.

I've been published by Springer Press, the Pentagon Library, UX Magazine, the E-Access Bulletin and STC Intercom Magazine, among others.

My book Digital Outcasts is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Elsevier, Safari Books Online, O'Reilly and GoodReads. When my book came out, Technically Philly graciously allowed me a guest editor slot in order to promote it.

During a book signing I did in Chicago last summer, they 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.

stacks of the book Digital Outcasts on a table

Media Appearances

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. I was then interviewed as part of a radio series on healthcare thought leadership.

George Dvorsky of io9 did a piece about my research in virtual therapy, and the BBC once spelled my name wrong.

Et Cetera

For two years I was the North America and Oceania representative for the United Nations World Summit Mobile Awards. Today I'm part of the Rutgers University Center for Innovation Education staff, and I lecture for Rutgers four times a year.

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.

Chris Noessel of Cooper did a really cool sketchnote of me after attending my presentation in Dublin. I also appear in Eva-Lotta Lamm's book of 2012 sketchnotes and Andy Pratt's book on interactive design theory.

sketchnote of me

Kel Smith in Barcelona

2014 Appearances