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Kel Smith

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Professional Biography

Kel Smith is a speaker, author, instructor, and practitioner with nearly twenty years of experience working in the design and technology sectors. His resume includes stints at Google, Johnson & Johnson, Wiley, and Havas Worldwide Health. Mr. Smith has also served as a consultant for Comcast, MD Anderson Cancer Center, International SOS, Merck, the National Cancer Institute, and several governmental healthcare agencies.

Mr. Smith has spearheaded accessibility efforts in such areas as medical devices, healthcare informatics, enterprise software, and workplace culture. Mr. Smith designed and commercialized the first digital respiratory monitoring device for remote therapeutics, as well as the only children's behavior app to be clinically endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 2014 Mr. Smith launched Aisle Won, a nutrition support app that connects low-income populations with sources of accessible and affordable locally grown food. The program today serves over 40,000 communities across North America and was named a “future of food innovation” by the Austin Chronicle at SXSW Interactive.

Mr. Smith has delivered over 100 presentations in six countries on the topic of digital accessibility and social innovation. His credits include talks for the Centre for Health Literacy, the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Art Institute of Chicago, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Stanford University, among many others. Mr. Smith’s work has been featured on CBC Radio's "The Current," National Public Radio, and the BBC Ouch! Network.

Mr. Smith currently sits on the board of directors for Inglis Foundation, the Philadelphia region’s largest provider of accessible and affordable health services, and he served two terms as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia chapter of ACM/SIG-CHI for computer-human interaction. Mr. Smith is an adjunct lecturer at Rutgers University, teaching courses on digital design and the social impact of inclusive innovation. He lives and works between Philadelphia and New York City, USA.

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