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With Srin Madipalli (Product Mgr, Airbnb) & Josh Halstead (Sr Mgr Brand, Oportun).
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 05:30 PM   $15
The Climate Corporation, 201 3rd St, #1100
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Srin & Jungho will share their work at Airbnb to meet a growing need for tech platforms to facilitate real world access to products, service
About this Event
Image Caption: A family walks down the street. A wheelchair user, the youngest daughter leads the group. Keynote speaker, Srin Madipalli, is cropped in a circle which hovers above the event title: Critical theory, design & disability: Srin Madipalli & Jungho Kim from Airbnb's In-home Accessibility team & Josh Halstead. The logo for Speculative Futures is positioned in the bottom left

Hi Everyone!

We are thrilled to be hosting this event sharing a disability perspective on design. If you've been eyeing our events looking to check on one then come to this one. Hope to see you there.

PS We are still looking for space to host this in Downtown SF! Please get in touch if you may be able to lend a hand:

PPS Dinner will be served

Accessibility & Design

Srin & Jungho will talk about their work at Airbnb to make travel more accessible & inclusive to people with accessibility needs around the world. "Accessibility" at technology companies is often associated with digital accessibility - but as tech evolves to become part of many real-life & real-world experiences, there's an ever growing need to make sure technology platforms can help facilitate real world accessibility to a product or service. Solving for these needs requires cross-functional collaboration, with Experience Design being a central component. Srin & Jungho will talk about the projects their team is working on & their approach to designing & testing innovative solutions.

Srin Madipalli

Srin Madipalli is a Product Manager at Airbnb with a focus on making travel easier for people with disabilities. Srin was an entrepreneur who founded Accomable, an online travel platform for people with disabilities, which was acquired by Airbnb in November 2017. Srin is from London, UK & previously practiced as an attorney at a leading international law firm & is a self-taught web developer. He has degrees from King's College London & Oxford University.

Josh Halstead

Josh Halstead is a design leader & disability advocate blending theory & practice. A brand & design expert, he has created impactful experiences for clients in the technology, financial services, consumer electronics, energy, nonprofit, & professional services sectors. In addition to teaching graphic & user experience design at UC Berkeley Extension, Josh has been an invited lecturer, panelist, & workshop facilitator at Stanford University, AIGA Design Conference, Google, UC Berkeley, & the Society of Disability Studies among others. Josh holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design & is an MA candidate in disability studies at CUNY.

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Accessibility Statement

The venue will be accessible to wheelchair users, those who use mobility devices, & visitors who need to avoid stairs. Parking, bathroom, & transportation details will be added once the venue is secured. It will also be a welcoming environment for service animals.

ASL & CART real-time captioning will be available upon request. Please contact Josh at for this & additional accommodations.

Note: This event is sent-free. Please refrain from wearing products with fragrance such as perfume, cologne, & lotion so our friends who are chemically-sensitive can join us.


5:30-6:30: Networking & dinner [Food Provided]

6:30-6:50: (20 Min) Josh presents

6:50-7:30: (40 Min) Srin & Jungho Present

7:30: Wrap up & networking

8:00: Event Over

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