Building diversity into technology
Rubi Kaur, a Senior Technical Architect at Vodafone Group, shares what she's learned from working with Barry Ginley and his guide dog Skye
Rubi Kaur, senior tech architect at Vodafone Group, with diversity consultant Barry Ginley and his guide dog Skye.
When Rubi Kaur, a Senior Technical Architect at Vodafone Group, met diversity expert Barry Ginley, they were both studying for an Executive MBA at Henley Business School. The only difference was that Barry, who lost his sight at 25, was accessing online learning materials using a screen reader.
Sitting beside Barry and at times acting as his audio describer, Rubi witnessed first-hand how Barry navigated the world with his guide dog Skye and with the use of technology.
After graduating the pair stayed in touch and later, when Rubi was looking at ways to make Vodafone’s One Net for Business product more accessible to a wider and more diverse community, she contracted Barry as a consultant.
In our latest Gigalife Conversation, Rubi speaks to Barry about how they have been coming up with new and more inclusive ideas for One Net’s Operator Console, a software programme that acts like a digital receptionist, allowing business users to manage their call queues. Currently, the system relies on manual mouse control, which visually impaired users cannot operate.
Rubi gives us more insight into her job as a senior technology architect and what she’s learned from working with Barry. Click here to read more.