There are currently over 1.4 billion active Android devices worldwide, and as Android expands globally, that number is guaranteed to increase. As developers, we need to start thinking now about how to create applications that serve a diverse range of users. Specifically, we should think about the 1 billion people in the world with disabilities. We’ll talk about who these users are, common challenges they face with existing apps, and what it really means to create an inclusive user experience. Let’s create applications that everyone can use!
Kelly Shuster is an Android Developer at Ibotta and a Google Developer Expert for Android. Prior to mobile development, she worked as an Embedded Firmware Engineer focused on disk drive read channel optimization. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Kelly is currently the director of Women Who Code Denver, and enjoys sharing technical knowledge wherever she goes, from local meetups to international conferences. When not programing, she can be found dancing in a ballet studio or playing in the Rocky Mountains.