Date of Meting: November 10, 2018
When: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: MIT, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA
The meeting was called to order at 1:20 p.m. Following introductions the minutes were read and approved as written.
Elections were held and the results were as follows:
Jerry reported Our combined bank balance is 7227.06. Last month's balance was reduced by 1199.77 for the purchase of Vibug's new laptop.
Frank reminded all that there are two mailing lists, support and announce, and anyone who thinks they have been eliminated from one of them should contact either him or Jerry to get this resolved.
The Carroll Center is holding its technology Fare on November 20th from 9:00 A.m. to 3:30, with exhibits closing at 2:30.
Nina reported the holiday party is on the second Saturday in January, the restaurant is reserved, and the announcement will go out in early December.
Jerry made the following announcements.
Amy announced that people who have the home use jaws product can get a reduced price when upgrading from an older version of Jaws.
Frank stated that once a month in Worcester New England Low Vision has tech Tuesdays. You can see products, atend classes and ask questions.
Jeanette stated that all the files for the Vibug Logo have been completed and the agreement between VIBUG and us regarding its use will be signed today. The Braille and Print versions will be up on the website soon.
Jeanette announced there is a Ride Survey and we can send out the link for anyone who needs it.
Deann announced that Harvard is trying to grow its usability testing pool. Also, there is a voter survey she hopes people will complete.
Jeff Thompson reminded people of the BSCB fall conference on November 17th. The deadline for registering is November 12th.
David Kingsbury would like to step down from Chair of the program committee. Jerry will assume this position.
VIBUG vice president Frank Ventura unboxed and demonstrated setting up our new VIBUG laptop from scratch.
Representatives from the Boston Museum of Science solicited our feedback on an upcoming exhibit about coding (computer programming).
Gary Bartos discussed his work at the Athenaeum Museum to make things accessible for the blind and announced he was doing a tour designed for the blind on November 19th and invited people in VIBUG to sign up. He also briefly discussed his survey he hopes people will complete as he hopes to develop some kind of wearable device for the blind.
Athena is a PH.D. student in computer graphics and computational graphics at Dartmouth College and is a visiting scholar at Boston University. She spoke about her informal study.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Jeanette Kutash, Vibug Clerk