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  • Myplanet CDO Erik von Stackelberg explains how voice interfaces can be brought into workplaces effectively in our latest article. Read his 6 design recommendations here:

    How to Design a Voice Experience for the Workplace - Myplanet Musings - Medium

    Compared to traditional enterprise software experiences, voice technology is still in its infancy. But already, applications for the workplace are proving intriguing, exciting, and in some ways, very different from the consumer context. If you've been charged with designing a voice-based conversational experience for employees, here are some key tips to keep in mind.

  • Our Fellowship program is once again underway in Costa Rica in partnership with Estudio Manatí. So far they've gotten to know one another; learned about Drupal, Agile, and a host of other things; played with some Legos; had a few good meals together; and started to build their first Drupal-based project. Not too shabby for just three days in!

  • We worked with CNIB to explore what could be possible using voice interfaces to make more accessible web applications. Learn more about the technical aspects of the project here:

    Building Conversational Interfaces to Make the Web Accessible for All

    Not long ago we wrote about a proof-of-concept we worked on in collaboration with CNIB (formerly the Canadian National Institute for the Blind) that would empower users with a voice-activated calendar application. Today, we're going to break down some of the more technical aspects of how we created the prototype and discuss some of the limitations we encountered along the way.

  • Exciting news! We're partnering with CNIB and HackerYou to create a more accessible learn-to-code opportunity for partially sighted or blind individuals. Read all about it here:

    Levelling the Playing Field: Myplanet, CNIB, & HackerYou Partner to Create Accessible...

    About six months ago, we were wrapping up a project we co-created with CNIB and an idea came up that we were immediately interested in making happen if we could. It fit our core values and it was in line with the kinds of work we wanted to be doing and the ways in which we want to be doing it.

  • Bookmark this for your Saturday morning laze-about-in-bed-without-feeling-guilty read. Our take on where retail technology is headed and how businesses can prepare:

    Surviving & Thriving in Retail: Key Themes for 2019

    Myplanet has worked with some of the world's leading retail companies in a number of sectors (consumer electronics, luxury goods, athletic apparel, travel, financial, and telecommunications to name a few) and it's always interesting to compare and contrast industry insider perspectives with our own.

  • Our #Fellowship program is back! Read about what makes Myplanet dev Laura Johnson, Myplanet CTO Yashar Rassoulli, and Myplanet Director of IT continue to believe in it and devote their time to it: =

    Building a Better Learn to Code Bootcamp

    In a little over two months, we'll be heading down to Costa Rica to kick off our 2-week long Fellowship program. It's the second year we'll be running it in partnership with Manatí, the software studio we joined with last year when we first decided to go international, and we're even more excited this time around.

  • The Accessibility Summit was amazing on Monday and a great way to kick off DrupalCon Seattle. Now we're gearing up for our own Geoff Appleby's presentation tomorrow. Hope to see some friendly faces there!

    Is your site really safe from XSS? Bringing Content Security Policy to Drupal

    If a content editor copying some text onto a page of your site inadvertently pasted some inline JavaScript, would you know? If one of your JavaScript dependencies were altered to start sending sensitive form data to a third-party site, could you prevent it?

  • DrupalCon Seattle is opening this year with the one-day Front End Accessibility Summit, featuring both our Director of Technology Services, Everett Zufelt, and one of our Senior Drupal Developers, Laura Johnson. Don't miss this one— it's going to be an incredibly worthwhile day.

    Front End Accessibility Summit: Optimize for Inclusion

    Date: Monday, April 8Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pmCost: $199 (Coffee and lunch included)Hashtag: #DrupalAccessibility Register Today

  • Sneak peek time! Our own Laura Johnson wrote on Machine Learning + Web Accessibility. She'll be presenting on the topic on Monday at the DrupalCon Accessibility Summit in Seattle, but you can get an advance look at what she'll be talking about here:

    Making the Web More Accessible Using Machine Learning

    High-level Indication Today, accessibility testing tools can use rules-based methods to point at specific WCAG issues (for example, does an image have an alt tag or not?) But these tools can detect only 25% of total errors; the other 75% require manual testing.

  • One of our designers, Kazden Cattapan, wrote about how to ramp up your strategic thinking as a designer. It's a skill that doesn't get talked about enough when it comes to producing great design work. Take a read here:

    Strategic Thinking for Designers

    The first step toward becoming a more strategic-thinking designer is to learn how to anticipate. Great strategic designers are vigilant, honing their ability to anticipate design trends by scanning the environment for signals of change.

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