Sight Tech Global FAQ

This is a new event, so there are likely lots of questions.
Here are some we’ve heard so far.

What is Sight Tech Global? 
It is a virtual, two-day event that explores how AI-related technologies are rapidly changing accessibility and assistive tech for people who are blind or visually disabled. The event features top experts in the field. The production is owned by the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a 501(c)(3) non-profit services agency based in Palo Alto, California.

Is this an in-person event?
This event is 100% virtual. There is no in-person aspect to the show.
When is the event?
The dates are December 2nd & 3rd, 2020. The show will start at approximately 8 a.m. PST and end around noon each day.
How can I participate?
Anyone can register for the event and watch it online via computer or mobile phone. The event will be live on this site during the dates and times noted above. To attend, simply return to this site.
How much does it cost to attend the event?
Registration is FREE. We do request a donation at the time of registration but that is optional.
What is the programming format for Sight Tech Global? The event is a single virtual main stage plus breakout sessions. That virtual main stage will carry all the Sight Tech Global programmed sessions, and a live host, Will Butler, vice-president of Be My Eyes, will introduce each session. There are 15 main stage sessions and 35 speakers.

Our partners are producing the breakout sessions, which are listed in the agenda with links to Zoom rooms provided by the partners.

Is the show accessible?
Yes. This site has been built to the best of our ability to work well with screen readers and for people with low vision.

During the event itself, attendees will use two sections of this site, both linked from the site navigation. One is called “agenda” and is already live. It contains descriptions of all the sessions, both main stage and breakout. Links to breakout sessions will go to live Zoom webinars provided by partners. 

Links to main stage sessions in the agenda will take the user to the “Event” page, which will also be linked from the site navigation but will not go live until shortly before the event begins. The Event page will have an embedded YouTube player at the top that will carry the live stream for the show. Above and below the player are links back to the agenda page. Also below the player is a written explanation of the current session playing as well as the one coming up. Beneath that is a list of sponsors.
Worth noting, all the sessions, both main stage and breakout, are structured as conversations between moderators and guests. There are no slides or other visually-oriented materials. 
There will be live, human-captioning during the breakouts as well as the main stage sessions. The on-demand version of the sessions will also be captioned.

Is there a networking or audience engagement feature to the event?
For the main stage, attendees will have the ability to direct questions and comments to the event host. This feature will be provided by our partner Slido. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a networking experience.
Is it possible to prepare in advance so I understand better how to navigate the event and use the accessibility features?
Yes, registered users will be notified of a session in advance of the show where we will stage a full simulation of the show and answer questions and accept feedback.
What if I miss a session? Will sessions be recorded?
Yes, all main stage sessions will be recorded and available post event on our YouTube channel as well as the site. 

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?
Most the main stage sessions are pre-recorded. The breakouts are all live. 

Who is organizing the event?
Ned Desmond is the founder of the event and executive producer. He is assisted by a number of volunteers with expertise in design, event and video production, and marketing. They include:

  • Cohere Studio, which designed and built this site.
  • Sunol Group Media, which is producing the main stage video content
  • Fable, which has assisted with accessibility testing
  • Clarity, which assisted with speaker and moderator training
  • Be My Eyes, which supplied customer support
  • Vitac, which provided live captioning
  • 3Play, which provided captioning for on-demand

Who is the owner of Sight Tech Global?
The Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the owner of Sight Tech Global.

What is the value in a Sight Tech Global sponsorship?
We have designed a wide range of sponsorship options and prices. Sponsors support not only the development of an important new event in the accessibility world, but also the important work of a Palo Alto, California-based nonprofit, Vista Center, dedicated to assisting people who are blind and visually impaired. For more information, please contact

Who is the recipient of the revenues from sponsorships?
The non-profit Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the beneficiary of all proceeds from the show.

Is is possible to support the work of the Vista Center directly?
Yes, Vista Center depends on contributions to provide  its services. Learn more here.