IEEE CTS EMBS/Computer and ComSoc/SP Joint Chapters April meeting
April 16, 2018

Event: IEEE CTS EMBS/Computer and ComSoc/SP  Joint Chapters

Location: AT&T Labs, Arboretum, Austin

Date: April 26, 2018

Time: 6-8 pm



 “Developing Riley – An App to Assist People who are Blind and Visually Impaired



Karen Kilroy, Coach at the Texas School of the Blind and Visually Impaired





There are more than 240 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired – almost 19 million of whom are children. This number is growing, since blindness is a problem frequently experienced by our booming elderly population.

Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point where visual recognition is possible. As technologists, we can demand a better future by leading the way with cognitive applications that use cutting-edge visual recognition to solve the age-old problem of blindness.

Learn how our team of software engineers at Kilroy Blockchain was inspired by another team – the Wildcats dragon boat team, from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired – to go down the road of developing a solution. Find out how we built our app, Riley, in less than 6 months, and won the IBM Watson Build Challenge for North America. Also learn about the Riley Server, which provides an entry to organizations who want to start a new collar workforce – one which can help to overcome limitations through the power of cognitive intelligence.


Karen Kilroy is a life-long technologist with heart. Living in Austin, Texas, she has invented several products including Kilroy Blockchain PaaSRiley, and Carnak. Karen believes that artificial intelligence and virtual reality don’t have to be scary and that technology can be proactively designed to be used for good. Karen’s background includes many years of working as an open source software engineer, which has prepared her for the new world of cognitive intelligence and immutable ledgers.

Karen is also a professional dragon boat coach, and currently volunteers to coach the Wildcats at the Texas School of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Karen lives in  Austin, Texas, is the host of the IBM Watson Cognitive Tech Meetup and of the OroPlatform Meetup, is co-host of the Blockchain for Business Meetup, and is a member of IEEE member.

Free F&B

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