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#541 In-person and Online: Building Connected Services for Physical Spaces: Accessibility & Microservice Architecture at The Obama Presidential Center


Diana Steakley-Freeman (She/Hers) Senior Software Engineer, Obama Foundation

This event will be in person, but you can also tune in via our usual livestream. Doors open at 6pm. The livestream and announcements will start around 6:30pm CDT.

In-person: TeamWorking, 20 N Upper Wacker Drive, 12th Floor, Chicago IL. Enter the Civic Opera Building using the entrance in the middle of the block between Washington and Madison streets. Take the elevators to the 12th floor.

For more information on our in-person events, please see our COVID Policy.

The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) will be a new landmark for the South Side, welcoming visitors to Jackson Park and marking the Center as an historic civic destination. Inside, exhibits will explore the fullness of the American story— from the promise of our founding documents to the movements that challenged us to live up to them. The Museum exhibits will tell the story of the volunteers who powered the campaign toward history, and will examine the eight years of progress, setback, and hope that followed.

The Obama Foundation’s Product and Technology Team, formed in 2021, is working to build the digital content, infrastructure, and experiences that will support the offline and online experiences associated with the storytelling of the OPC, and with the Obama Foundation programming more broadly. In this talk, co-founding software engineer Diana M Steakley-Freeman unpacks the conceptual and architectural underpinnings of the technology that will power the Center, the accessibility affordances the team is building at the core of its museum experience infrastructure, and the lessons learned so far in the process of building the suite of services that will support interested citizens in transforming their hopes into concrete actions.

RSVP In-person attendees should RSVP beforehand. As occupancy limits permit, walk-ins will be allowed to enter.

Vaccination required In order to keep attendees safe, we will be requiring proof of vaccination at the door. A physical vaccine cards or picture of one will be accepted. If you are not vaccinated, you can tune in to the livestream.

Masks required Attendees will be required to wear a mask. We will provide additional masks if you forget yours.

There will be food! We will be serving chicken, steak and veggie tacos from Atolito’s Tacos!

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