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Engineering for Social Impact: Randy Marsden at TEDxEdmonton

Pioneering entrepreneur and inventor of assistive technologiesRandy is the co-founder of Swype Inc. and Cleankeys Inc. He has pioneered specialized computing technologies for people with disabilities for more than two decades. In 2001, Randy originated the concept of Swype, a touch screen-based predictive text technology, which allows people to draw or swipe characters instead of typing on a graphical keyboard. He invented the Cleankeys? wipe-able computer keyboard - an easy-to-disinfect, button-less, touch- and tap-sensitive keyboard for dental offices, hospitals and other settings where infection control is a primary concern. In 2011, Randy was recognized with a Manning Innovation Award. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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