Meet the Next Big Thing Judges

Sharkvember. The Next Big Thing. Submit your ideas. September 5th to October 16th.

We are excited to announce the judges for the first round of The Next Big Thing contest, where you can help shape the future of JAWS and ZoomText. Submit a three-minute video outlining your feature ideas by October 16 to make your voice heard. Visit the Next Big Thing page for all the details.

Meet the Judges

Meet the Judges. Roxana Fischer, Product Manager, Sriram Ramanathan, Director of Software Engineering, Brett Lewis, Senior Software Engineer, and Carl Wise, Director of Software Engineering.

Roxana Fischer

Roxana is a Product Manager at Vispero who specializes in blind and low-vision software. With industry experience spanning a decade, she has spent the last four years at Vispero in various roles, including Software Developer and UX Research Analyst.

Roxana began her Vispero career working in our U.S. headquarters in Clearwater, FL before returning to Europe. Roxana summarizes her focus as “delivering impactful solutions for accessibility, guided by both my passion and expertise in the field.”

Sriram Ramanathan

Sriram is the Director of Software Engineering at Vispero. He has worked in software engineering for more than 25 years, the last 15 of which are in the field of accessibility. He resides in Safety Harbor, FL. “I find joy in creating useful and usable software and solutions that empower people with visual impairments,” Sriram states.

Brett Lewis

Brett is a Senior Software Engineer at Vispero. He has almost 20 years of experience working in accessibility, most of those in JAWS support for ARIA and web standards. He has also built accessible web applications.

Brett resides in the Pacific Northwest. “I am driven to make the web an accessible place where everyone can efficiently use all web sites!” Brett explains.

Carl Wise

Carl is the Director of Software Engineering, and he manages the Software Engineering and Quality teams responsible for JAWS, ZoomText, Fusion, and Inspect. He entered the accessibility field in 1995 as a Technical Support Manager for Henter-Joyce.

Carl resides in FL. He says, “I am committed to breaking down technology barriers for blind and low-vision users around the world.”

Hear from the judges themselves and learn how ideas become software features in this video.

Learn More

The Next Big Thing contest is part of Sharkvember, a month-long celebration of accessibility, creativity, and community. Visit the Sharkvember page for a list of events that will take place during the entire month of November.

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