Cleo Espiritu
Designing for Accessibility

Google I/O ’19 – Sessions Roundup

This is a 2 parter on my experience attending my first I/O. For my post about the experience of attending I/O and the difference between I/O and Cloud Next, see Part 1.

Below is a summary of some of the sessions I have attended while at I/O.

I/O is geared towards developers, so are there content for someone who’s no longer a full time developer (i.e. someone like me?). The answer is yes! There is still a nice set of design and introductory level sessions that I found really valuable to learn about the latest techniques and tech.

Here’s a list of some of the sessions I went to.


First, let’s start with a G-Suite session – Anu and Franziska shows s how to work with Google Sheets using Node.js and deploy it as a Cloud Function. It is a great example and inspiration of using Google Cloud Platform and G-Suite together.

Design Sprint

Design Sprint Framework allows you to collaboratively design solutions in a short amount of time through prototyping and testing. You can view how the framework can be applied to designing voice assistant experiences, as well as AR experiences:

Better Search Result with Structured Data

If you are a content creator then you’d definitely want to check this session out to learn how to expose content of interest, such as How-Tos and FAQs from your website or YouTube video, to Google’s search results so it can appear on web search and Google Assistant voice search!

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

If you have the data, training a machine learning model is quite straightforward using Google’s ML offerings – see how in the following video!

I took
IDEO’s Introduction to Human-Centered Design earlier this year, so this Designing Human-Centered AI Products session was a good continuation on that topic. With it the People+AI Research team at Google has also released a People+AI Guidebook to provide a framework for designing AI products with humans in mind.


My favorite for I/O is the Designing for Accessibility session, where Elise Roy talks about to take a “different is normal” mindset, and design for the ‘extremes’ instead to uncover hidden needs that you may miss if you only consider the ‘average’. Take people’s disabilities into consideration and it can help you design a more inclusive and innovative product.