Assistant professor Mario Konecki, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, special advisor to the rector of the University of Zagreb for Internet services and coordinator for Internet and information technology projects of Rectors Conference of Republic of Croatia, has been included in the development group of prestige American organization Benetech.
Benetech was founded by Jim Fruchterman, student of well-known American university and research institute The California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Benetech is one of the leading organizations in the area of innovative technology development that serves to create more equal opportunities and rights among all people and is also responsible for the development of the world’s largest accessible Internet library for people with different disabilities (Bookshare). The library to this day counts more than 560 000 accessible titles.
During his cooperation with Benetech assistant professor Mario Konecki, Ph.D. will mostly work on the development of new technologies for aiding visually impaired people.
During his academic mobility in June and July 2017 assistant professor Mario Konecki, Ph.D. has established cooperation in the area of development of assistive technology for students with disabilities with American universities Penn State and New York University (NYU), as well as with American school for blind and visually impaired Perkins School for Blind that is the oldest school for blind in the USA and the place where world-known activist Helen Keller acquired her education.