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The 2020 Virtual Technology Fair will be our first-ever remote Technology Fair. We’ve proudly hosted the popular annual Technology Fair in-person on our Newton-based campus for decades, but we’re shifting to a virtual event this year. That means we’re bringing workshops and cutting-edge manufacturers of assistive technology straight to your living room.

To register for the Virtual Technology Fair, simply sign-up on the event page at no cost to you. As we get closer to the event, we’ll provide registered attendees with a link to the virtual exhibit hall where attendees can access virtual exhibitor booths, a schedule of events, detailed workshop descriptions and more. The virtual exhibit hall will have links to our live main session, individual break out rooms to talk directly to exhibitors, and other resources.

No! As always, the Technology Fair is free for attendees. Our goal is to connect you with innovative assistive technology that can make an immediate impact in the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

We’re dedicated to making sure that the Virtual Technology Fair is fully accessible for all. We’ve chosen to use Zoom as the main event platform for their robust accessibility features. The Carroll Center for the Blind also has a dedicated team of accessibility experts working to ensure our event web pages are accessible.

Our virtual exhibition hall will have virtual exhibitor booths that you can navigate to and explore throughout the day. You can access these booths anytime or during breaks between informational workshops to learn more about the company, and even chat with a representative, just like at our in-person Technology Fair! Simply navigate to the Zoom meeting room link for the exhibitor you’d like to connect with.

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Head to the virtual exhibition hall and navigate to the section titled “MAIN EVENT.” Here you will find a link to main Zoom meeting room where we’ll kick off the event and host informational workshops. The main event Zoom meeting room will go live just before the start of the event on November 24th, 2020 at 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

The meeting room links will be disabled until just before the start of the event on November 24th, 2020 at 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

Most up to date computers and mobile devices such as laptops, desktops, and handheld tablets are capable of running the virtual event for you. Click to here run the pre-event Zoom Test. Please also make sure that you’ve upgraded to the latest version of Zoom by visiting zoom.us/download.

Because the virtual event means that you won’t be able to have an in-person visit to The Carroll Store, we are excited to offer you 10% off all phone orders on Monday 11/23 (please note The Carroll Store hours for Thanksgiving week are Monday and Tuesday, 10 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.). The discount is only valid on Monday; please mention the Virtual Technology Fair when placing your order.