July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Hello, my name is __________.

Nova Patch (Shutterstock)
11:30am–12:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Protect E145
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Prerequisite Knowledge

Only knowledge of basic application design, development, and testing is needed. Some regular expressions and pseudocode will be used in examples, but this is not a code-heavy presentation. Additionally, some tips will be provided for specific programming languages or technologies, but the presentation will primarily be technology-neutral.


Our personal identity is core to how we perceive ourselves and wish to be seen. All too often, however, applications, databases, and user interfaces are not designed to fully support the diversity of personal, cultural, and gender identities expressed throughout the world. This session will demonstrate ways to build applications that respect users’ identities instead of limiting them.

Topics will include:

  • Input, validation, storage, and display of personal names
  • Unicode usernames and solutions to security concerns
  • Input and use of gender and pronouns
  • Internationalization and localization considerations

The intended audience includes programmers, UX designers, and QA testers. Together we can build inclusive software that supports diverse identities.

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Nova Patch


Nova Patch is a software engineer on the International Search team at Shutterstock, specializing in internationalization, localization, and multilingual information retrieval; and focusing on developing a search and discovery experience that supports the world’s languages, writing systems, and cultures. They are an open source developer, contributor to the Unicode CLDR, and member of the Unicode Consortium.