About Kel Smith

I'm a digital product leader committed to removing barriers that separate people from the things they need. I'm also an author, speaker and advocate for designing experiences that benefit people of all abilities and backgrounds. I love to create futuristic products and services that tell stories, advance human capability and achieve personal dignity on behalf of my users.

I'm an ex-Googler who has also worked with Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Havas Worldwide Health, Glaxo Smith Kline and various startups. I've led teams numbering from 5 to 25 members and managed budgets of up to $2M US.

I'm currently an adjunct instructor at the Center for Innovation Education at Rutgers University and a volunteer mentor for Global Minimum. I also sit on the Board of Directors for Inglis Foundation, serving the Clinical Quality and Strategic Resources Committees, and I volunteer for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

My work includes Internet-driven projects to support food justice, digital accessibility, economic empowerment and affordable housing. In 2015 I was named a "Change Maker" by Oliver Russell and interviewed on my approach to social design.

Writing & Speaking

Cover of Kel Smith's book entitled Digital OutcastsMy articles appear in technology, design and business publications worldwide. My book Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind was published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2013 and received very nice reviews, including "Book of the Week" mentions on GoodReads, Amazon and ACM.

Since 2008 I've delivered over 100 public talks in seven different countries in front of audiences ranging in size from 15 to 1400 attendees.


Best way to contact me is via the Anikto website. Please don't try to sell me anything. If you're a recruiter, perform your due diligence first.

Kel Smith presenting at the CUSP Conference in Chicago, October 2014
  • Location: Philadelphia-ish
  • Personal: Married, no kids
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Examples of me standing on stages and talking: