About Kel Smith

I once was introduced at a conference as a "barrier remover." I've had a number of job titles, but that one feels the most natural to me.

For nearly twenty years, I've removed barriers as an entrepreneurial digital channel leader across multiple industry verticals: technology, product strategy, user-centered design and business development.

My primary emphasis is on emerging health IT products for the disability sector, although I consider it a privilege to anticipate that rare opportunity when industry trends align with my social conscience.

I've assumed C-suite and practice-leadership positions overseeing teams of up to 25 members, managing revenue streams of $2mm US. I've commercialized products across multiple verticals, submitted IRB documentation and filed two patents.

Along the way (and most importantly), I've mentored and been mentored by numerous colleagues who have become lifelong friends. Barrier removal is more successful as a group effort.

Writing & Speaking

I'm the author of Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind, published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2013. The book received very nice reviews and attracted "Book of the Week" mentions on GoodReads, Amazon and ACM.

Cover of Kel Smith's book entitled Digital Outcasts

Every now and then I'm asked to present about a topic related to innovation, accessibility, entrepreneurship, social impact or personal wellness. My public speaking credits span numerous cities in seven countries, and I'm a reasonably candid and insightful interviewee.

I've delivered presentations for Google, the White House, Royal National Institute of the Blind, Interaction Design Association, Unitech ICT Network, World Future Society, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Society for Technical Communication, MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy, Future Insights Live, MEDx Stanford, CUSP Conference and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

My media appearances include CBC Radio's "The Current," the BBC Ouch! network, National Public Radio (Baltimore & Austin), the Globe & Mail Canada, WBAL Radio, the Austin Chronicle, Fast Company and Baltimore Magazine.

In 2015, I was named a "Change Maker" by Oliver Russell and interviewed on my efforts to empower people living with economic and physical challenges.


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: