Partner, Zeitspace

Mark Connolly

Speaking Session:

How Donated Tech Made It Easier To Get An Abortion

Wednesday, June 19 @ 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Stage B

Women and trans people seeking an abortion have had to navigate through a maze of healthcare providers, restrictions and anti-abortion agencies designed to stigmatize their decisions.

SHORE Centre, Kitchener's local Planned Parenthood affiliate, knew a better way was possible, but didn't know where to start. In 2017, Communitech welcomed SHORE Centre into their Fierce Founders bootcamp for female-led startups and shortly afterwards Zeitspace, a software consultancy, generously offered to build them an online app to connect local patients to their nearest provider.

Now Choice Connect is launching nationally at True North, and will help thousands of Canadian women and trans people access the care they need.

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Mark Connolly is a partner at Zeitspace, a product design and development consultancy based in Waterloo, Ontario. He’s also the co-founder and co-chair of Fluxible, Canada’s UX Festival, which will see its eighth edition this coming September.

Mark has led design teams, initiatives and projects in a variety of design contexts. He has taught design at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as delivering numerous workshops. He is pleased to have been described as “a designer with the sensibilities of an artist and the skills of an engineer”.

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