What does OpenAIR do for me?
OpenAIR provides non-profit organizations with low-cost, professionally-designed, accessible websites. For organizations without a website prior to the competition, participation in AIR helps them to establish a web presence. For those who already have a website, participation will allow them to update or re-create their website to include accessibility features.
Who designs my website?
Your nonprofit will be assigned a team of web professionals who have signed up to participate in OpenAIR. Your assigned team is then trained in the latest web accessibility tools and mentored by leading experts in the field of accessible web design to create a high quality, professional website for you.
Since 1998, OpenAIR (then AIR) has included teams of web professionals from IBM, Dell, Applied Materials, Google, GivePulse, TradeMark Media, Elemental Blend, Cognizant Technology Solutions and many more.
When does my website go live?
You will work with your team for 5 weeks to design your website. Teams submit the work to our panel of judges and the winning project is announced at a gala party and awards function. Upon approval your website will go live as early as the next week.
OK, got it. So what is my role in OpenAIR?
Content, page text, photos, and multimedia are the responsibility of your organization to provide/produce for your assigned team. You may need to get permission from your executive board to participate, or to use certain content. You may also need to arrange for the purchase and registration of a domain name.
By registering for OpenAIR, you commit to the following:
- Maintain the content delivery on a schedule that allows your team to do their best work
- Provide the domain registration in a timely manner
- Complete a free training to learn how to be the best partner/client to your team
- Pay a $100 registration fee
- Host on Knowbility’s server (optional, and FREE for one year)
- Support you team at the awards gala in December (two free tickets for each nonprofit participant)
What will it cost me to participate in OpenAIR?
The registration fee for non-profit organizations is just $100.00. Hosting is provided by Knowbility at no cost to your organization for one year following the competition. Additional costs to consider may include the registration of a domain name (if your organization does not have it already), web support following the competition (if necessary), and hosting fees beyond the first year.
What kind of website will I receive?
Every website produced as part of AIR is created by professionals who work with representatives from your organization to produce the best site possible. The more the team and your NPO can work together during the competition, the better your website will be, and the more closely it will match your expectations.
But remember – accessibility is key, and so some components may not be included simply because they can’t be made accessible. While teams participate to help the community, they are also competing to win the accessibility challenge
Important dates for nonprofits:
Registration Deadline: September 1
Nonprofit Welcome and Orientation: September 14 and 21
- Disclaimer: Must attend one training in order to participate in OpenAIR
- Must turn in web planning documents in the training your team chooses to attend
Kickoff: October 11th, 2016 at 6:00 pm CST at Google Fiber in Austin, TX. For those calling in we will provide the hangout information 48 hours prior to the event.
Weeks of October 17, 24, 31, and November 7: Check in with Development Team Lead to give feedback on how the website is progressing
Final week, November 7 – 9: Schedule face-to-face meeting with Development Team for review and final revision of site
Website completion and submission: Completed sites uploaded to Knowbility server November 14, 2016
November 18: Feedback forms on the process due to the judges
Award Ceremony and Closing Celebration: December 8, 2016, at 6:00 pm at Sterling Events Center
Judging ends: December 2, 2016
January 9 – 16: Schedule follow-up training for maintaining your accessible website
The complete timeline for nonprofits — http://air-rallies.org/for-nonprofit-organizations/timeline/
More questions? Email Jessica Lonney at firstname.lastname@example.org