Knowbility names BarrierBreak Shilpi Kapoor as OpenAir Advisory Chair

February 14, 2017, 2017 Austin, TX.  Knowbility has named Shilpi Kapoor as the OpenAir Advisory Chair.  In 2017, Shilpi Kapoor, Founder and CEO of BarrierBreak will chair the OpenAIR program. Knowbility was seeking international leadership as the program has grown from a local one day hackathon into a globally recognized training and development competition.

“As an entrepreneur and visionary, Shilpi Kapoor is the embodiment of OpenAIR principles.” said Knowbility Executive Director Sharron Rush. “Shilpi is uncompromising in her commitment to equal access for all and has a proven record of effective engagement with the global technology community around accessibility issues. We are honored that she has accepted the leadership position for the 2017/2018 OpenAIR program and look forward to working with her to promote accessible design around the globe.”

Shilpi is a serial social entrepreneur who has founded BarrierBreak and 247 Accessible Documents with a vision to empower people with disabilities using technology. With an industry experience of 18 years she has built a sustainable business model by assisting Government, Corporates, Education Institutes & NGOs to implement accessibility in their products and solutions. She pushed the envelope in news and media by developing the 1st news mobile app in the world that is inclusive and accessible by providing curated news which is also available in Indian Sign Language.  She has been instrumental in drafting the National Policy on Electronic Accessibility and has advocated to promote the Web Content Accessibility Guideline at the state level in India.

“OpenAIR has shifted the goal post on how developers can learn & implement accessibility while supporting non-profit organizations. For me personally, the impact that the model can have in the acceptance of accessibility globally is exciting! The opportunity of accelerate the awareness of accessibility is what made the decision easy to accept the position as Chair for OpenAIR. Look forward to work with Sharron Rush and her amazing team at Knowbility!”

Awarded the FCC Chairman’s award for Innovation in Accessibility in 2015, OpenAIR pairs developers and designers who want to grow their accessibility skills with non-profit organizations seeking new websites. They are given mentorship and expert training that helps grow their accessibility skills, which they then use to compete in building the most accessible website. The OpenAIR Advisory is made up of internationally renowned accessibility experts. This year, one of the advisory’s objectives will be to divide the competition into two sections, professionals and students, with the aim of familiarizing students with the basics of accessibility as early in their education as possible.

Register for OpenAIR at https://www.knowbility.org/community/openair/ or contact Olivia Hawkins, at olivia@knowbility.org.