University Accessibility Internet Rally, AIR-U, is a fun and friendly website competition. The student teams compete to create accessible new sites or improve the accessibility of existing sites for nonprofit groups and artists.
Here are some benefits of participating in AIR-U:
- Allows students to engage with their community in a way that aligns with their personal values.
- Receive 8 + hours of free accessibility training from some of the world’s leading experts in the field.
- Support students in maintaining accessible website design into the future.
- Be entered to win two Interactive Badges for SXSW 2019 (travel & accommodations not included).
How do I get involved?
If you have questions about registration, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick facts before you begin
- Teams must have at least 4 members and no more than 6.
- Teams must designate a Team Captain.
- An initial fee of $100 per team is due at registration.
- Teams may register with a non-profit organization, student group, artist or musician website of their choice. Students may also create or improve a website of their choice. AIR Team questionnaires are distributed to developer team captains to facilitate matches based on NPO needs and student developer skill levels.
- Each team will receive online accessibility training from Knowbility.
August 22: Registration Opens, Training begins
September 12: Registration Extended ***
September 13: AIR-U Kick-Off (remote)
September 19: Live Webinar – Intro to AIR-U Basic Techniques
September 26: Return Project Plan to Knowbility
October 9: Live Webinar – Design, Advanced Topics
October 29: Live Webinar – Meet the Experts Q&A
November 12: PROJECT SUBMISSION DEADLINE ** must turn in submission form & upload site to Knowbility server
November 13: Judging begins
November 19: Judging ends
December 6: AIR-U Awards Ceremony (remote)
As a team participant, you will be a key part of making this program enjoyable, educational, and successful. Please read the commitments below before registering in the AIR program, as they are the things you will be expected to accept responsibility for as a participant.
What is expected of you:
- Sign up ALL team members online, provide at least one phone number and email address for each person.
- Designate a team Captain this person will be responsible for making sure all team members are kept up to date with any program updates or information from the Program Manager.
- Once provided, fill out the AIR Team Questionnaire – in detail if possible – this will help us match you with the best “client”.
- Attend the remote kickoff on September 13, 2018.
- Have at least one meeting per week with your “client” after the kick-off – This helps you and the client understand each other better and allows for personalities to shine thru on the sites you create.
- Meet with your team, or at least contact each other, and stay in contact at least weekly.
- Do your share of the team-assigned items, and meet your team deadlines.
- Make arrangements with your NPO for updating the website after the contest. Example: provide client with list / resources identifying for-hire web developers they can contract.
No worries, we will be by your side the entire way, offering encouragement, support, and the occasional laugh – to relieve stress, of course.
Once trained, you will have access to our mentor at all times should you have a question or need assistance.