Final Countdown

Knowbility’s Accessibility Internet Rally is always evolving: we’re always experimenting with ways to make it an even better event to promote digital inclusion and one that keeps the volunteer website designers and developers excited about the rally right up to the finish line.

This year, 2019, Knowbility hosted an event called the Final Countdown, on Friday, November 15, hosted at Galvanize. It provided an opportunity for AIR teams to get last-minute consultations on the websites they have developed regarding accessibility and to present briefly what they were most proud of regarding the websites they built for clients. Knowbility staff also counted down the last seconds of the rally to the deadline for when those sites had to be submitted.

Here are four of the team’s presentations on YouTube:

Chris Archer, Kenneth Schwoerke and Jordan Meister talk about their experience building a website for ArtFrog Art Academy, an arts nonprofit in Texas.

Four coding students in Albuquerque, New Mexico, talk about what they learned building a website in just five weeks for a nonprofit arts academy, as a part of Knowbility’s latest & oh-so-intense #Accessibility Internet Rally:

Volunteers talk about building a website for an NGO in Congo, including dealing with a huge time difference, power outages in Congo, creating a site in two languages.

Janette Dimitrova of Texas Health and Human Services talks about how her team made their state government learning portal more accessible for both sight-impaired users and people for whom English isn’t their first language.

Team Hoosiers introduces themselves and their client, Emerson Academy in a video they did on their own and submitted to the event.

Knowbility also encouraged anyone who has EVER participated in any Accessibility Internet Rally since its inception in 1998 to consider this event a homecoming, to drop by and reconnect with Knowbility and to see how AIR and digital inclusion have evolved. And several alumni did!

Judging of websites began immediately after the Final Countdown, and winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Town Lake, 20 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, Texas. Tickets for the January 16 event are available on Eventbrite. More information about the AIR 2019 Awards Ceremony and Dinner.