What do I get out of this?
Besides improving your community, OpenAIR provides plenty of benefits to participating developers.
As a participant and competitor you will:
- Be matched with a non-profit organization, budding artist, or worthy community organization.
- Create an exciting, interactive web experience that is accessible to everyone.
- Network with area artists, web professionals, and other really cool people.
- Get to complete your development project in a relaxed time frame – the development cycle is 5 weeks, giving your team the opportunity to create something really special.
- Receive accessibility training to comply with ADA and Section 508 standards, worth over $4,000.
How do I get involved?
If you have questions about registration, contact us at Openair@knowbility.org.
Quick facts before you begin
- You can register as an individual or a team.
- Teams must have at least 4 members and no more than 6.
- A initial fee of $150 is due at registration.
- Teams may register with a chosen non-profit, or Knowbility will select a non-profit organization for them to work with.
We will distribute AIR Team questionnaires to developer team captains to facilitate matches based on NPO needs and developer skill levels.
- Training materials will be available for all teams through an accessible learning management system which will be provided upon registration.
- Sites will be judged by Knowbility’s judging panel over an six week period.
- Awards will be announced mid-May during the AccessU accessibility conference.
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 kickoff on February 8, 2018, in person or virtually (loctation TBD).
- Have at least one face-to-face meeting per week with your “client” and designated mentor 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.
Once trained, you will have access to our trainers at all times should you have a question or need assistance. We will be by your side the entire way, offering encouragement, support and the occasional laugh – to relieve stress of course.
Don’t have a team, but want to participate? Register as an individual and we will connect you with a team!