What do I get out of this?
The aim is to give students who are already interested in web coding and design a firm footing in accessibility training. We believe introducing the next generation of web designers and developers to the concepts and practices of accessibility is the key to creating a more inclusive web.
Here are some benefits of participation in OpenAIR:
- 8 + hours of free accessibility training from some of the world’s leading experts in the field
- The opportunity for mentorship and to network with employers from companies such as IBM, Google, Deque Systems, Cognizant and Pearson, and other developers worldwide
- The satisfaction of knowing you’ve had a hand in creating an accessible website for a non-profit that might not otherwise have one
- A kick-off party and awards event that you can attend from anywhere in the world
How do I get involved?
If you have questions about registration, contact us at Openair@knowbility.org.
Quick facts before you begin
- Teams must have at least 4 members and no more than 6.
- Teams must designate a Team Captain.
- 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 your team to work with.
We will distribute AIR Team questionnaires to developer team captains to facilitate matches based on NPO needs and student 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 a four 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” 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. No worries, 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!