The web designers in OpenAIR are professionals who want to apply their accessibility design skills to a web site for an organization doing good in the world. Each design team pays a small fee to participate, and commits to several hours of classes by Knowbility regarding the latest web accessibility tools and techniques. These design teams are mentored by leading experts in the accessibility field throughout their design time during OpenAIR.
The designers are professional web designers working for a variety of companies and universities. Since 1998, OpenAIR (then AIR) has included teams of web professionals from IBM, Dell, Applied Materials, Google, GivePulse, TradeMark Media, Elemental Blend, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Cal State, University of Michigan, University of Southern Florida and many more. For Knowbility, these teams are volunteers and students, donating their time and talent to create high quality, professional websites for participating organizations.
Knowbility’s expert panel of judges reviews all of the web sites and chooses winners of the OpenAIR competition. But the web site that is designed is yours, to do with as you will.
Knowbility assigns teams to nonprofits, but design teams who have an already-established relationship with a nonprofit that enters OpenAIR may ask to be matched to that nonprofit client specifically. Please note that the design team will have to explain its relationship with the nonprofit to Knowbility, its past work together, etc. Otherwise, design teams do not get to pick which nonprofit they will design for, and nonprofits don’t pick their design team – Knowbility makes the assignments for OpenAIR.
our organization will be welcomed to stay in contact with your web design team, if they agree and you wish it, after OpenAIR ends. Your organization may invite the design team members to sign up for your regular newsletter, to be a part of your online community, to like your Facebook page, to follow you on Twitter, etc. If you want to invite them to continue to volunteer with you to help you with your web site, you will be free to invite them to do so. Please note that it will also be up to your team to choose to stay in contact after the OpenAIR event.
How OpenAIR can help your organization
Read on to learn how participating in OpenAIR can help your organization.
- Why Accessibility?
- Benefits of participation
- When and how does a web site go live?
- Who designs the Website?
- What do I have to do other than register?
Frequently Asked Questions and Registration
The following links include answers to frequently asked questions as well as the registration form.