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.
This year, each participating organization will be assigned TWO design teams by Knowbility. In fact, your organization will get TWO web sites, each designed by a different, competing team, and you will get to choose the one you like most as your actual web site. Knowbility’s expert panel of judges will also review all of the web sites and choose winners of the OpenAIR competition.
Knowbility assigns teams to nonprofits; in the interest of neutrality, nonprofits do not choose the team they want.
Your organization will be welcomed to stay in contact with your web design team, if they agree, after OpenAIR ends. You may invite them 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. Please note that it will also be up to your team to choose to stay in contact after the OpenAIR event.