Knowbility OpenAIR Accessibility Internet Rally Competition

Knowbility has opened registration for its signature program: OpenAIR.

This year’s OpenAIR features web-development teams from IBM, Cognizant, Accenture and more. The competition kicks-off on November 6th, 2014 and concludes with a Google-sponsored Awards Ceremony and Gala on February 11th, 2015 streaming live across the globe. Web professionals are encouraged to register before November 3rd – limited spaces are available. Companies can form their own teams or individuals can sign up and be matched with an existing team. $4,000 worth of accessibility training is included in the one-time registration fee. The 17th Annual OpenAIR competition is sponsored by The City of Austin, Deque, Google, and the Bureau of Internet Accessibility.

The Open Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR), dating from 1998, is a community hackathon with a unique twist – accessibility! Participants are trained with critical accessibility skills by internationally recognized experts and contribute to their community by creating accessible websites for nonprofits. The professionally designed sites are donated to nonprofit groups and hosted for free for one year. Open-AIR increases awareness of the tools and techniques that make the Internet accessible to everyone - including people with disabilities. OpenAIR benefits nonprofit organizations and schools by providing them with free, professionally designed, accessible websites.

OpenAIR is designed for Web professionals, people who currently create on-line applications and who are proficient in HTML and other techniques for creating Web pages. Through Open-AIR, developers will learn accessible design techniques, have the chance to show off their skills, win prizes, and help local nonprofits do the work that benefits our communities.

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