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ACCESSIBLE INTERNET RALLY GOES INTERNATIONAL - Open AIR
Web Developers and Non-Profit Organizations Can now Participate All Over the World
[Austin, TX] – For 14 years, Knowbility, Inc., a national leader in web accessibility, hosted several AIR (Accessibility Internet Rally) events across Texas and the United States; AIR Austin, AIR Houston, AIR Denver, and more. Now called Open AIR, the event has gone international, with web development teams from as far abroad as India, Australia, and Ireland, as well as the US.
Web development teams and non-profit organizations from around the world are invited to participate in this unique, award-winning program that makes websites accessible to people with disabilities. Open AIR provides $4,000 worth of basic and advanced training in accessible web design and free web sites to nonprofit organizations.
Another change from AIRs past is the duration of the competition. In response to requests for more time to create robust, accessible content management systems, development teams are now given an entire month to code. On Rally Day, November 17th, teams gather together to polish off the accessible websites for their non-profits. Sites are judged based on accessibility, usability, design, and use of media. Teams will compete in regions, with the top-ranked sites of each region moving on to a second round of judging and awards presented at a SXSW event. The first place team will win tickets to SXSW Interactive 2014!
The last day for team registration is October 1, 2012, and a kick-off event will be held in Austin and online on October 17th. Trainings for both teams and non-profit organizations, which are essential to participants getting the best experience possible, will be taking place during the fall. Knowbility will be providing training in Austin and online.
Registration fee for development teams is $100 (team of four). Individuals who may not have teams – web designers, project managers, graphic artists and content developers – can register and be placed on a rally team. Registration fee for non-profit organizations is also $100. Participating nonprofits receive a professionally-
To learn more about the AIR program, visit http://www.eventida.com/
Founded in 1999, Knowbility is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that grew from the community collaboration that produced the first Accessibility Internet Rally in Austin, Texas (AIR-Austin)