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The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) is an award-winning global web accessibility competition by the nonprofit organization Knowbility. Teams of volunteer designers and developers compete to create accessible websites for nonprofit groups, musicians, and artists. AIR raises accessibility awareness and imparts valuable new skills to participating teams while providing community connections with profound, far-reaching impact.
Note: In a May 2018 study, 84% of industry respondents said it is important or very important to their company to hire developers and designers with accessible technology skills.
Professional designers and developers, as well as designers and developers that are still students, can form volunteer teams (or sign up to be assigned to a team) to participate (as volunteers) to design accessible web sites for nonprofit groups, musicians, and artists. Web design teams volunteer from around the world participate - many live in Austin, Texas but many also participate remotely (virtual volunteering!).
If you are a nonprofit, NGO, musician, or artist anywhere in the world, you can apply to have a web site designed or redesigned by volunteer teams participating in AIR. More information for nonprofits, NGOs, artists clients.
Only 24 volunteer design teams will be accepted this year, so don’t wait! Registration is open until September 6, 2019. Here is the signup for volunteer teams (or individuals that want to be assigned to a volunteer team).
Knowbility trains the designer/developer teams on accessibility.
Knowbility pairs the designer/developer teams with a nonprofit, musician, or artist to make their dream website come true.
For 6 weeks the pairs work together to design and build awesome, accessible websites.
Knowbility’s accessibility judges evaluate each website and pick the winners!
The AIR 2019 timeline of events is as follows:
June – August – Recruitment
September 6 – All registrations close
September 9 to 30 – Designer/Developer Team trainings, NPO asset gathering and training.
October 4 – Kick Off Event (broadcast online - here is the 2018 event)
October 7 – November 15 – Website build time
November 15 – Final Countdown Event and site submissions
November 18 – December 18 – Judging
January 16 – Award Ceremony (broadcast online)
See the FAQs for more information. There are participation fees.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon Central, Knowbility, an international nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, will host a webinar for anyone considering participation in the Accessibility Internet Rally. Knowbility Executive Director Sharron Rush will give an overview of the competition, which helps design and redesign web sites for nonprofits and artists, and gives web designers high-level training in the latest techniques of accessible web design and digital inclusion. The webinar will review the benefits of participation for both volunteer designers and for nonprofits or artists that need their web sites designed or redesigned.
Register for the free webinar here: http://bit.ly/2Zz2AQc
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