"In the mid-90s, we noticed that as Austin was transforming into a tech city, we were leaving people with disabilities behind," said Knowbility Executive Director Sharron Rush. "To get the attention of the technology community, we went out and collaborated with many different groups and created this contest."
Knowbility board member and event training chair Hiram Kuykendall is spearheading development of the event's online accessibility training game. Kuykendall is chief technology officer for Microassist, a custom training company that develops accessible digital products.
"Our goal is to provide teams with a fun learning experience, coupled with knowledgeable mentors, that will result in the nonprofit acquiring a greatly needed accessible website," said Kuykendall. "The big twist this year is short, ten-minute exercises that make the learning process more interactive."
Before Knowbility board service, Kuykendall led two award-winning Microassist teams in related competitions.
OpenAIR had over 200 participants last year. Teams have hailed from across the U.S. and around the globe. Originally the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR), OpenAIR received the 2015 Federal Communications Commission Chairman's award for Innovation in Accessibility.
Team and nonprofit registration ends September 1. Visit air-rallies.org for details. For more on the competition's training game, email email@example.com.
About Microassist: An Austin, Texas-based learning and development firm, Microassist creates, delivers, and hosts custom training, emphasizing online usability, accessibility, and digital remediation for websites, mobile apps, software platforms, electronic documents, and elearning platforms: www.microassist.com.
About Knowbility: Knowbility, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the independence of children and adults with disabilities by promoting the use and improving the availability of accessible information technology: www.knowbility.org.
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