The Sixth Web Accessibility Challenge in conjunction with the W4A 2013 Conference will take place at the WWW 2013 conference from May 13 to 15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Web Accessibility Challenge is organised as an opportunity for researchers and developers of advanced Web accessibility technologies to showcase their technologies to technical leaders in this area, not only from academia and industry but also from end-users of these technologies. To encourage and accelerate development of innovative and practically usable Web accessibility technologies; the Challenge is one part of the conference in which new experimental systems and technologies are submitted, compared, and judged by our independent panel of experts as to their significance in advancing research and technology in accessibility for that year.
Please note that submissions can be related to the theme, “Bring Your Own Device” but it is certainly not a requirement as all accessibility technologies are welcomed for the challenge.
We invite you to submit your work by submitting a:
- Two-page abstract (see the W4A submission page http://www.w4a.info/2013/submissions/)
- Demonstration movie (or audio recording) with audio description.
- Software is not required, but encouraged.
- Any kind of system is acceptable, such as standalone assistive technologies, voice browsers, browser plug-ins, server-based services, and telephony systems. Other accessibility technologies can be accepted (e.g., tactile browser).
- Open source systems are welcomed.
- Please contact us, if you have any questions about the coverage (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submission deadline is 15-Feb-2013 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time).
- Jan Richards. Editor W3C WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Working Group, Project Manager Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University Canada.
- Martyn Copper. Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK.
- Ana Isabel B.B. Paraguay. Consultant, Researcher at Officio Ergonomia, Brazil
- Mike Paciello. Founder & CEO The Paciello Group USA
A presentation and demonstration session will be part of the W4A event, so at least one of the authors is required to attend the conference.
A Judges Award and a Delegates Award will honour the best of the submissions. You will also have a chance to receive feedback from the judges as well as from the participants.
- 2013 Web Accessibility Challenge: Judges Award decided by the invited judges, who are experts from academia, industry and end-users.
- 2013 Web Accessibility Challenge: Delegates Award decided by the participants of the conference.
- Submissions should be sent to this email address: email@example.com
- You can also consider alternative methods for submission of large movie files such as uploading the file to YouTube. In this case, please add a tag “w4a2013” to the movie, and send the URL of the movie to the submission address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Abstracts and movies should emphasise the innovative ideas in the system. Do not demonstrate whole functions including usual or average functions.
- The demonstration movies should also be non-visually accessible, since some of referees are blind. Please consider adding audio descriptions to the submission movie, and do not add unnecessary audio (e.g., background music). In reality these presentations are intended to remove the need for the judges to install experimental application code and libraries on their own computers - in this case the technology is judged on its intended use - and so a screen reader for blind users may not have a textual output; in this case captioning the audio would be inappropriate. However, any visual presentation which is not part of the system - i.e. textual titles - should be audio described, and any audio, such as supplementary narration, should be captioned. In this way nothing is added to the system demonstration contained within the presentation, unless the submitter has augmented their work with additional descriptions etc.
- Abstracts should be in ACM/W4A paper format (see http://www.w4a.info/2013/submissions/), since abstracts will be published in the proceedings. Abstracts and movies will be stored in the ACM Digital Library.
For more information on the W4A 2013 Conference and this year's challenge, please see the website:
We would gladly welcome your participation with your latest achievements. We hope you will please consider joining in. If you know anyone else who may be interested in participating in this Challenge, please do forward this email along.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Rio
W4A Web Accessibility Challenge organizers
Greg Gay (OCAD University Canada)
Silvia Mirri (University of Bologna Italy)
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