Accessibility Club Conference 2018
Montag, 5. November 2018 von 09:00 bis 17:00
While the necessity and benefits of accessible services on the web are pretty obvious, web accessibility is still not a widespread practice. Common reasonsings range from putative additional efforts, tight budgets to the misbelief that „validity equals accessibilty“. In many cases, however, it seems that the majority of developers simply has no clue where to start — which comes as no surprise as most of them have never gotten their hands on assistive technology.
The Accessibility Club started out as a tiny meetup back in 2014. The „concept“ was more than simple: Take a bunch of webworkers, lock them into one room with a blind person and his screenreader and see what happens. It was instantly clear that there are tons of things the webworkers could and should learn — and the a11yclub became their conversational starting point.
In 2016, the Club went to Berlin for the first time, attracted more than 30 attendees and 2 international presenters. The format shifted towards a mixture of presentations and barcamp style sessions. When in 2017 Heydon Pickering, Laura Kalbag and Detlev Fischer joined in, a whopping 70 attendees clearly demonstrated that awareness has grown and the topic deserves a bigger stage. Other guests presenters so far include Marco Zehe, Kerstin Probiesch, Rodney Rehm, Marcy Sutton and Robin Christopherson.
For 2018, Stefan and Joschi, the two times Berlin organiser team, decided to take it even one step further: They’re excited (and admittedly a bit nervous) to invite you to the first ever full-day Accessibility Club Conference, scheduled for November 5th, 2018. They aim for ~150 attendees from all disciplines and knowledge levels, around 4 hand picked top-notch presenters, roughly the same number of shorter communtiy contributors and a variety of both technical, educational and motivational topics.
As with all the smaller gatherings before, the conference wants to give you the chance to get some real-world experience with assistive technology, deepen your knowledge about web accessibilty and get you in touch with like-minded webworkers. The goal is to enable you to make accessibility a natural part of your daily work and mindset.
There are still a lot of details to be defined, like the venue, the ticket price, the speakers beyond the great Léonie Watson, Raul Krauthausen, Charlie Owen and Alistair Duggin, and so on. Please read more about Joschi’s and Stefan’s plans and stay up to date at the event website
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There’s a Call for Papers running until July 15th, so please throw your hat into the ring and help to shape the event! Also, the organisers are searching for sponsors who are willing to stand out and support this one of a kind event — get in touch via email to email@example.com.
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