About Accessibility Unconferences
The Boston event is a combination of "unconference" and "conference". While we are scheduling some sessions in advance, there will still be slots available for people who want to present a session or moderate a discussion.
This event brings together developers, usability professionals, web designers, other IT professionals, and end-users with disabilities together in an informal, non-threatening environment to learn from each other and to promote universal design of and accessibility to IT.
What's more, the event will be free of charge to participants. However, donations of any size are gratefully accepted to help provide food, drinks, and more.
The target audience is intended to include: web developers, software developers, people involved in Government 2.0, other IT professionals, usability professionals, students of computer science/web development/multimedia/IT, along with end-users with disabilities and IT accessibility professionals. The expectation is that many, but not all, participants will be at the introductory to intermediate-level when it comes to being knowledgeable about accessibility.
Topics and Schedule
We will be posting a "call for speakers" if you would like to present. Some of those sessions will be scheduled in advance, and we will post and update the schedule.
It is also hoped that there will be an opportunity for participants to be exposed to adaptive technologies, and if feasible, get hands-on experience navigating either the web or Windows as a person with a disability would.
Sponsorship and Funding
This event will be free of charge to participants. It will be funded exclusively through sponsorships both financial and/or in-kind (e.g., space). Those sponsoring aspects of the event will receive recognition on the website, on signage throughout the event, and on Twitter.