Accessibility Club Conference 2018

Event details

Event name Accessibility Club Conference 2018
Twitter @a11yclub
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  • English
Location Berlin, Germany
Date November 5th, 2018
Description
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](https://accessibility-club.org)** 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](https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZafYk4). 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](https://flic.kr/s/aHskNj1H7c) 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](http://www.heydonworks.com/), [Laura Kalbag](https://laurakalbag.com/) and [Detlev Fischer](http://www.3needs.org/en/) joined in, a whopping [70 attendees clearly demonstrated](https://flic.kr/s/aHskriq2DU) that awareness has grown and the topic deserves a bigger stage. Other guests presenters so far include [Marco Zehe](https://www.marcozehe.de/), [Kerstin Probiesch](http://www.barrierefreie-informationskultur.de/), [Rodney Rehm](https://rodneyrehm.de/en/), [Marcy Sutton](https://marcysutton.com/) and [Robin Cristopherson](https://www.abilitynet.org.uk/robinchristopherson). ___ For 2018, [Stefan](https://www.stefanjudis.com/) and [Joschi](https://jkphl.is/), 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**. 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. The event in run **not-for-profit**, anticipates **150-200 participants** and is the first internationally oriented conference in the German-speaking area that covers the topic of „web accessibility“. The [Spreespeicher](https://colloq.io/events/accessibility-club/2018/berlin/1/venues/spreespeicher) in Berlin serves as centrally located, well-connected and **structurally fully accessible venue**. Besides the four selected speakers * [Léonie Watson](https://tink.uk/) (The Paciello Group, W3C) * [Raúl Krauthausen](https://raul.de/) (Sozialhelden) * [Charlie Owen](https://sonniesedge.co.uk/) (Springer Nature) * [Alistair Duggin](http://alistairduggin.co.uk/) (Government Digital Service) 4-5 additional speakers will be picked through a public and anonymous [«Call For Papers»](https://colloq.io/events/accessibility-club/2018/berlin/1/callforpapers). Further topic proposals can be submitted here until July 15th. ## We need your help! In order to achieve our goals need your help: * If you think you can **contribute by giving a presentation**, please consider our [call for papers](https://colloq.io/events/accessibility-club/2018/berlin/1/callforpapers)! * If you think you or your employer can **support as a sponsor**, please [get in touch](mailto:hello@a11y-club.org). * In any case you can **help spreading the word** so that all potential attendees, contributors and sponsors take note of this conference. Thanks for your support! ❤️ Joschi & Stefan

Application details

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We want our conference to be as accessible and welcoming as possible — for everyone. That's why we try hard to keep the ticket price as low as possible and skip all unneccesary cruft. Additionally, we'll give out free **Scholarship / Diversity Tickets** and strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in tech to apply. This includes, but is not limited to: women-identifying persons, people of color, LGBTQIA people, people with physical and mental disabilities, people facing economic and / or political hardships. An additional scholarship / diversity ticket will be unlocked for every [supporter ticket](#supporter-ticket) we sell (see above). To apply for a scholarship / diversity ticket, please send a brief informal [email to hello@a11y-club.org](mailto:hello@a11y-club.org) and let us know why the conference shouldn't happen without your attendance.
Deadline for applications November 4th, 2018 00:00:00 UTC
Number of available diversity tickets 15 tickets
What's funded?
Ticket Accomodation Travel