The W4A 2011 Organising Committee are delighted to announce that, two awards, each of up to US$1200 (including registration), are available to support students to enable them to attend W4A 2011. We now invite applications from interested students.
The 2nd "Student Awards Programme", sponsored since 2010 by Google, is organised to give an opportunity to high quality students with limited funding to attend the W4A Conference.
All dates are the target FINISH dates.
The deadlines have been chosen to give as much time as possible to allow successful applicants to make their travel and accommodation arrangements.
Cloud-computing is the technological paradigm where computing resources are distributed over the Internet. This way, the browser becomes the interface to access services and applications with almost unlimited storage capacity and processing power. Cloud-computing and the applications deployed over it facilitate collective intelligence and crowdsourcing phenomena, where millions of users can contribute to a common goal. Following these approaches, a number of successful projects that focus on web accessibility have been released in recent years. These developments range from platforms to collectively removing accessibility barriers to making assistive technologies widespread and available for all. These preliminary approaches such as online screen-readers and accessibility repairing applications have yielded promising results towards an inclusive web by removing both economical and accessibility barriers. In order to develop the cloud to its full potential as far as accessibility is concerned, there are still several research questions that should address the weak points and challenges in a timely manner in order to create an inclusive Web.
Students with interests related to this year's topic are encouraged but it is certainly not a requirement as all students with an interest in accessibility technologies are welcome to apply.
This award is open to any student in a postgraduate position (part time or full time Masters students and above - however, we would mainly expect Doctoral candidates) at a University or other Higher Education institution, AND who is carrying out research that is directly relevant to the field of web accessibility. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented parts of the world.
If you would like to apply, we require the following documents as part of your submission:
Please send these documents with a covering email to email@example.com - You will receive an email acknowledgement on successful receipt of your application
Each submission will be carefully reviewed by members of the W4A Steering Committee. Submissions will be judged on a number of quality factors, each of which you should consider when writing your application:
The awards are made as follows:
Conditions of receiving the award are as follows. Successful applicants will:
If you have any questions relating to the submission process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This years W4A is endorsed by the IW3C2 in cooperation with the ACM and its Special Interest Groups SIGWEB and SIGCHI. The general conference is supported by IBM Research, Microsoft, and Google, while the Web Accessibility Challenge is specifically sponsored by Microsoft, and the Student Awards are specifically sponsored by a Google.