W4A 2012 sponsors are supporters who have committed to sponsor the conference for this year. We’d really like to acknowledge our sponsors, without them the W4A would not exist. The sponsorship is mainly required to cover costs associated with the printing and shipping of conference proceedings (both in paper and electronic form). We also us it to waive the conference registration of our keynote speakers. Finally, a small amount from the sponsorship is used for conference expenses (stationary, printing of programs, this website, etc.).

MicrosoftMicrosoft is our long term sponsor of the Web Accessibility Challenge. Microsoft’s mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realise their full potential. Microsoft is committed to being a responsible industry partner by working with businesses, communities, and governments to help advance social and economic well-being and to enable people around the world to realise their full potential. Microsoft’s commitment and responsibilities as a global corporate citizen are grounded in our company mission and values, manifested through our business practices and operations, and carried out by thousands of Microsoft employees and suppliers worldwide.

GoogleGoogle is our long term sponsor of the Student Awards Programme. In little more than a decade, Google created one of the world’s largest global computing infrastructures for both internal and external use. Using our unique technologies along with open source tools, we keep Google’s customer-facing products running, robust and secure. Our objective is to create solutions that allow people to work and communicate in new and innovative ways – giving back to the world’s technical community whenever we can.

OpenConf (Zakon Group)The Zakon Group (via its OpenConf Software) is our long term submissions sponsor for the conference. OpenConf is an abstract and peer-review management system that greatly facilitates the submission and review processes for conferences, workshops, and symposia. The software is flexible enough that OpenConf is also used for journals, grants, books, and competitions.

 In Cooperation with the ACMEvery W4A Conference has been in-Cooperation with the ACM. The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society it delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

SIGWEBThe William Loughborough Memorial Address is now sponsored by the ACM SIGWEB. The ACM Special Interest Group on Hypertext and the Web is a community of scholars, researchers, and professionals who study and use the concepts and technologies of linked information that were originally conceived as hypertext and are most famously realized on the Web.

SIGACCESSThanks to SIGACCESS for all their support. ACM’s Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, SIGACCESS, promotes the interests of professionals working on research and development of computing and information technology to help persons with disabilities.

SIGCHIThanks to SIGCHI for all their support. SIGCHI is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology & human-computer interaction (HCI)

IW3C2Every W4A Conference has been endorsed by the IW3C2. The International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee (IW3C2), is the organization that manages the WWW Conference series. This series aims to provide the world a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture.

Interaction DesignThis year we also have a reciprocal advertising arrangement with Interaction Design. Interaction-Design.org is all about making research accessible. We deal with human-centered aspects of technology: Interaction Design, User Experience (UX), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Information Architecture (IA), Human Factors, Usability, and related fields.