W4A Camp

» Wednesday 20th of May, afternoon

In 2012, we created W4A Camp, a half-day anarchic event to discuss and learn about accessibility research. W4A camp takes place after the closing session and before the joint WWW/W4A panel and enables the delegates to discuss any topics they want. It is free, anyone can attend, BUT there are no facilities – we may be “reclaiming the streets’, squatting in the hotel lobby or bar, under a tree in the park, or in someone’s hotel room, and sniffing for Wi-Fi wherever we can get it. In-short anarchic and very flexible – BUT with the advantage of discussing work, ideas, research collaborations, demoing projects, giving advice to PhD students, hearing from IBM PwD awardees, discussing papers, or looking at what went wrong with your submission this year!

Either way, it will be exciting and productive with just a small amount of structure (leaders); you choose the topics, the presentations, the thread of the camp. During the first two days, delegates will propose themes, join existing themes, or will merge themes which are similar. Then, we decide the general themes – the rest is up to us all together!

How Will We Proceed?

  1. Before the conference and throughout the conference we can share our ideas using #w4a2015 social networking tag;
  2. During the conference we will put our ideas on our camp post-it wall;
  3. On Wednesday morning we will decide about the themes and also a meeting point; finally,
  4. After the 2nd session of the day, we will camp out.

Remember the W4A Camp is an unconference, so bring your demos, projects, half-baked research ideas, and your sense of inquiry. Don’t have a project? No worries; we’re looking for collaborators. There will be a wall for post-its and a camp grid over the main W4A conference days and we’ll post this on our social channels – so you can turn up even if you are not at the W4A. You don’t have to be a researcher to come. We’re not just computer scientists – we’re part of the Web4All. We encourage the work of practitioners, professionals, startup warriors, and academics in the humanities and political/social sciences. If you’re interested in submitting work to a W4A conference next year, this is definitely the meetup for you.

Camper Information

W4A Camp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. When you come, be prepared to share with W4A Campers. When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

No Spectators, Only Participants

Attendees must contribute in some way to support the event. All discussions are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall. The people present at the event will select the discussions they want to take part in. You are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their discussions are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can’t be present. Discussions promoting specific commercial products or companies are discouraged.

The Wearable Web

May 18-20, 2015 - Florence, Italy

Important dates
» March 4 — notifications
» March 13 — camera ready deadline
» April 1 — early registration ends


Intuit will award $2000 and $1000 to the best technical and communication papers

Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the W4A Doctoral Consortium

IBM will provide travel grants to the winners of the PwD Student Award

The Paciello Group will give the Judges' and Delegates' awards to the winners of the Accessibility Challenge

ACM SIGWEB sponsors the after-dinner "William Loughborough" keynote

ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial