Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the W4A Doctoral Consortium. In little more than a decade, Google created one of the world’s largest global computing infrastructures for both internal and external use. Using their unique technologies along with open source tools, Google’s keeps customer-facing products running, robust and secure.
IBM will provide travel grants to the winners of the PwD Student Award. IBM Research is taking the lead in making information technology accessible to many people, including those with disabilities. Our early and frequent pioneering efforts led to a number of first-of-a-kind technology innovations that transformed the assistive technology landscape and provided people with disabilities unprecedented access to technology. Technologies such as wireless communications and speech recognition improve the ability to access information for those who have disabilities and are also increasingly in demand by today’s society seeking convenience and ease of use. Envisioning the world where everyone can have equal access to the full benefits of a digital life and maximize their potential, regardless of age or ability, IBM Research is placing a strong focus on Web accessibility research today to enhance human ability through innovation.
Intuit will award $2000 and $1000 to the best technical and communication papers . Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Their flagship products and services, including QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax software, simplify small business management, payroll and payment processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries and Lacerte are Intuit’s leading tax preparation software suites for professional accountants.
ACM SIGWEB sponsors the after-dinner William Loughborough” keynote. 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 realised on the Web.
The Paciello Group will give the Judges’ and Delegates’ awards to the winners of the Accessibility Challenge. TPG employs the most knowledgeable and experienced technology and business consultants in the field of software accessibility. Experts in assistive technology, accessible design, usability, quality assurance testing and web development, TPG consultants work with their clients to help bridge the information gap in accessibility that exists in most enterprises today. TPG consultants show their clients the most efficient and cost effective way to address accessibility and to reach out to the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities as potential customers and partners.