TPG Accessibility Challenge

The Paciello GroupThe 8th “Web Accessibility Challenge” is your opportunity to showcase advanced Web and Mobile technologies to technical leaders from academia and industry. The main goal of the Challenge is to encourage and accelerate the development of innovative and usable technologies, as well as provide feedback from end-users and experts in the field. The Challenge is where experimental systems and technologies are compared and evaluated both by the delegates and an independent panel of judges to identify the most significant advances in accessibility research that year. Our deadlines have been chosen to give successful applicants as much time as possible for making their travel and accommodation arrangements.


  • Judges Award is decided by a panel of judges
  • Delegates Award is decided by the audience

Submission materials

  • Two-page abstract following the formatting requirements of the main track.
  • Demonstration movie or audio recording
  • Software is not required, but encouraged

Conference attendance

A presentation and demonstration will be part of the W4A event, thus attendance of at least one author is mandatory.

System requirements

  • Any kind of system that improves usability and accessibility is acceptable, such as mobile applications, assistive technologies, voice browsers, browser plug-ins, server-based services, telephony systems, etc.
  • Open source systems are welcome

Submission details

  • Submissions should be sent to this email address:
  • For large movie files, you can consider alternative methods for submission such as posting on YouTube; in this case, please add a tag “w4a2015″ to the movie, and submit the URL of the movie
  • Abstracts and movies should emphasize the innovative ideas in the system; do not demonstrate whole functions including usual or average functions
  • The demonstration movies should be non-visually accessible; please consider adding audio descriptions and not adding unnecessary audio (e.g., background music)

Challenge Judges

  • Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C
  • Giorgio Brajnik, University of Udine
  • Chet Cooper, ABILITY Magazine
  • David Sloan, The Paciello Group
  • Markel Vigo, University of Manchester


If you have any questions relating to the submission process, please email

  • Vivienne Conway, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • Luz Rello, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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