Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What makes this event different from a traditional conference?
  2. Is this the first participant-driven event on digital accessibility?
  3. How much does it cost to participate in the event?
  4. How can I sponsor the event?
  5. When and where is the event taking place?
  6. Who should attend the event?
  7. What topics will be covered at the event?
  8. If I want to present on a topic, how will that work?
  9. If I present, am I expected to have a slide deck?
  10. If I present on a topic, what AV will be available?
  11. What's happening for lunch?
  12. How do I indicate disability-related accommodation requests?
  13. Will there be WIFI at the event?
  14. Is there a Twitter account I can follow for the latest information on the event?
  15. Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event?
  16. Where can I stay if I am coming in from out of town?

What makes this event different from a traditional conference?

Accessibility Camp Bay Area is a participant-driven event, known as a BarCamp or unconference. Participants drive the day, including shaping the schedule by suggesting topics of interest when they register. We follow many of the elements of the barcamp or unconference format. You are encouraged to check out the Wikipedia entry for BarCamp to get an overall feel of what to expect during the day.

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Is this the first participant-driven event on digital accessibility?

Accessibility Camp Bay Area is part of a series of sister events whose focus has been on digital accessibility and users with disabilities. Since 2009, these have taken place in: Washington D.C., Boston, Guelph, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Tokyo, Seattle and Los Angeles. Visit the Accessibility Camp website to learn more about the broader community that Accessibility Camp Bay Area is joining.

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How much does it cost to participate in the event?

This event is free to attend.

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How can I sponsor the event?

If you are interested in supporting the event, drop an e-mail to a11ycampbay@gmail.com.

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When and where is the event taking place?

Accessibility Camp Bay Area will take place Saturday, October 29 at LinkedIn, 222 2nd St, San Francisco 94105.

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Who should attend the event?

Whether you are just getting started or advanced in your knowledge on digital accessibility, a student, professional, or a person with a disability, the event is for you. It is an opportunity for designers, developers, usability, accessibility, other IT professionals and users with disabilities to share and interact with each other. Whether you spend all, some, or none of your time working in digital accessibility, so long as you have an interest, please consider registering to attend.

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What topics will be covered at the event?

When registering, participants tell us what digital accessibility topic(s) they would like to hear about. A list of possible topics are listed here as examples. We will do our best to find local or out-of-town speakers to cover the most popular topics requested.

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If I want to present on a topic, how will that work?

Indicate your interest in speaking when you register and we will be in touch. Topics will be collected and either single person or panels lasting 45 minutes will be slotted into the schedule. Three sessions will run concurrently. No one is guaranteed a presentation slot, this is determined based on interest of fellow attendees. For anyone thinking of presenting, please read How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

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If I present, am I expected to have a slide deck?

If you end up presenting, you are welcomed to use a slide deck. However, given the informal nature of the event, it is not a must. Bryce Johnson with Accessibility Camp Seattle explained it best when he said: "we want to emphasize conversation and reduce presentation." Also, if you choose to provide handouts, you are responsible for making sure to bring accessible formats (e.g., Word, tagged PDF). E-mail a11ycampbay@gmail.com with any questions. For anyone thinking of presenting, please read How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

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If I present on a topic, what AV will be available?

All rooms will have data projectors. You are responsible for bringing your own laptop, if you choose to use a presentation deck. You'll also be asked to provide an electronic copy to be linked to the event site post-event.

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What's happening for lunch?

Lunch will be provided free of charge to registered attendees. Be sure to indicate any dietary requirements when you register.

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How do I indicate disability-related accommodation requests?

Please indicate whether you will need disability-related accommodations on the registration form. As this event is funded through sponsors, accommodations will be available based on funding received. You will be contacted to confirm accommodations prior to the event. All disability-related accommodations must be received no later than February 21 to allow for time to confirm appropriate arrangements.

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Will there be WIFI at the event?

There will be free WIFI at the event.

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Is there a Twitter account I can follow for the latest information on the event?

The Twitter handle for Accessibility Camp Bay Area is @a11ycampbay.

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Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event?

The Twitter hashtag for the event is #A11yCampBay. We encourage folks attending in person and remotely to use the hashtag.

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Where can I stay if I am coming in from out of town?

For information on nearby hotels, email a11ycampbay (at)gmail(dot)com.

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