Re: Accessibility Hackfest - Further Planning

I updated the program on the wiki page. Could everyone check it is OK
and your attendance is right? I also updated WIllie's new talk time

@Willie - there's a couple of type-os on your talk summary - 'th' & 'GNOE'


On 10 February 2010 18:25, Eitan Isaacson <eitan monotonous org> wrote:
> Hello.
> The date is coming up, I think it is time for more planning.
> While a lot of the recent news is discouraging regarding GNOME a11y, I
> hope this upcoming event may be used in a matter that will further our
> cause. The attendance is ending up on the lower side, with the ATRC
> folks not being able to make it, and Willie Walker's recent ordeal.
> So, if there are other folks who think they want to make it, we have
> some travel money put aside, and we could hopefully work something
> out.
> The original plan was an AT developer's summit, where AT folks would
> work on expanding the feature set of their apps, get to demo them to
> potential users, and get ideas from commercial alternatives. I think
> these goals might suffer a bit on the account of not many AT devs
> showing up. So here is a new proposal for the event's focus, hopefully
> it will also be more relevant to the situation we are in right now:
> Schedule
> =======
> March 23: All day hackfest (need to secure a venue).
> March 24-26: Hackfest/Showroom/Conference
> March 27: Booth wrap-up.
> Hackfest
> --------------
> * Let's start dog fooding 3.0 in person, iron out kinks and populate
> bugzilla. I know for myself, Accerciser needs a ton of work for
> at-spi2. It would be cool if we could have maybe a 2 hour session
> where in the first hour we all try out this stuff at once an file all
> the issues we run into, in the second hour triage all of it. Maybe
> Mike Gorse could lead this bit?
> * Let's do a similar session with Webkit. Maybe Joanie could guide us
> through this. The focus would be areas where Joanie and the Orca team
> have not worked already.
>  * Would this be useful with GNOME-Shell? It seems like the issues are
> known, I don't know if this would be a wise use of our time.
>  * What else? How could we use the little amount of time we have in person?
> Showroom
> ----------------
> * We will be demonstrating GNOME to the industry and to users. As far
> as I know, we are the only ones offering a completely free, open and
> accessible personal computing platform, this is huge, and this is why
> we are going to CSUN. In better times Sun would be there too
> showcasing GNOME, but not this year.
> * From my experience in this conference, talk is cheap and many
> organizations say generous things, I want us to be able to follow
> through with this. While it might be wishful thinking on my end, I
> think we need to be prepared for two things:
>   1. Some foundation or company that uses GNOME and wants to improve
> a11y for it's own use, or it's own sake. I want us to be able to
> follow through with this and offer them CVs of dedicated GNOME a11y
> hackers. We could play a part in getting the next grantee, contractor,
> full-time a11y hackers employed.
>   2. Organizations that use GNOME already and depend on it need to
> understand that they should get involved, and should join the GNOME
> advisory board. When we hear of such orgs, we need to get them in
> touch with Stormy. It would be good both for foundation funding and
> for a11y interests on the AD board.
>  * Ben won't be able to do braille handouts, we should find an alternative.
> Conference
> ----------------
> We have four complimentary conference passes. I already know that
> Bryen and Mike showed interest in attending the conference. There are
> strings attached to the passes, we want to get the most out of them.
> Attendees should be reporting back on the conference into the GNOME
> community, this includes:
>  * Planet GNOME posts
>  * Tweets/ (I am willing to post daily digests of tagged
> tweets to my blog and to the planet).
>  * Articles for a future GNOME Journal accessibility issue (didn't
> actually ask the GJ folks about this, but they are thirsty for
> content, right?).
>  * Writing for other FOSS (or mainstream) media?
> I blitz of a few days in the GNOME sphere will raise a11y awareness
> among the general developers and community, and we need this kind of
> awareness for GNOME 3.0.
> I and Steve Lee will each be presenting at CSUN, I have not written my
> talk yet, any input is welcome.
> Cheers,
>   Eitan.
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