3...2...1...Launch! Here you will find the digital program for the AIR 2021 Kickoff. Listed below are the members of the AIR Advisory Board, this year's team mentors and judges, and the matches between developer teams and the organizations they will be designing for.
We want to thank all of the accessibility professionals who are volunteering their expertise for this year's competition. We also want to thank this year's sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible: The Cultural Arts Division of Austin, Visa, Big History Project, Rev, Monkee-Boy, Adobe, and ZenDesk.
Caleb Watson, Team Recruiting (Chair)
Paul Adam, Mentors (Chair)
Rob Carr, Judging (Chair)
Sarah Horton, Mentors (Co-Chair)
Tim Harshbarger, Mentors (Co-Chair)
Supriya Vijaya Kumar
Raghavendra Satish Peri
Usha Devi Pitchandi
Rob Carr (Chair)
Sheri Byrn Haber
Without further ado, we proudly present the matches for AIR 2021!
DDDD + Indie Team 1
Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD) is a Dutch platform that promotes disability inclusion in international development cooperation, through lobby, linking and learning. We believe in the power of inclusion. Change is needed. We are here for everyone who wants to make inclusion happen.
Indie Team 1 Members:
Ebere Vivian Akuche
Mentors: Komal Muluk & Raghavendrasatish Peri
Ada Lovelace + Indie Team 2
Starting with a need for empowering women and children, we formed our organization to provide sensible solutions. We've consistently grown since then, all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community! We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community. Our members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. Using data driven models, we provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference.
Indie Team 2 (HCL Technologies) Members:
Mentors: Geetha Somasundara & Gayatri Subramanian
LBJ Museum San Marcos + Indie Team 3
The LBJ Museum of San Marcos is dedicated to enhancing the appreciation for the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, with a primary focus on his years as a student at Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) and his teaching experience in South Texas. The LBJ Museum engages visitors in the exploration of President Johnson’s landmark Great Society legislation, both in how his student and early teaching experiences shaped his commitments and the impacts of his presidency on our lives today.
Indie Team 3 Members:
Mentors: Saroj Bala, Meryl Evans & Usha Devi
The Alfano Arts in Medicine Studio + Indie Team 4
The Alfano Arts in Medicine Studio (AIM) embraces the healing power of art. AIM's current home is in the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Columbia U. Irving Medical Center. Both onsite and through interactive virtual programming, the studio provides comfort and care through creative expression for patient children, their families, caretakers and hospital staff.
Indie Team 4 Members:
Mentors: Sarah Lynch & Jean Ducrot
Borderland Rainbow Center + Indie Team 6
Our mission is to create a community space in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) people and their allies can heal, grow, and empower themselves and others. This substance-free space is governed and run according to ethically sound standards and research-based practices for (LGBTQI) people and their allies. The BRC connects LGBTQI people to resources for improved physical and mental health, economic stability, legal rights, education, spiritual and cultural enrichment.
Indie Team 6 Members:
Adoree Del Toro
Mentors: Hareshkumar Punmiya & Suman Damera
Neil Hadder + Indie Team 7
I hold a PhD in anthropology and have for many years taught a wide-reaching course on the history of anthropological thought that now includes roughly 70,000 words of text and over 40 hours of audio. AIR is a fantastic opportunity to move this material onto the open web and make it a model of inclusive design.
Indie Team 7 Members:
Mentor: Siddharaj Suryavanshi
Triumph Foundation + Indie Team 8
Triumph Foundation’s mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with spinal cord injury/disorder to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.
Indie Team 8 Members:
Mentors: Emma Hardman & Alicia Evans
Brain Education Strategies + Indie Team 9
BEST provides low-cost tools & solutions to help those with brain injury and other cognitive challenges build confidence and live a more independent life.
Indie Team 9 Members:
Sierra Bailey-Van Kuran
Mentors: Sally Thoun & Sumner Davenport
UX Akron + User Zoom Owls
UX Akron is a non-profit user experience (UX) community in Northeast Ohio, primarily serving members from Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and Kent. We offer in-person events and online events covering all aspects of UX.
Our mission is to share knowledge and networking opportunities, and increase awareness of the benefits of UX in organizations and as a career.
User Zoom Owls Members:
Mentors: Pravin Kumar & Supriya Vijaya Kumar
Chica's Mom + UX San Antonio
Chicas Mom is an organization that supports Latina women on a variety of socioeconomic issues related to equity, justice, and community support.
UX San Antonio Members:
Mentors: Lisette Joscovich & Joe Burkhart
Anika Foundation + RBA11y
The Anika Foundation was set up in 2005 to raise funds for the purposes of supporting research into adolescent depression and suicide.
Mentor: Herin Hentry
Access Gallery + A for Access
Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts.
A for Access Members:
Mentor: Cindy Xavier
Casa Marianella ESL + Breaking Bad Access
Casa Marianella welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter and support services. Our ultimate vision is that all immigrants arriving in Austin will have safe housing and access to the services they need to be successful.
Breaking Bad Access (University of Texas at Austin) Members:
Mentors: Sunayana Chaudhury
Atlanta Jews of Color Council + Fixer Uppers
AJOCC is a grassroots Jewish organization doing racial equity work on the ground in and around Atlanta.
We believe the best leaders in diversity are ones with first hand, real lived experience. We are a multigenerational Black Jewish women-OWNED, and led nonprofit. AJOCC provides regional nuanced educational training and consultancy in intersectional social justice, and racial literacy from a unique vantage point.
Fixer Uppers (University of Texas at Austin) Members:
Mentors: Anupam Kale & Shantanu Ladkat
ACBA + S.M.O.R.E. Accessibility
The ACBA is dedicated to growing and strengthening the Austin-area cooperative community through increased consumer knowledge, inter-cooperative support and advocacy to make it easier to start and expand cooperatives.
S.M.O.R.E. Accessibility (University of Texas at Austin) Members:
Mentor: Richard Boardman
Paths to Literacy + Allies for A11y
Paths to Literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired provides several resources for families, teachers and services providers, including instructional strategies, training events and blogs.
Allies of A11y (Austin Area High Schools) Members:
Mentor: Santina Croniser
Caption America + Quietside Music Chamber Festival
The Quietside Chamber Music Festival is a series of chamber music concerts on the "Quiet Side" of Mount Desert Island, July-September.
Caption America members:
Mentor: Pavan Bandarupally
Hopeless Semantic + BookPeople United
BookPeople United is the employee-led union at BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas. They are represented by OPEIU Local 277.
Hopeless Semantic members:
Mentors: Manoj Gundu & Amena Kanchwala