The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) is an annual web design contest. It was created to teach accessible digital design skills in the context of a fun, friendly web raising competition that benefits small nonprofits and independent artists. The rules ensure that we all have a common understanding and shared goals as we learn about inclusive design while building accessible websites for our communities.
Welcome to AIR! The rules of the road are summarized below to help you make the most of the AIR experience. We expect teams to take full advantage of the trainers, mentors, and resources provided in order to create highly accessible and usable web sites for artists and nonprofit groups that serve the community.
Basic rules for the competition are summarized below. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have questions.
1.1 The Accessibility Internet Rally (the “Rally”) involves designers (“Entrants”) and community organizations such as artists, charities and nonprofits (“Clients”) creating a website (“an Entry”) for each Client that is accessible to people with disabilities.
1.2 The Rally is organized by Knowbility and supported by Entrant and Client registration fees, grants, sponsorship, and contributions from local agencies, businesses, schools, and individuals.
1.3 AIR activities are posted; all registered design teams (Entrants) and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) must be represented at the AIR activities as noted on the registration forms.
1.4 Any notices to Entrants, including changes to these Rules, announcements of winners, notices of disqualification, or otherwise, may be posted at the Rally Website and/or sent by email to Entrants.
2.1 The Accessibility Internet Rally is open to participants in three categories:
2.1.1 Community Organizations: to qualify in this category, entities must be either a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization or an entity that exists for community benefit such as a church group, an arts organization, or a performance organization, or individual artists and performers, to be decided at the discretion of the Organizer.
2.1.2 Web design team: to participate in this category, a group of up to 6 web and related professionals sign on as a team. Each web design team shall be considered a single Entrant. No person may enter more than once, either individually or as part of any team. If an Entrant uses the name of a corporation, partnership or other legal entity, the Entrant certifies it has the permission of the entity to do so.
2.1.3 Individual web professional: Individuals may sign on to participate and will be matched to other individuals at the discretion of the Organizer to create a Web Design Team.
2.2 All Entrants must be officially registered to participate in the competition. Participants register by completing the appropriate entry form. Upon the Organizer’s acceptance of this form, participants will be sent a confirmation email message. The Organizer may rely on its records and, if it chooses, participant’s possession of an email confirmation, as full and complete evidence that participant is successfully registered.
2.3 Organizer reserves the right to limit participants to any number it chooses, using any mechanism it selects, subject to these rules and applicable state and federal laws, including non-discrimination laws.
2.4 By participating in the Rally, participants fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these Rules.
2.5 The organizer can, at any time and without notification of reason, exclude or disqualify any Entrant whom it believes has not complied with these Rules. The organizer can, at any time, exclude or disqualify any Entrant whose participation it reasonably believes would violate state or federal law.
3.1 Entries must be the Entrant’s own original work or appropriately acknowledged open source materials.
3.2 Entrants are required to submit their Entries in accordance with a mechanism determined by the Organizer This mechanism shall include instructions for preparing files for upload, file specifications including file type and file size and location for uploading.
3.3 Entrants will be given access to a collection of online resources (training) to help them build accessible Web sites. Entrants will be expected to read and familiarize themselves with these resources prior to the Rally.
3.4 Entrants must be represented at the mandatory activities associated with the Rally.
4.1 Entries will be judged by one or more Judges selected from a Judging Committee, comprised of experts in accessible design, to be determined and invited by the Organizer.
4.2 The Judges will judge each Entry based on the following criteria: (1) accessibility; (2) creativity; (3) usability; (4) aesthetics and (5) extensibility of concept to a larger website. In addition, Judges will accept the judgment of the nonprofit partner to score the category of appropriateness for the intended audience. The NPO partner will determine to what extent the Entry meets the need of the nonprofit constituency.
4.3 In order to encourage more interactive, sophisticated, community-driven sites and fuller user experience, the use of third-party modules or pre-existing components is allowed under these conditions:
4.3.1 Third-party modules or pre-existing components may include discussion forums, shopping carts, video (including captions and audio descriptions), audio files and transcripts, Flash movies, blogs, and PDF documents.
4.3.2 Entrants may enhance the accessibility of third-party components or pre-existing modules prior to the AIR Kick-Off.
4.3.3 The third-party component or pre-existing module may not be the interface/template for the entire website.
4.3.4 The third-party component or pre-existing module will be judged as part of the site. No bonus points will be awarded for the use of such components. However, this does not preclude the judges from awarding bonus points for effective and innovative modifications for accessibility.
4.3.5 The decisions of the Judges are final and binding.
I have read the Rally Rules and agree to abide by them.
I have reviewed the judging form and understand the goals of an accessible website for the Rally.
I understand that participating in AIR will take, on average, 5 hours a week of my time during the competition (from the kickoff to the submission of the websites for judging) and I will make certain my schedule can accommodate this time.
I understand that signing up for AIR is a real commitment and that Knowbility and the AIR client are counting on my team to participate for the entire Rally and to design an attractive, accessible, usable website by the deadline date.
I will promptly answer messages from other team members, the client and Knowbility.
My team will make every effort to submit the AIR client's website on the due date and understand that our team will be disqualified from the competition if we miss this date.
I will transfer the website and maintenance knowledge of the AIR website we build to the AIR client so that they can take over the materials and use the site as they wish.
I will provide/have provided at least one primary phone number for the team, and one email address for each person on my team (minimum of 4, no more than 6 per team).
I will designate a team Captain responsible for keeping team members in the loop for program updates or new opportunities for learning and networking.
I will complete the AIR Team Questionnaire so that Knowbility can match me & my team appropriately with an AIR client.
I will meet with my AIR client at least once every other week during the rally, in person, by phone, or by video conference.
I will check in with my mentor at least once a week with questions or updates.
At least one member of our team will attend the Kickoff (this will be both online and in- person in Austin, TX).
At least one member of our team will attend the final day event (online or in-person).
At least one member of our team will attend the award ceremony (online or in-person).