Grass Roots Access: First Cycle

Hello all!

In an effort to bring accessibility out of the dark and into the mainstream, core aspect of Web applications and engineering, a new, grass-roots, International, volunteer organization is being formed. Together, we will examine what kind of activism or advocacy is necessary at all layers of society to ensure that access to the Web for all people becomes an integral part of professional Web site and application engineering.

If you are interested in joining, please check in with your name, location, and comments. Once we have a critical mass of folks, we’ll discuss building the email/wiki/communication infrastructure before moving on to task lists and ideas.

Come with your heart, your passion. It may not be easy, but it’s been done and done successfully in the years of the Web Standards Project. As one of that mission’s many mothers and fathers, I know that we are capable of bringing about MASS change.

The WaSP has closed its doors, believing the mission it set out to do is enough. I don’t agree – Web standards is still not reaching core infrastructure in many places, but the fact is we’re maturing beyond just standards. We now have a realized Open Web Stack, and are able to begin looking at standards as merely a portion, albeit a significant one, of a movement not over, but merely just begun.

I look forward to what we can do together!

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Meet the W3C CSS Working Group!

While February in Tucson brings with it gems and rodeo days, this year it also celebrates a serious dose of people who make the Web!

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) CSS Working Group is coming to town, and will be joining with city, university and community folks for a meetup during their stay in the Old Pueblo.

Along with private meetings, a free, public meetup will be held @spoke6 on Tuesday, February 5th 2013 beginning at 6:30. Short talks as well as group discussions will be moderated by Tucson’s own @mollydotcom with presentations by the following awesome humans:

  • Bert Bos (W3C), Co-father of the CSS language
  • Daniel Glazman, Disruptive Innovations, Co-chair of the working group
  • Tab Atkins, Google Chrome
  • Elika “Fantasai” Etemad, Mozilla Corporation
  • Simon Sapin, Kozea, Developer of WeasyPrint, tinycss
  • Folks from Microsoft, Adobe, UofA, the community and more!

The price of this fabulous lineup? FREE! There will be wine, beer, nibbles and other refreshments and time to visit casually with everyone before and after the moderated portion.

 

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Ladies Who Code: New York

Ladies Who Code conference is a one-day, one-track conference in NYC featuring the world’s leading female technologists.

Ladies Who Code ConferenceLadies Who Code was founded in NYC in 2011 to create a space for professional female developers to come together and share their knowledge, ideas, and solutions. It now has branches in London, Manchester, and shortly San Francisco.

Ladies Who Code Conference will take place on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at Bloomberg in NYC and feature six outstanding keynotes including Molly Holzschlag (Open Web Evangelist, Knowbility), Vanessa Hurst (Developers for Good), Emma Persky (Google), and Tracy Pesin (Bit.ly) as well as a session of lightning talks from emerging tech talent.

Tickets are available via the website: http://2012.ladieswhocode.com/. Please join me for this one day, insightful event!

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