Anyone out there that teaches or works with undergrad CS and MIS
students? This is something that might be of interest to them. It's
definitely a great step in the Universal Design direction.
IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006
It's a contest for undergraduates, in which they learn about accessibility,
(a) develop extensible accessibility validation tool for word processing
documents created in Open Document Format (the emerging XML standard
document format for saving and exchanging office documents); or
(b) develop anything at all that addresses the theme of the competition
("practical applications that can seriously impact people's lives")
There's more info here:
Want to change the world? Start with the code.
College is about finding the intersection between your dreams and making
a difference. It's a chance to turn the things you're passionate about
into practical applications that can seriously impact people's lives.
This fall, IBM is searching for innovative student developers willing to
put their coding skills to the test to potentially change the way people
use and interact with technology.
The IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006 is an opportunity to
showcase your own unique brand of creative genius. Get some excellent
experience. Score some cool prizes. And maybe use what interests you
most—technology—to improve the IT experience of a wide range of users,
including people with disabilities, older users, and users who speak
The contest is divided into two phases and will require you to do a
little homework on open standards, open source, and accessibility. But
if you're willing to put in the time, you could end up with a Lenovo
ThinkPad or an Apple iPod Nano for your efforts.