Computerworld Honors Deque for Amaze Technology

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Deque's Vice President of Product Development, Dylan Barrell, and CEO, Preety Kumar, accept the 21st Century Achievement Award.

On Monday evening, Deque Systems attended the Computerworld Honors Laureate Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. We were thrilled to be awarded the 21st Century Achievement Award in the category of Innovation for our ground-breaking Amaze technology.

The Computerworld Honors program has been awarding "organizations that use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and business, and change the world for the better" for 25 years. In order to be considered for the award, the organization must also fit the following criteria:

  • Provides a significant benefit to society in one of the 11 outlined categories.
  • Addresses a social or humanitarian need, either alleviating or resolving it.
  • Is currently in use, and demonstrating measurable results for its target beneficiaries.
  • Develops a new technology, or takes an existing technology and applies it in novel way, to meet a specific social or humanitarian need.

In March, it was announced that Deque was one of 267 laureates, chosen after a rigorous application and review process. From that group, a panel of judges narrowed down 5 finalists in each of the eleven categories, and then from those, one 21st Century Award winner was chosen.  Deque is honored to have been selected for this year's 21st Century Achievement Award in Innovation.

About Amaze

Amaze provides greater flexibility and speed-to-market by enabling accessibility fixes to be developed outside of a site's code base. Server-side "accessibility overlays" are programmed and housed within the Amaze servers and are delivered to the user in real-time when a page loads. The Amaze overlays seamlessly replace buggy code that makes the site inaccessible. Because Amaze accessibility overlays can be developed independently of a site's source code, accessibility enhancements can be deployed rapidly, and without tasking an organization's development resources.

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For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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