Stump, Sing, & Hack with Deque at CSUN!

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Deque accessible karaoke event, with contestants and sign language interpreters

Perhaps you've heard the rumors, or you've read our other posts on what we have planned for CSUN this year. Think: Snacks, prizes, and a whole lot of accessibility "entertrainment." Yes, you read that right: This year, we're doing "entertraining," because there's no reason accessibility training and education has to be boring. On the contrary, web accessibility is at it's core, about inclusion - and what better way to convey this message than through fun-filled, engaging events that can be enjoyed by everyone?

All events are taking place at the CSUN "venue" - aka the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA. And now, without further ado....

Think you can Stump the SME?

...then step right up! CSUN is a great opportunity for our community to get together and geek out on all sorts of accessibility issues. We thought we'd take advantage of the event to host an informal Q&A session, where anyone can  bring us their accessibility issues. That's right, come at us with your accessibility questions and conundrums. No puzzle too big, no issue to small!  (Not to worry, we can talk about your "other" issues at the Deque Party and work through it during Accessible Karaoke. :)

And because we hope to generate teaching moments we can all benefit from, we thought that it would be fun to give away prizes if any of our audience participants  came up questions we couldn't answer. And so, Stump The SME came to be: our own brand of accessibility troubleshooting meets lighthearted game show. Plus, did we mention the prizes? There's prizes. We'll probably even have an overzealous emcee and some cheesy game-show music.

So if you want to give it your best shot and try to Stump The SME, then bring your toughest implementation problems and your hardest accessibility questions. We're ready for anything you throw our way. What's the worst that could happen, right? If all else fails, it'll be entertaining to watch, and you may even learn something from the sidelines.

When and Where:

This one of a kind event is happening March 1st at 3:30-5:30pm in Ballroom F on the second floor of Seaport Tower.

Inclusive Crooning: Sing your Heart Out for Digital Inclusion

What happens when you mix Karaoke with a bunch of people who are crazy about accessibility? You get accessible karaoke, and it's awesome. This is the 3rd year we've brought back this widely popular event, because people can't get enough of it. That, and who doesn't love karaoke...especially when it's accessible, so everyone can really put their best (or worst) voice forward?

Accessible karaoke is made accessible with ASL interpretation provided by LotuSIGN. Which is why, if you're interested in joining, it's especially important for you to sign up so we can make sure we can translate your song. Last day to sign up is February 23rd, so be sure to register if you want to participate.

Oh, and did we mention Accessible Karaoke will be held during our world famous Deque Party? There'll be snacks, drinks, a photo booth, a meet and greet with our buddies from IAAP, and yes...more prizes. Did we mention the prizes again? Yeah, there'll be more of those.

When and Where:

Sing your heart out (or just stand by to listen/watch and wince) during the Deque Party on Wednesday, March 1st from 6:30-10pm in the Palm Foyer, located on the 2nd floor.

Hack Away at your Accessibility Issues at the aXe Hackathon

Speaking of the return of wildly popular events, this year we're bringing back our aXe Hackathon. The debut event was so well-received last year that we just couldn't resist bringing it back for round two, or writing up an entire blog post about it.

That's because this year, Marcy Sutton and Wilco Fiers will be hosting the event. They'll be doing accessibility testing on open-source component libraries, WordPress templates and resources and who knows what else! There will be bug-bashing! There will be issue-reporting! Because if you have an accessibility issue that's not formally logged with the content owner, is it really an issue? (Don't answer that). The best part of the hackathon is that all experience levels are welcome, from seasoned developers to the web accessibility novice. If you can download the aXe browser plugin, you too, can become a web accessibility warrior.

When and Where:

Come join us to learn, hack and snack (yes, we have more snacks!) on Saturday, March 4 from 9am-12pm in the Solana Beach AB 1 Market Place.

You can check out the full calendar of Deque CSUN events here. We can't wait to see you there!

Special thanks to Denis Boudreau and CB Averitt for their additional contributions to this post

About 

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.