2013 OZeWAI Conference

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OZeWAI 2013 will be held in John Scott House, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria.

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Keynote Speakers:

Gerardo Capiel


Gerardo Capiel,
VP Engineering,

 Charles Nevile  

Charles Nevile, Yandex,
W3C Advisory Board, schema.org,
HTML5 Accessibility Chair


Special Topics for 2013

  • A half-day session for managers and administrators and the OZeWAI community;
  • How to manage making multimedia resources accessible;
  • HTML 5 and accessibility;
  • AccessForAll - matching resources to users' individual needs, and
  • ATAG 2.0

November 27th in the morning will be devoted to an accessibility summit: we will start with a quick review of the problems people and organisations have with accessibility. What are the most common problems - for users, for developers, for resource providers, for managers? Then we will discuss how experts work to solve the problems. The target audience is two-fold - those who do the testing, fixing and planning for accessibility  and those who have, inevitably, a problem they or their organisation needs to solve.

On November 29th, there will be a concurrent special day devoted to metadata for metadata experts. A number of the sessions will be suitable for accessibility experts.

General topics for November 27 - 29, 2013

General topics for 2013 are:

  • WCAG 2.0, ATAG 2.0 implementation and compliance
  • auditing Websites and resources for adaptability and standards compliance
  • open source accessibility solutions
  • W3C technologies, techniques, and resources for accessibility
  • accessible and inclusive design
  • and more.

Who should attend OZeWAI?

We always try to plan for the participants we expect to join us. The following list is not exhaustive but should be indicative:

  • Techies. We always like to support the techie folk. Adaptability depends upon the expertise of technical people and we are keen to ensure that OZeWAI is a good forum for exchange between members of this class.
  • Exhibitors. Yes - we especially like our trade partners - we cannot solve the adaptability problems without the tools and expertise they offer and we would like to see more participation on the part of those who can offer solutions to those with the problems.
  • Educators. A significant number of people working in the field of adaptability are also within the educational domain. This year we will continue the practice of having a stream of events designed especially for this community. We will be encouraging senior administrators, managers, designers and the technical teams to join us.
  • Internationalisation and multi-lingual content developers and managers. Providing resources in multiple languages, and resources that are suitable for international use, is not as easy as it might be. experts and novices can work together on this topic.
  • Symbolic language resource developers. Using the Web to distribute maths, science, music and other symbolically represented content in a standard way is essential if everyone is to be able to access it.
  • Information managers. A significant new group of professionals who are able to make a difference to the accessibility of resources using metadata are especially welcome at OZeWAI.
  • Researchers. Adaptability is a lively field. There is some exciting research being done and the results are sometimes surprising. Papers that report this research are welcomed. Where papers have already been published elsewhere, presenters might like to submit a short paper to present their work in this forum.
  • Managers. Just how critical is good management to adaptability? We appreciate that it is crucial but also that often managing the associated activities means working in a new domain for those responsible. This stream is designed to help managers and those responding to managers' concerns. Managers often want to know what they should know, what they should do, what they should expect others to do, and how much it will all cost.
  • Users and ideas people! Without both these, nothing would happen!

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Conference format

OZeWAI conferences offer hands-on workshops, plenary presentations, informal work sessions, research reports, and time for discussion. The venue is ideal for small group discussion and the program, with lunches and dinners included, will provide opportunities for participants to interact with presenters informally.

Conference costs

We will offer three full days registration with presentations, workshops, a BBQ night, a dinner and a wind-up cocktail, as well as the standard morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

  • $450 for 3 day registration
  • $350 for 3 day registration for students and presenters
  • $150 for single day registration
  • $120 for single day registration for students

All costs include GST. Price includes all catering and social activities for the day of registration.

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