FCC Hosts Open Developer Day: Accessibility Innovation

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission will sponsor an Open Developer Day event at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC, to promote collaboration between Web developers in the public and private sectors, in furtherance of FCC goals to further innovation in accessible technologies and foster citizen participation in open government.

This will be a public, single-day event that prioritizes accessibility goals, though other Web solutions are also of interest. The event will feature guest engineers from the Yahoo! Developer Network and Yahoo!’s Accessibility team, and will have a component addressing the requirements and opportunities in the new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

The event will run from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with registration between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. There will be no charge to participate. Any developer is welcome to participate, and is expected to bring his or her own laptop computer.

The event follows the September launch of the agency's developer community at fcc.gov and first set of public APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to provide better computer-to-computer access to various FCC data sets. Attendees at the event will be introduced to FCC's data sets and new APIs, and they can work on any idea of their choosing.

Open-source Yahoo! tools are available that facilitate interactions between data sets, software, and other objects — to create new value in combination with FCC data sets and APIs. The YQL service, for example, lets developers work with data from anywhere on the web. To help them build solutions quickly and efficiently, Yahoo! provides the YUI library and Module Gallery for JavaScript and CSS tools. Yahoo! also provides design patterns for faster prototyping.

A priority area is the development of a web application that will serve as a clearing-house of information on accessible information and communication technologies (ICT). The clearinghouse is intended to make it as easy as possible for people with disabilities, families, and support professionals to find information about accessible technologies. The FCC will also be interested in other innovative ways that public APIs may be used to add value to the FCC.gov and Broadband.gov web sites.

The FCC is leaving the choice of intellectual property licensing to each developer for code contributions made.

If you would like to participate, send an RSVP by email to Mikelle Morra. Then, arrive for check-in at 445 12th Street, SW, between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. (If a disability-related accommodation is needed, send an email, or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice) or 202-418-0432 (TTY).)

DISCLAIMER: FCC involvement in this event does not indicate an endorsement by the Commission of any product, service or enterprise, including those of Yahoo! Inc.