About the 10-year anniversary event

After 2019's very first and hugely successful summit in Berlin and our cancelled attempt in 2020 we are giddy with excitement to announce our next summit for 2024, which will also mark our 10-year Accessibility Club anniversary 🎉! Again, the summit will (hopefully) be jointly run by multiple web accessibility and inclusive design related meetups from all over Europe, and again there will be a premiere: For the first time, the Accessibility Club will meet outside of Germany, this time welcoming you to Amsterdam!

The summit will take place right after CSS Day 2024 and again feature a full-day barcamp and a second day with community run workshops. There are still a lot of details to be figured out, but you should definitely save the date already!

Join us for two days of gaining knowledge about web accessibility, exchanging experiences and meeting like-minded enthusiasts from all over Europe and beyond: June 8th-9th, 2024, in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

How do I benefit?

As an accessibility enthusiast, you will meet a lot of like-minded people from various disciplines and with all sorts of skill level. You will be able to share your experiences, broaden your horizon and make new friends.

As a meetup or event organiser, you will get new impulses for your events, put them into a bigger context and just have a lot of fun with your usual attendees who will hopefully join you to the Summit. Take it as a super-social excursion that takes you out of your usual boundaries. 😉

Organising? Join in!

If you're organising an accessibility meetup, inclusive design related event or anything similar and want to get involved with the Summit, please get in touch. We hope to be able to mobilise many accessibility enthusiasts from Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries. We'll try to get in touch with as many groups and meetups as we get to know of, but you're welcome to be faster than we are. You don't necessarily have to take an active role but we'd still appreciate your input.

Barcamp + Workshops

We'll run the summit as a 2-day event, taking place at several locations in Amsterdam:

  • Day 1 is all about conversation and sharing experiences. Barcamp-style sessions mixed with a handful of pre-planned presentations for all attendees, pretty much like we had at the Accessibility Club Summit 2019 in Berlin.
  • Day 2 is for learning, expanding our knowledge and putting things into practise. Visit one of several workshops about developing and designing accessible websites and digital content, run by community members like yourself.

 

Call for Presentations

For the barcamp day, we'll use a hybrid schedule style with spontaneous sessions and pre-planned presentations. In order to find the most interesting topics, we are currently running a Call for Presentations. Session proposals can be submitted to us until 14 April. First-timers and members of marginalised groups are especially encouraged to send in their proposals.

Join the Call for Presentations

Please note: Unfortunately, we no longer have access to the submissions from 2020 because the Colloq platform we used for this no longer exists. As the CfP was anonymous, we don't even know who made a submission back then. But please feel free to participate again, if in doubt also with the presentation from 2020!

Call for Workshops

At our Berlin Summit in 2019 we organised 8 community-led workshops for the first time and had a whopping 120 people participating in these. We consider this a fantastic success and thus would like to repeat it:

On Sunday, June 9th, we'll feature a couple of workshops around web accessibility topics again. Instead of running the workshops ourselves, we'd rather like to offer you, the community, a platform for sharing your experiences, educating and mentoring each other with your own workshops. Let's complement the listening part of the Summit, the Barcamp on Saturday, by a day of doing and putting things into practice.

Here's the call to action: Please think about it for a moment and send us your proposal for a workshop you'd like to host and run. Everone may submit a proposal — there's only a small set of rules to comply with. Don't worry about a location for the workshop: we'll provide it, along with the registration stuff.

Preferably, the workshops should be held in English language, but that's not an absolute must. We can think of all sorts of design, development and society related topics. If you're unsure please don't hesitate and simply start a conversation. We want to make the Summit an event of knowledge sharing and conversation and we ultimately need your contribution to make this happen! All the workshops accepted for the Summit will be scheduled and published on this website.

A small set of rules

We don't want to impose a lot of requirements on the workshops, but for a start:

  • Each workshop must focus on educating about and implementing accessibility topics. No commercially motivated sales stuff, please!
  • The workshops must generally be open to anyone and follow the rules of our Code Of Conduct.
  • The workshops may be half-day (2-3 hours) or full-day (5-6 hours, plus a decent lunch break).

Each full-day workshop will cost € 50 (incl. 19% VAT) per attendee, and € 25 for a half-day workshop. Registration for the first workshops will open as soon as possible. 20% of the fee revenues will be used to support the overall Summit organisation, while the rest will be given to the workshop hosts in case a) they want it and b) they're able to write a proper invoice (or something similarily valid) accepted by German tax authorities.

Please be aware that this set of rules might be subject to change if we discover it to be lacking something important. By sending us a workshop proposal you confirm to agree with these rules (and our Code of Conduct, of course).

Tickets

As always, we do our best to keep the tickets for both the barcamp and the workshops as affordable as possible. Tickets for the 2 days have to be bought separately.

We're using Tito's pay-what-you-want option again: Starting at a minimum of € 25 (incl. German VAT), the standard price for the barcamp is € 30. Please consider raising this to your liking and capabilities — you'll help us adding more value to the event. Or — even better — get one of our scholarship supporter tickets and unlock a free ticket for someone who can't afford attending otherwise.

Get your ticket now

Ticket scholarships

If you really want to attend the barcamp but can't afford buying a ticket, please don't hesitate and get in touch with us. We're giving away a free scholarship ticket for every supporter ticket that has been sold. There is no formal application process — please just write us a nice email and let us know a bit about you. We love to help you out! 😊

Workshop tickets

Attending the workshops on Sunday, June 9th, should be affordable as well:

  • Half-day workshop for € 25 (incl. German VAT)
  • Full-day workshop for € 50 (incl. German VAT)

80% of the ticket revenues will be given directly to the hosts. We will add the workshop tickets to ticket sales as soon as we have launched the Call for Workshops and received the first workshop proposals.

Locations

The barcamp part of the summit will take place at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences where Vasilis is being a lecturer. It's not yet clear which exact building we will be using, but we'll figure this out in the next couple of weeks.

Theo Thijssenhuis Building
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Theo Thijssenhuis (TTH) Wibautstraat 2-4
1091 GH Amsterdam , Netherlands
52.3590611 4.9081938
Open map view / route planning

The workshops will be hosted at different locations across Amsterdam — design studios, agencies and other companies. We'll list them here as soon as we got hold of their details.

Accessibility Info

As with all our events, we'll try to make the Summit itself as accessible as possible so that all folks can afford, enter and enjoy the event. We'll make every effort to provide (not only but including; in order of priority):

  • a welcoming atmosphere with special attention to visible and non-visible disabilities, privacy, identification & communication preferences as well as neurodiversities
  • easy physical access to the venue(s) including public transport and wheelchair accessibility inside the venue(s)
  • access and supplies for assistance animals
  • live captioning & streaming of at least the pre-planned presentations (including public links to the caption & video streams)
  • food / beverages with different options for various dietary needs and preferences
  • sign language interpreters in different languages

However, as you can imagine, many of these features come with quite some costs or requirements regarding the venues. At the time of this writing, there are still a lot of open questions, so we cannot yet guarantee that we'll be able to match all of them. We'll do our best to keep you posted about the current situation.

Sponsoring

While the Summit is set to be a community event, run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, we will still need some funding for major matters of expense and to keep the financial barrier for attendees low. If you'd like to support our effort — by contributing money, food or anything else that might truly benefit our attendees — please get in touch. We're very flexible will try to match your needs as much as we can. However, please don't expect us to distribute useless swag or other materials that aren't sustainable or have no association with accessibility matters.

Need help to convince your boss (or yourself) to support the Summit? We've got you covered! Please have a look at our Sponsorship Information brochure in English or German language.

Code of Conduct

As with all our events, we've got a Code of Conduct in place which will be enforced during both days of the Summit. It's there to ensure maximum inclusivity so that everyone can feel welcome and comfortable. Please make sure you read and understand its contents before registering, attending or submitting a presentation or workshop proposal. It goes without saying that our Code of Conduct also applies to our valued presenters, sponsors and supporters.

How do I stay updated?

Slack Team

You can either join the #announcements channel in our Accessibility Club Slack Team. We use the Slack team for organisational tasks as well as community stuff. If you'd like to broaden its purpose and make it an even more open platform, we'd love to hear your ideas!

Join A11yclub Slack Team

Mastodon profile

If you don't like Slack, we would like to invite you to follow our still very young Mastodon profile. Please note that our ex-Twitter account still exists, but is only used very rarely. 

Visit @a11yclub on Mastodon

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