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Accessibility Hackathon

Adaptive Services Division, DC Public LIbrary

Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

Washington, DC

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Accessibility Hackathon

Saturday, November 12, 2011

10:00am to 5:30pm

LibraryLab space, 1st Floor, MLK Library

(possibly also room 215 Adaptive Services at the MLK library)

with support from Bookshare, Random Hacks of Kindness, LibraryLab and others

The Accessibility Hackathon will be an opportunity for developers to get together and build tools that meet the needs of the user community. With the preparation of the Product Identification Workshop on Saturday Nov 5th, the Hackathon Preparation Session on November 8th, and the help of organizations like Bookshare, Random Hacks of Kindness, LibraryLab, and the Wikimedia Foundation, we hope to be able to come up with a simple and completable ICT solution to one or more needs that are defined by the user community.


More information about the events on Nov 5th and 7th is here:

Saturday Nov 5th, 1pm to 3pm — Accessible App Demo
Saturday Nov 5th, 3pm to 5pm — Problem Identification Workshop
Monday Nov 7th, 6pm to 9pm — Accessibility Hackathon Preparation Session
Saturday Nov 12th, 10am to 5:30pm — Accessibility Hackathon

The DC Public Library Adaptive Services Division sponsors an Accessibility Hackathon project during DCWEEK. The events will include an Accessible App Demo, a Problem Identification Workshop, a Hackathon Preparation Session, and the Hackathon itself, all held in room 215, Adaptive Services or the LibraryLab space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The Hackathon will be an opportunity to build tools that meet the needs of the user community.

Details on the individual events follow:

Saturday Nov 5th, 1pm to 5pm, Room 215, Adaptive Services, MLK Library
Accessible App Demo and Product Identification Workshop
Presentors: Mark Reumann – Patent Office, Zuhair Mahmoud – Library of Congress, Don Barrett – Dept of Education

From 1pm to 3pm, these presenters will demo and discuss Accessible Apps, like MoneyReader, Color Identifier and VisWiz, to a community of users who use screenreaders to access their mobile devices.

From 3pm to 5pm developers and project managers are invited to participate in a Problem Identification Workshop, to get requirements and problems out of this user community. This will be an opportunity to put heads together to come up with tools can be built at a Hackathon that will be held the next Saturday.

Monday, November 7, 2011 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Room 215, Adaptive Services, MLK Library
Accessibility Hackathon Preparation Session
Speaker: Gerardo Capiel, Bookshare

Gerardo Capiel from Bookshare will talk from his experience with similar events, on how to choose projects, what lessons they have learned, and how to set up the development environment on a laptop for a hackathon.
He will speak about some related technologies like the Bookshare API ( ) and the new Google Chrome TTS APIs:


If you need any form of accommodation including American Sign Languageinterpretation, please let us know at least 7 days before the event or as soon as possible.

The DC Public Library's accommodation statement is here:

The following is a list of products that have been proposed to be built colaboratively at the Accessibility Hackathon at DC Public Library on Saturday, Nov 12, 2011, 10am to 5:30pm, in the Library Lab space and Room 215. Please send any comments or aditional ideas to . Register at:

1. Light weight version of Bookshare for BrailleNote users using the Bookshare API (

2. TTS Twitter client either using Chrome TTS APIs ( See example code at

3. Searchable Repository of 508 Technology Guides. Jamal would contribute zip of content. Could be done in Drupal or Wordpress.

4. Mobile Accesible Book Generator - Scan a book with your phone, type in, speech recognize or OCR the text, keep the images and output an RTF, DAISY 3 text (, or EPUB version, which can be submitted to Bookshare and other repositories of accessible ebooks for people with print disabilities. Particularly useful for children's books which have few pages and words.

5. Mobile App that detects when the person in line in front of you has moved. One idea is to check when the iPhone camera comes out of focus.

6. Mobile color identifier that speaks a smaller set of colors (8 or 16?).

7. Accessible version of Tor

8. Accessible fork of privacy tools at using Android's Accessibility APIs


Have questions about Accessibility Hackathon? Contact Adaptive Services Division, DC Public LIbrary
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When & Where

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW
LibraryLab space in Science and Technology Division, and possibly room 215, Adaptive Services
Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

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Adaptive Services Division, DC Public LIbrary

The DC Public Library, through its Adaptive Services Division, provides library service and promotes independence, access and innovation in the deaf community, visually impaired, older adults, veterans and injured service people.


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