On September 6-7, the FCC hosted a free workshop for developers, “Developing with Accessibility" (DevAcc), at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Jim Mueller, Wireless RERC project director, demonstrated "BrailleTouch" and "ReadMore," two of the apps being developed by the RERC's App Factory.
The purpose of DevAcc was to promote the development of accessible apps on various mobile platforms. DevAcc is part of FCC Chairman Genachowski’s ongoing Accessibility and Innovation Initiative launched in July 2010 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The event featured developer training sessions on several accessible Application Programming Interfaces (API's). Among the participants were representatives of federal agencies and industry organizations including Adobe, Apple, Benetech, Bottlerocket Apps, Code Factory, Department of Labor, Ephox Corporation, Food and Drug Administration, Google, General Services Administration, Oracle, Raising the Floor, SSB BART Group, and the Wireless RERC. The Deputy Director of the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, Jamal Mazrui, hosted the event along with Greg Elin, the FCC’s Chief Data Officer.
In addition demonstrations of emerging technologies were presented at the FCC's Technology Experience Center (TEC).