Deque Wraps First Axe-Con: Largest Accessibility Convention Ever, With Over 17,000 Registered from Across the Globe
HERNDON, Va .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, has just completed a hugely successful ax-con opening conference held online on March 10th and 11th. With a global audience and over 17,000 registered people, ax-con was the largest gathering of accessibility professionals ever. Deque will continue the conference in 2022.
The 17,000+ professionals who signed up for the free event can view the recordings of each session for the next six months on the ax-con website. Over 60 percent of the registered people have already participated. Topics covered included accessibility in development, accessibility in design, corporate success and compliance, and a wildcard track.
Ax-con’s list of over 100 experts featured Vint Cerf, known as the “Father of the Internet”, who commented in his keynote: “It is often said that there are a billion people with a disability in the world. Every time a person with a disability is supported in some way, you can actually make a positive impact on another six billion people. To the extent that we help a disabled person interact with the rest of the world’s population, we truly benefit everyone. ”
Well-known disability rights attorney, haben Girma, shared her perspective on the state of digital accessibility and commented on her personal experience: “People often ask me what was the hardest part about Harvard Law School? The hardest part was skill awareness. ”
First Ax Awards: At ax-con, Deque announced its new annual Ax Awards for individuals and organizations using Ax-Core technology. The winners were US Bank, PNC, USAA, Peloton and Salesforce. Conference attendees presented JoAnna Hunt, Amazon Accessibility Lawyer, with the Jim Thatcher Lifetime Achievement Award. Other nominees were Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Rob Dodson, developer attorney at Google, and James Craig of Apple.
“The tremendous energy and commitment we have seen at ax-con reflects the growing commitment to creating accessible experiences for everyone,” says Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems, adding: “The diversity and inclusiveness of ours Speakers and attendees were just as inspiring as she was her strong desire to build on the ax standard. ”
Enthusiastic Enthusiasm: Ax-con attendees took to Twitter by the thousands to share their comments on the movement. An example of Twitter comments includes: “The Ax-con data visualization session was very helpful. Thanks again! “” Our team members have attended amazing sessions that provide valuable information and real-world examples of the importance of accessibility. “” If you want to learn more about accessibility, you should check out this conference! “” Fantastic session that just ends at ax-con. So many great things to take away. “” I have to give it to the accessibility of Ax-Con. “” Ax-con presentations were all great. ”
Ax-con returns in 2022: In view of the strong response to the first Ax-con, Deque Systems will host the conference again in 2022. Ax-con will continue to have a virtual component in the future. When it is safe to do so, a physical component is also added.
About Deque Systems
Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a software and service company for accessibility on the Internet. Our mission is digital equality. We believe that everyone, regardless of their skills, should have equal access to information, services, applications and everything else on the web.
We work with companies and organizations at the corporate level to ensure their websites and mobile apps are accessible. Deque is installed in over 250,000 browsers and is the industry standard with over 4,000 completed audit projects.