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Challenges

Some of these challenges are for volunteers and others have funding or prizes associated with them. All are intended to inspire and guide people who would like to work on key issues.

The challenges are particularly good for student projects, either as individuals or as teams. All are needed and provide an opportunity to carry our academic work that will really mean something if you are successful.

Tasks

Short task (no more than a week to execute) that might or might not have a prize

  • The MasterList contains information on access techniques and approaches for all known barriers and disability categories. This includes techniques found in commercial software and hardware, free software, research prototypes, etc.   The Challenge is to find any approach not covered by items in the list  ($50 reward).    Also to find any research publication not cited in the supporting page.  ($5 for each and every paper citation)

    Award: $50 per approach accepted. $5 for each reference.

  • The Drupal Accessibility group is looking for a broad range of help in making Drupal more accessible. Some of them are: 

Challenges

These are projects that require ingenuity and creativity. Sometimes they call for someone to do something for the first time. Sometimes they look for a better or best implementation. Awards are associated with some of these.

  • Awards for making any AT or mainstream product GPII compatible.

    Award: Be part of RtF-I's list of solutions

  • The development of an PDF reader that has readability features that allow users to change the visual presentation of the text including text enlargement with reflow, change font, line spacing, word spacing, highlighting andmore text search, and other accessible features without loss of information.

    SOLVED:   See the VIP PDF READER which has all these features and more.

  • Language translators are currently able to translate from complex languages into other languages that have fewer words and simpler syntax and grammar.  This project would develop the ability to translate between standard written English and a simpler form of English that has a restricted vocabulary and grammar.

  • This is a two part Challenge -- both parts relating to tools that can detect visual flashing in the environment That might lead to a photo induced seizure – and then taking some sort of action to lessen the impact of the effect in order to prevent the seizure.  One challenge relates to content on moniors.  The other to stimuli in the general environment. 

  • The Trace R&D Center (previously at the University of Wisconsin, and now at the University of Maryland) created an free tool for analyzing web content to detect content whose flashing content posed a risk for triggering seizures. To do this, the Trace Center licensed a proprietary engine and then wrapped the engine in an open source analysis program and released it for free public use. This challenge is to create and open source analysis engine to replace the proprietary engine -- so that the entire PEAT tool can be released as open source.  It is a great yet straightforward challenge for someone clever and good at algorithms. 

    Award: $10,000

Grand Challenges

These are major endeavors to achieve something that has never been done – and it is not clear how to do achieve it. These can vary in difficulty (though all are difficult) and in type of reward. Some have no reward but are just a challenge thrown down to see if someone can solve them.

  • The development of a software robot that can view any webpage or computer screen and create a semantic model of all of the information there sufficient to represent it to a user in a functioning and equivalent interface of another form.   The robot can use keyboard or mouse to explore the screen.

  • The development of an under $1000 pen that can scan 270 to 360 degrees and detect all text in the environment, its distance and size, and present it to a blind user in a cogent fashion.  It can also locate text the user specifies and provide direction and distance for any text specified.

  • Demonstration of translation of english text into sign language with fingerspelling used only as it would be for an experienced interpreter – and display of the signs on screen by a photorealistic avatar.