FCC's Open Developer Day (updated w/agenda)

Open Developer Day

Federal Communications Commission
Monday, November 8, 2010
8:30am - 5:30pm
RSVP by email to Mikelle Morra at [email protected].

If a disability-related accommodation is needed, send an email to [email protected], or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice) or 202-418-0432 (TTY).

An event to promote collaboration between web developers in the public and private sectors in furtherance of FCC goals to foster citizen participation in open government and further innovation in accessible technologies.

This will be a public, single-day event that prioritizes accessibility goals, though other web solutions are also of interest. The event will feature guest engineers from the Yahoo! Developer Network and Yahoo!'s Accessibility team and will have a component addressing the requirements and opportunities in the new "Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act."

FCC's Chief Data Officer Greg Elin described Open Developer Day as a digital barnraising where software developers learn new tools and volunteer their skills to prototype and build new web applications together. "Developer days have become a tradition in the web community for programmers to share knowledge, learn tools, and build things. We are excited to bring this tradition to the FCC," Elin said.

Engineers from the Yahoo! Accessibility team and Yahoo! Developer Network will be providing technical instruction for some of their technologies that support working with web-based information and their ongoing work in accessibility.

A priority area is the development of a web application that will serve as a clearing-house of information on accessible information and communication technologies (ICT). The FCC is mandated to create this clearinghouse by a new law called the "Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act," which President Obama signed on October 8, 2010. The clearinghouse is intended to make it as easy as possible for people with disabilities, families, and support professionals to find information about accessible technologies.

The FCC will also be interested in other innovative ways that public APIs may be used to add value to the fcc.gov and broadband.gov web sites. The choice of intellectual property licensing is being left to each developer for code contributions made.

Any developer may participate, without charge. Each participant is expected to bring his or her own laptop computer, and to comply with security guidelines.


9:00 a.m. Welcome by Steven VanRoekel, FCC Managing Director

9:05 a.m. Remarks by Greg Elin, FCC Chief Data Officer

9:10 a.m. Participant Introductions

9:25 a.m. Panelist Introductions by Greg Elin

9:30 a.m. Remarks by FCC New Media

9:35 a.m. Remarks by Yahoo!'s Accessibility Lab

9:45 a.m.: Remarks by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative

9:50 a.m. Attendee Idea Sharing: Interested attendees will have one-minute to present a challenge, area of interest, or particular innovative approach they would like to focus on.

10:00 a.m. Presentation by Yahoo! Accessibility Lab

10:30 a.m. Announcement of Open Developer Day Tracks

10:40 a.m. Participants will break out into the following tracks

  • Optional Presentations, located in TW C-468
  • ICT Clearinghouse, located in the Commission Meeting Room (CMR)
  • Free Develop, located in CMR

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Sessions Resume

1:35 p.m. GIS Update by Michael Byrne, FCC Geographic Information Officer

1:45 p.m. Open Developer Day and Group Tracks Continue

4:30 p.m. Attendee Demos and Q&A Session

5:25 p.m. Closing Remarks by Greg Elin