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Gearing Up for Open Developer Day

November 4th, 2010 by Greg Elin - Chief Data Officer

Ed. Note: Visit the Open Developer Day wiki for more info.   

This coming Monday the commission will play host to a one-of-a-kind event in federal government. We’re calling on coders, programmers and developers of all stripes to join us at FCC headquarters for our first ever Open Developer Day. This will be a rare opportunity for developers in the public and private sectors to join forces. Out of this gathering will come innovations, collaborations, and continued open government partnership.

Central to Monday’s event will be three tracks weaving their way through the day. Equipped with our laptops and the fellowship of sharp friends we’ll be working through accessibility solutions and open APIs; and we’ll host a Free Develop, an open-ended developer free-for-all. FCC tech minds and leadership will open the event, situating our Developer Day within the larger open government movement.

Programmers from the Yahoo! Developer Network will be on hand to demo their tools and provide guidance. They will give an overview of YQL, their query language which allows developers to “access and shape data across the Internet through one simple language, eliminating the need to learn how to call different APIs.” We will also see a demonstration of their YUI Library, a set of “utilities and controls … for building richly interactive web applications.”

An undertone, pervading a significant strand of the discussion, will be the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. In signing the act last month, President Obama said the act “will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind or live with a visual impairment to do what many of us take for granted…  It sets new standards so that Americans with disabilities can take advantage of the technology our economy depends on.”

The full day event will start at 9:00am and take place in Washington, DC at FCC headquarters. All developers are welcome free of charge. Bring a laptop and RSVP soon. If you’re not in the DC area and are unable to make it down here, we will be live streaming portions of the day. You can also join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #fccdevday. To email questions write to livequestions [at] fcc [dot] gov. You can participate by visiting Accessible Event, and entering the event code 005202376. For any TTY issues please contact Pam Gregory (pam.gregory [at] fcc [dot] gov).

Start getting excited for Monday. We’ll see you there.


5 Responses to “Gearing Up for Open Developer Day”

  1. Guest says:

    Thanks for the short notice!

  2. Guest says:

    hmmm this looks interesting!

  3. Dax Bertumen says:

    Indeed there has never been anything like this before. I am not a programmer.. well at least not yet, but I believe I will find something good in this.<a href="http://www.learndslrvideostore.com/"> Learning DSLR Videos</a> for the moment sure keeps me occupied for the day, but I bet I can check this event out.

  4. Kevin Cole at Gallaudet says:

    If you have not already done so, you may want to check out the efforts of the Universal Subtitles group (http://universalsubtitles.org/) and the Open Video Conference (http://www.openvideoconference.org/) organized by the Open Video Alliance (http://openvideoalliance.org/).

  5. videowashdc says:

    Check also for DC Public Library's accessablity database online.

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