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Gearing Up for Open Developer Day at the FCC

From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:21:32 -0400
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Gearing Up for Open Developer Day

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

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 

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 Hack, 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 
(http://developer.yahoo.com) 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 (445 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20554). All 
developers are welcome free of charge. Bring a laptop and RSVP soon
(mikelle.morra [at] fcc [dot] 

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 (http://fcc.gov/live). 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 
(http://www.accessibleevent.com), 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.
Received on Friday, 5 November 2010 00:22:19 UTC

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