We recently held our Fall Hackathon where all teams at Panorama take a 24-hour period to collaborate across the whole company to hack on great things. Many of our Hackathon projects are outside of our day-to-day work, would move Panorama’s efforts forward, or just solve that nagging problem that you just hadn’t gotten around to yet. For the four of us (1 engineer, 2 account managers, and 1 director) on Team A11y, we focused on the accessibility of our product.
Accessibility here refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. Our products are used by students, families, and educators around the world, and we need to be able to serve every user as equally as we can. Fortunately, there are some initiatives in the tech world that provided us a lot of guidance and helped to shape our thoughts on how to approach this, in particular: the a11y project and W3C’s guidance on accessibility.