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Take the $1,000 Cloud Computing Challenge

November 2 2010 | by

What is your vision of how cloud computing can create new opportunities for people with disabilities? The Federal Communications Commission wants to pay you for your thoughts. The challenge: Create an accessible multimedia presentation that shows what could be possible using the computing and communication power now available via the Internet, and you could win $1,000.

Sponsored by the FCC, the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, and Raising the Floor, entries will help to provide direction and motivation to policy makers, software developers, and members of the public who want to foster more independence in life, and greater integration in society, for people with disabilities.

The FCC is particularly looking for video presentations that demonstrate cloud computing ideas. All presentations should support the viewing of English captions and the operation of controls with a screen reader for people who are blind. Adding video description for the blind is also desirable, but can alternatively be provided in an accompanying document. Contestants should upload the video to a site like or and post its link to

The judges include Pam Gregory, Director of the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative at the FCC; Clayton Lewis, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado; and Gregg Vanderheiden, the director of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The prizes include $1,000 from the Coleman Institute for the presentation that best addresses the interests of people with cognitive disabilities. Raising the Floor will award $1,000 for the presentation that best addresses the interests of people in developing countries. Additionally, the FCC prize is the vision on the FCC website and consideration for the Chairman’s Awards in Advancement in Accessibility.
The submission period ends May 31, 2011.

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