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Free, Multi-track Online Event Focused on Helping All Professionals Build, Test and Maintain Accessible Digital Experiences

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, announces the first axe-con, a new industry conference to be conducted online March 10-11, 2021.

Axe-con is an open and inclusive digital accessibility event that welcomes developers, designers, business leaders and accessibility professionals of all levels to a unique conference focused on building, testing, and maintaining accessible digital experiences.

Registration for axe-con is free, offering attendees best practices for accessibility in design, development, and testing from top leaders in the field. Attendance can be used towards continuing education (CE) towards IAAP certification. This is not an assistive technology convention.

Registration for axe-con: Please visit

Axe-con Headline Speakers: Axe-con is thrilled to announce its first headline speakers for the conference: Vint Cerf, widely-known as the “Father of the Internet,” disability rights advocate Haben Girma, and Deque CTO Dylan Barrell, author of the “Agile Accessibility Handbook, A Practical Guide to Accessible Software Development at Scale.”

Speaking Opportunities: Axe-con is accepting call-for-papers from Monday, August 31, through 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 23. Encouraged presentation topics include:

  • Accessible developing and testing
  • Accessible design/UX
  • Organizational success with accessibility
  • Accessibility and compliance

The form for submitting speaking proposals can be found here:

“The digital accessibility community has been seeking a focused conference like this, previously buried within generic accessibility or assistive technology events,” comments Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems. “Axe-con is the first conference of its kind with dedicated topic tracks in digital design, development, management, testing, outsourced expertise and legal.”

While the first year of axe-con will be completely online, Deque Systems hopes to host the event both in-person and online in the future when COVID-19 is no longer a concern.

5th Annual axe-hackathon: The day after axe-con, Deque will host an axe-hackathon completely online for the first time. Participants will have an opportunity to make the web accessible to people with disabilities by coding and collaborating with others on axe-related projects.

What is Digital Accessibility? Digital Accessibility is the practice of making digital documents, web and mobile apps accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Many people with visual, auditory, motor, speech or cognitive disabilities rely on various forms of assistive technology or usability features to experience the full benefit the web has to offer. Without the continuous use of features like captions, alt-text for screen readers, zoom functions, simple presentation layouts and more, digital content may be inconvenient or impossible to use.

About Deque Systems

Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a web accessibility software and services company, and our mission is Digital Equality. We believe everyone, regardless of their ability, should have equal access to the information, services, applications, and everything else on the web.

We work with enterprise-level businesses and organizations to ensure that their sites and mobile apps are accessible. Installed in over 250,000 browsers and with over 4,000 audit projects completed, Deque is the industry standard.


At Deque:

Ryan Bateman, 703-225-0380, [email protected]
Kristina LeBlanc, 508-930-5636, [email protected]
Frank Cioffi, 415-893-1570, [email protected]

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