Access Computing, as a BPC Alliance, has as part of its mission providing help to organizations to improve access and attitudes. The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) serves to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields.
Competitions and Programs
Zero Robotics The competition starts online, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast! Cyber Quests a series of fun and challenging online competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security disciplines. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series of quiz questions. Some quests focus on a potentially vulnerable sample web server as the artifact, challenging participants to identify its flaws using vulnerability analysis skills. Other quests are focused around forensic analysis, packet capture analysis, and more. The quests have varying levels of difficulty and complexity, with some quests geared toward beginners, while others include more intermediate and ultimately advanced material. Mozilla Ignite Design and build apps for the faster, smarter internet of the future. Mozilla and the National Science Foundation invite you to take part in an open innovation challenge. The goal: show how next-generation networks can revolutionize healthcare, education, public safety, energy and more. Microsoft Imaginecup Students are invited to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup theme. In ten years, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, over 1.4 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition. National Science Foundation's National Robotics Initiative (NRI) The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people.The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. Ensemble Computing Portal- Connecting Computing Educators. This project is working to establish a national, distributed digital library for computing education. It is building a distributed portal providing access to a broad range of existing educational resources for computing while preserving the collections and their associated curation processes. They want to encourage contribution, use, reuse, review and evaluation of educational materials at multiple levels of granularity and we seek to support the full range of computing education communities including computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information science, information systems and information technology as well as other areas often called “computing + X” or “X informatics.”