CONFERENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Monday, June 13, 2016

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Registration and Welcome at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Opening Session  
Welcome: Ron Akins, Executive Vice President, E.J. Krause and Associates
Introductory Remarks: Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

Opening Keynote
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Plenary Panel:  Game Changers in Human Interfaces
A discussion among leading experts of how latest innovations dramatically expand the way users interact with technology devices, contents and services, and what to expect in the near future.

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Showcase opens at 10:15 a.m. 
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by Sponsor
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker

11:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Plenary Panel: Smart Cities and IoT for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
The advent of Smart Cities presents considerable opportunities to enhance the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities. This panel will explore how to ensure that Smart Cities are disability and age inclusive from their inception.

12:05 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Remarks by Meredith Attwell Baker, President & CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Showcase Time and Lunch
Hosted by  CTIA – The Wireless Association
Offered buffet style, the Summit lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Cognitive and Learning
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with cognitive or learning impairments.   After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format. 
Session Chair: To be announced
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Communications and Regulatory Officer, Mobile Manufacturers Forum
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: IoT & Smart Cities

Smart Cities Accessible and Assistive Services
Making Smart Cities Disability and Age inclusive requires the involvement of public and private sector stakeholders from local government to banks, transportation and a variety of local cultural, commercial or social services.  This session will examine some of the best case studies which may serve as benchmarks for future developments.
Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Innovation

Media on the Internet: Accessibility Challenges and Opportunities
The development of new media over the Internet dramatically changes the way users acquire information, enjoy cultural or entertainment programs and interact with those.  While new Internet based media offerings present serious accessibility challenges in what largely remains an unregulated environment around the world, new media and user devices offer entirely new accessibility options which transform the way persons of different ages or abilities interact with contents and services.
Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Network 2020: Meeting Critical Requirements for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Global mobile data traffic is just about doubling every year, and will continue to do so through at least 2016, according to Cisco's Mobile Visual Networking Index. Considering spectrum limits and required investments in infrastructure, how will mobile bandwidth and network latency evolve toward 2020? How this may impact the many critical apps and services seniors and persons with disabilities rely on for their day to day independent living and safety?  What solutions could be developed to ensure that mission critical apps and services benefit from the highest possible levels of service in terms of availability, bandwidth and network latency?
Session Chair:Dan Norman, Head of Strategic Engagement, North America, GSMA
Panelists:  To be announced

2:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Showcase Time and Refreshments
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users who are deaf or hard of hearing.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.  Session Chair: To be announced
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Communications and Regulatory Officer, Mobile Manufacturers Forum
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: IoT & Smart Cities

The Fast Changing Landscape for Senior Care and Remote Health Services  
Technology, quality of life, safety and economic factors are converging to boost the growth of remote care services and support for seniors and persons with disabilities. This session will review the latest developments in mainstream services leveraging mobile and IoT technologies, from health to safety, independent living at home to social services.    
Session Chair:To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Innovation

App Developers, Competing for Accessible Innovation
Assistive and accessible apps for seniors and persons with disabilities leveraging the accessibility features of mainstream mobile operating system have grown tremendously in numbers, variety with unprecedented affordable price points and immense benefits for the disability community.  This session will explore how to further promote innovation and encourage developers to address the many facets of assistive and accessible requirements of a growing population. 
Session Chair:To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

21st Century CVAA Scorecard
Since it was enacted in October 2010, the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act has generated considerable rule making activities and programmatic developments involving industry, advocacy organization and accessibility experts from all horizons.  After five years of progressive implementation, what have been the actual results of the 21st Century CVAA?  Has the Act lived to its promises for seniors and persons with disabilities?  Has it benefited innovation?  Does industry see the Act as beneficial to their efforts in promoting digital accessibility?
Session Co-Chairs:  Karen Peltz-Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission and Rosaline Crawford, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Panelists:  To be announced

4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility
In its fifth edition, the Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), part of the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative), honors outstanding private and public sector ventures that advance accessibility for persons with disabilities. Ventures include mainstream or assistive technologies introduced into the marketplace, development of standards, and implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. After the ceremony, winners will have the opportunity to share their innovations during a “winner-mixer” with all Summit attendees.
Keynote Speaker: Tow Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission 

5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Introduction: Ron Akins, Senior Vice President, E.J. Krause & Associates   
Greetings by Cocktail Host: Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems   

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Showcase Time and Cocktail Reception
Hosted by Deque Systems
The Summit’s Cocktail Reception will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Plenary Panel: Aging in Place, Managing the Life Cycle

9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Blind and Low Vision
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with visual impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main technological advances of assistive mobile apps and services addressing physical barriers, the session will review recently released solutions in a panel format. 

Session Chair: To be announced
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Communications and Regulatory Officer, Mobile Manufacturers Forum
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Higher Education

Global Status of Inclusive Technology in Higher Education, Compliance and Good Practices
Institutions of Higher Education around the world are at the forefront of the development and implementation of accessible and assistive technologies, including accommodation services and personalized support for their students and faculties. Yet, anecdotal evidence shows considerable disparities among countries and institutions.  This session will examine and discuss the results of an AMAC – G3ict global survey of the current state of advancement and practices of institutions of higher education in building an accessible digital environment on campus and for life-long and distance learning and which gaps present the most opportunities for all stakeholders.
Session Chair: Christopher Lee, Ph.D., Director, AMAC (Accessibility Solutions and Research Center), Georgia Institute of Technology
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Innovation

Smart Homes
Smart Homes empower seniors and persons with disabilities to remotely control and program switches, thermostats, lights, entertainment devices, including television, and multiple home appliances with wireless connections. Smart homes also include automated safety and alert features enabled by mobile devices and the “Internet of Things.” Panelists will present solutions and their implementation in support of seniors, Veterans and persons with disabilities adopting “Smart Homes” for greater independence.
Session Chair:To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Global Trends in Compliance: U.S. DOJ, CRPD Committee, European Accessibility Act, other countries, G3ict global compliance trends analysis
The convergence of legislative, regulatory and judicial pressures on large organizations to comply with ICT accessibility standards in many countries creates a flurry of questions, uncertainties and opportunities for both the public and private sectors.  This session will attempt to clarify the actual status and time line that large organizations should expect in terms of enforcement of accessibility requirements.  Speakers will include representatives of the main U.S. Federal Agencies, experts in the new European Accessibility Act and G3ict analysts surveying trends globally.
Session Chair: Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems  
Panelists:
  • James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Additional panelists to be announced

10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

11:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Mobility and Dexterity
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with mobility or dexterity impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main technological advances of assistive mobile apps and services addressing physical barriers, the session will review recently released solutions in a panel format. 
Session Chair: To be announced
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Communications and Regulatory Officer, Mobile Manufacturers Forum
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Higher Education

New Tech Enablers for Accessible Contents, services and Learning Tools
Over the past few years, considerable advances in devices accessibility have made life on campuses or on-line learning far more inclusive.  Expanding the field of possibilities, innovative digital contents platforms are now available to search, learn, share, produce contents or administer campuses with embedded accessibility features.  Some leverage cloud technologies while most rely on the latest features of devices operating systems to bring the promises of a far more inclusive learning environment.  This session will examine those recent innovations and available technologies which can significantly enhance the inclusiveness of higher education.
Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Innovation

Global Opportunities for Real Time Text
Real Time Text (RTT) may be one of the most important promises of mobile devices and services for deaf users.  By allowing real time conversations, RTT brings a whole new dimension to mobile communications including for social, educational, business and emergency situations.  Yet, while RTT is very much on the priority list of deaf advocates, global standardization and harmonization has not occurred yet, which may cause a detrimental lack of interoperability among services and systems.  This session will attempt to present the status of current standardization efforts, and discuss possible paths to resolving the current lack of harmonization with the participation of representatives of major international standardization organizations.
Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Spotlight on Trends in Airlines, Banking and Local Government
Among large organizations with considerable ICT interaction with users, airlines, banks and local governments are among the first to implement organization-wide accessibility compliance programs, prompted by legal but also marketing and CSR considerations.  This session will facilitate the sharing of experience among leading organizations committed to deliver accessible ICT contents and services to the public, including real world challenges and solutions.
Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

Showcase Time and Lunch
Hosted by Sponsor
Offered buffet style, the Summit lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

1:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Wearable Computing Solutions
With the miniaturization of wireless components and new low power consumption and battery technologies, wearable products have driven a considerable amount of innovation by mainstream electronics manufacturers and entrepreneurs.  Indeed, wearable Technologies bring the promises of an entirely new generation of assistive devices. This session will look at the most recent innovative products available in the marketplace, such as watches, bracelets, buttons, pins, fabrics for clothes, glasses, sensors which support a wide area of assistive applications. Which areas of wearable technologies can really benefit seniors and persons with disabilities? This session will provide an overview of available solutions by rehabilitation professionals and look at a selection of best in class devices and applications. 

Session Chair:John Morris, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Shepherd Center
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Higher Education

Infrastructures and Services for Accessible Learning and Inclusive Campus Life
While many user-entered assistive solutions have historically brought considerable benefits to students and faculty alike, institution-wide solutions to provide accessible contents and services from databases to administrative systems, on-line resources, on-line learning or even e-books and courseware libraries have often remained a significant challenge. This session will review some of the most effective organization-wide solutions implemented by universities around the world to address those challenges. Those include training and support of staff, outsourcing remediation services or automating accessibility processes in content production and quality control to ensure a greater inclusion of students, faculty or administrators with disabilities.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Innovation

Accessibility in the Cloud
The 2015 M-Enabling Summit explored how cloud-based solutions make it possible for applications, data and personal preferences of end users to be activated independently of the device they choose. This session this year will continue to document how much progress is made in implementing this concept but also how the cloud may be used to provide intelligent support or to automate the production of accessible apps and contents.  Examples of cloud-based services specifically designed for accessibility purposes will be demonstrated.
Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Driving and Scaling Up Accessibility in the Organization
For large organizations operating in multiple countries and business segments, ensuring that all their ICT products and services are accessible and comply with local laws and regulations is a difficult challenge.  This session will look at the methodologies, technologies and organizational steps required to achieve consistency of results.  Panelists will share some of the most mature examples of multinational companies fully engaged in such processes followed by a discussion among experts in promoting accessibility in large organizations.
Session Chair:To be announced
Panelists:
  • John Combs, Senior Manager of Accessibility, CISCO Systems  
  • David Wu, President, Ai Squared  
  • Additional panelists to be announced

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

3:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Higher Education

Roadmap towards Equal Access in Higher Education
With technologies and the experience of successful implementation of accessibility strategies on campus or for virtual on-line learning, how can institutions of higher education best align themselves with best practices?  From procurement strategies to training, peer to peer exchanges and support from the private sector or government, this session will examine how to best realize the promises of the CRPD for equal access in higher education.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Innovation

The Latest in Accessibility Standards
Global harmonized accessibility standards are crucial to both users and industry: without standards, economies of scale, interoperability and unified predictable user interfaces cannot be achieved.  This session will examine the current status of leading accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0 (ISO/IEC 40500:2012), the EuropeanEN 301 549, Section 508 refresh, ITU accessibility standards, IoT standards and the flurry of country level activities driven by the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and which may progressively contribute to a fragmentation of the global market place for accessible ICT products and services. 
Session Chair: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Enterprise Strategies for Inclusive Work Environments: Uncovering Human Capital
Beyond compliance, technology can be leveraged to fully engage employees of all abilities in all types of jobs, uncovering hidden human capital.  This session will be dedicated to methods and case studies of leading companies fully engaged in accommodating and promoting persons with disabilities in their workforce leveraging latest technologies.  A just released compendium of good practices and roadmap for implementation written by Debra Ruh, CEO of Ruh Global and Chair of the G3ict Employability Task Force will be shared with all participants.
Session Chair: Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global
Panelists:  To be announced

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Closing: “Technology Futurology for an Inclusive World”

M-Enabling 2017 Agenda and Concluding Remarks:

  • Ned Krause, CEO, E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
Adjournment, Showcase Closes   

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Program Committee Coordination:

  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi
    Vice President, Institutional Relations
    G3ict
    Tel. 678-534-8518
    fcesabianchi@g3ict.org
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