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 9:05 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Opening Session  

MC: Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT, Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF

Welcome: Ron Akins, Senior Vice President, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.

Key Trends at the 5th M-Enabling Summit: Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

Opening Remarks: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chair of the Board, G3ict, former Chair of the UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on "Celebrating the Tenth Year Anniversary of the CRPD, A New Era for the Digital Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

9:05 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.
Session Chair: Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CTA Foundation
Panelists:
  • Dylan Barrell, Chief Technology Officer, Deque Systems
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • KR Liu, Head, Sales and Marketing Strategy, Doppler Labs. Board of Directors, HLAA
  • Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM
  • Jeff Wieland, Head of Accessibility, Facebook

10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Introduces: Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Edward J. “Ed” Markey (D-Mass.) time of keynote subject to change

10:35 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
Showcase opens at 10:35 a.m. 
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by Canon
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.

11:05 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.
Session Chair: Victor Santiago Pineda, Ph.D., President and Founder, Pineda Foundation/World ENABLED
Panelists:
  • Matt Caywood, CEO, TransitScreen
  • John Combs, Senior Manager of Accessibility, Cisco Systems
  • Malcom Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Uber Technologies
  • Dan Norman, Head of Strategic Engagement – North America, GSMA
  • Bill Oates, Vice President, Perkins Solutions; former CIO, City of Boston/Commonwealth of Massachusetts

12:05 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Remarks by Jamie Hastings, Vice President of External and State Affairs, CTIA

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Showcase Time and Lunch
Hosted by  CTIA
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: Infrastructure & Services

Studio A | 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: Mary Brooner, Principal, MB Consulting
Panelists:
  • Jeff Brandt, Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Brian Copsey, Chairman, ETSI ERM TG 17 Broadcast and ancillary services; ITU-R Question 254/5 and expert on ITU-R Accessibility Resolution 67 on ALDs
  • Moe Kelley, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company
  • Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere, Vice President of Programmes, GSMA

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Studio B | Global Perspectives in Public Procurement
The U.S. Access Board and Section 508 Coordinators have pioneered the definition and implementation of ICT accessibility rules for public procurement in the United States and worldwide.  With the early involvement of international observers in the TEITAC proceedings of the U.S. Access Board, the ratification by 160 countries of the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities and the upcoming adoption of the European Accessibility Act, ICT accessibility rules for public procurement and their implementation are going global.  This session will examine the U.S. experience, compare notes with international practices and discuss the potential alignment of global ICT accessibility standards to ensure better industry compliance, lower costs and global interoperability of products and services. 
Session Chair: John Sullivan, Government-wide Section 508 Program Director, Office of Government-wide Policy, U.S. GSA 
Panelists:
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Helen Chamberlain, Government-wide Section 508 Training and Outreach Director, Office of Government-wide Policy, U.S. GSA
  • Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka (Sweden)
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission
  • Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, BDT, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Willie Smith, Senior Procurement Executive, Department of Transportation; Co-Chair of the Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Studio D | 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: Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF)
Panelists: 
  • Mark C. Barlet, Founder and Executive Director, The AbleGamers Charity
  • Judy Brewer, Director WAI, W3C
  • Elaine Gardner, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Abe Rafi, Director of Digital Strategy and Online Services, The ARC
  • Jason Resendez, Executive Director, UsAgainstAlzheimer's Latino Network, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition

Track: IoT & Smart Cities

Studio E | 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: Jay Cardinali, Worldwide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Panelists: 

  • Jamie Boone, Director of Government Affairs, CTA
  • Joe Cioffi, CEO and Founder, ClickAndGo Wayfinding
  • David Fazio, President, Helix Opportunity
  • Barbara Operschall, CEO, Speech Code (Austria)
  • Katherine Payne, Communications Lead, Wayfindr (UK)
  • Mohammed Yousuf, Office of Operations R&D, U.S. Department of Transportation

Track: Innovation

Salon 3 | 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: David Errington, President and CEO, AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) (Canada)
Panelists:
  • Chet Cooper, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, ABILITY Magazine
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
  • Jessica Looney Director of Community Programs, Knowbility
  • Mike Paciello, Founding Partner, The Paciello Group and WebAble.TV
  • Joel Snyder, Ph.D., President, Audio Description Associates LLC 
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

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

Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by  Canon
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: Infrastructure & Services

Studio A | Financial Services Accessibility
Financial Services are one of the most important enablers of independent living for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.   With the aging of the population, the number of financial services clients living with disabilities is steadily increasing.   This session will review the latest developments occurred around the world from a compliance, innovation and market development perspective.  It will also look at some of the most important innovations which are changing the way people bank and communicate, including via versatile mobile devices with excellent accessibility features.  The result of a G3ict global survey as well as a summary of the recent seminar it organized in Paris with European Banks will be discussed.
Session Chair: Alireza Darvishy, Head, Accessibility Center, Credit Suisse
Panelists:
  • Jake Abma, Accessibility Lead, ING Bank (The Netherlands)
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT, Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF
  • Gita Esmieu, Program Director, Financial Services Accessibility, G3ict
  • Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems
  • Jeremiah Rogers, Assistive Technology Support Analyst, HR Systems CARE, Wells Fargo

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Studio B | 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 Chair:  Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Panelists:
  • Zainab Alkebsi, Esq., Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Mark Balsano, Executive Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind (ACB)
  • Matthew Gerst, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
  • Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Studio D | 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:
 Lee Huffman, AccessWorld Editor and Manager, Technology Information, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF)
Panelists:
  • Rhys Filmer, Sales Director, OrCam Technologies
  • Ryan French, Senior Product Manager, Amazon
  • Georges Grinstein, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute for Visualization and Perception Research, Co-founder WVAi, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Peter Hayes, CEO, Enhanced Senses

Track: IoT & Smart Cities

Studio E | 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: Mike Brogioli, Executive Director, RESNA
Panelists: 
  • John Anschutz, Manager, Assistive Technology Program, Shepherd Center
  • Jerard Berger, Senior Manager, Healthcare, Vertical Business, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
  • Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager, Aging & Accessibility, Panasonic Corporation of North America 
  • Gary Kaye, Founder and Chief Content Officer, Tech50+

Track: Innovation

Salon 3 | App Developers, Competing for Accessibility 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: Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
Panelists: 
  • Jessica Looney, Director of Community Programs, Knowbility
  • Ari Ne’eman, Co-Founder, MySupport.com, President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network 
  • Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT - The App Association
  • Abeer Shakweer, Ph.D., Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Egypt)
  • Faruk Tairi, CEO, T-Meeting (Sweden)

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: Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Introduction: Ron Akins, Senior Vice President, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.
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 9:20 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
MC: Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict

Opening Keynote
Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency (Australia)
In his presentation, Bruce Bonyhady will provide insights to M-Enabling Summit participants into one of the most revolutionary disability support programs from around the world built upon a user centric, lifelong approach underpinned by smart use of technologies.

Plenary Panel: Aging in Place, Innovations for Lifelong Digital Access
With global demographics pointing towards an aging population, successfully keeping users involved in digital apps and services as they age is a critical challenge for government, the private sector and civil society.  This panel will discuss innovative policies, programs and solutions beyond traditional approaches to promoting digital accessibility and assistive technologies.
Session Chair:  Andrew AJ Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research
Panelists:
  • Nancy LeaMond, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, AARP
  • Amy VanDeVelde, National Connections Program Manager, The OASIS Institute
  • Marc Zablatsky, VP and General Manager, Ai Squared

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

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Track: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Studio B | 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:
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Eve Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Chad T. Jerdee, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture
  • Jeff Lewis, Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission
  • James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Studio D | 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:
 Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF)
Panelists: 
  • Zainab Alkebsi, Esq., Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Jason Curry, CEO, sComm 
  • Linda Kozma-Spytek, Research Audiologist, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
  • Zsolt Robotka, CEO and Co-Founder, SignAll (Hungary)
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
  • Faruk Tairi, CEO, T-Meeting (Sweden)
Studio E | Inclusive Higher Education Forum
Organized in the context of the M-Enabling Summit, the Inclusive Higher Education Forum will facilitate the sharing of experience in leveraging technology to make campuses life and learning inclusive of faculty and students of all abilities.  A must attend one-day track offered to M-Enabling Summit participants, covering research, innovation and mainstream digital accessibility accommodation strategies adopted by leading universities from around the world.

Opening Remarks

  • Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division (CI/KDS), Communication and Information Sector (CI), UNESCO
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
  • Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
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 include a presentation and discussion among academic leaders of 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: Amy Goldman, Co-Director and Associate Professor, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
Panelists:
  • Joy Kniskern, Strategic Initiatives, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Zerrin Ondin, Ph.D., Research Analyst, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Carolyn Phillips, Director, Tools for Life, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Licia Sbattella, Ph.D., Associate  Professor of Accessibility/Natural Language Processing and President's Delegate for Disability, Politecnico di Milano (G3ict Education Task Force Chair) (Italy)

Track: Innovation

Salon 3 | 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:  Steve Tyler, Head of Solutions, Strategy and Planning, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Panelists:
  • Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
  • Mauricio Meza, Co-Founder, Komodo OpenLab (Canada)
  • Dan Quigley, Senior Manager, Amazon

10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by Canon
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: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Studio B | Spotlight on Accessibility Innovations in Large Organizations
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: Andrew AJ Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research
Panelists:
  • Jake Abma, Accessibility Lead, ING Bank (The Netherlands)
  • Julie Carver, Development Director, PRIDE Industries Foundation
  • Dave Herr, ‎Vice President, Public Sector and Corporate Business, Texthelp 
  • Matt Isner, JavaScript Developer, Deque Systems
  • Jeff Kline, Program Director, Statewide EIR Accessibility, Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Fernando Pardeiro S., COO, Inclusite
  • Matthew Triner, Director, North America, User 1st

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Studio D | 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: David Dikter, CEO, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director Communications & Regulations, Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF)
Panelists: 
  • David Banes, Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services (UK)
  • Rowee Benbenishty, COO, Sesame Enable (Israel)
  • Toshiya Kakiuchi, President, Mirairo, Inc. (Japan)
  • Ben Lippincott, Project Director, Industry & Consumer Education/Outreach/Support, Wireless RERC, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Uday Parshionikar, CEO, Perceptive Devices (Smyle Mouse)

Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Studio E | New Tech Enablers for Accessible Learning Tools
Over the past few years, considerable advances in devices accessibility have made life on campuses or on-line learning far more inclusive. Yet, the technological revolution sweeping higher education is not equally accessible to all students. Massive Open Online Courses, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and other digital platforms are being designed with varying degrees of accessibility for students with mobility challenges, hearing and visual losses, and learning disabilities.  This session will highlight online platforms’ learning standards, platform accessibility, user data and examine innovations and available technologies which can enhance the inclusiveness of higher education.
Session Chair: Larry Goldberg, Director, Accessible Media, Yahoo!
Panelists:
  • Yevgen Borodin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; President and Director of R&D, Charmtech Labs LLC  
  • Weiqin Chen, Ph.D., Professor in Human-Computer Interaction/Universal Design of ICT, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)  (Norway)
  • Klaus Höckner, CEO, Austrian Association supporting the Blind and Visually Impaired; Accessible Media (Austria)
  • Shilpi Kapoor, CEO, 247 Accessible Documents
  • Marc Zablatsky, VP and General Manager, Ai Squared

Track: Innovation

Salon 3 | 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: Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Panelists:
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Matthew Gerst, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf, Chairman ITU JCA-AHF (Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors); Coordinator IGF DCAD (Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability) and G3ict Permanent Representative to the ITU
  • Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Christian Vogler, Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

Showcase Time and Lunch
Hosted by Disney SyncLink Technology
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: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Studio B | 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 and government agencies fully engaged in such processes followed by a discussion among experts in promoting accessibility in large organizations.
Session Chair: Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM
Panelists:
  • Dylan Barrell, Chief Technology Officer, Deque Systems
  • Jeff Brandt, Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • John Combs, Senior Manager of Accessibility, Cisco Systems  
  • Deborah Kaplan, 508 Policy Lead and HHS 508 Coordinator at Office of the CIO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Co-Chair of the Education Subcommittee, Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice
  • Bill Nagle, Vice President of Product Management, Discover Technologies

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Studio D | 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:
  • Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D., Chief Audiology Officer, GN ReSound Group
  • Ted Drake, Intuit Accessibility Principal Engineer
  • Steve Koenig, Senior Director, Industry Analysis, CTA
  • Robin Spinks, Senior Strategy Manager, RNIB Business
  • Bryan Wolynski, O.D., OrCam Technologies

Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Studio E | Innovative Paths for Accessible Contents in Higher Education
Innovative models and activities are emerging which support the creation of accessible learning materials, both from the publisher perspective, faculty and industry. Meanwhile, the pervasive creation of web contents by faculty, students and administration requires universities to implement new processes such as ICT accessibility certification, training and supporting developers and to evolve towards a system-wide approach, including evaluation and remediation processes for developers and content managers and strategies for addressing social media accessibility issues.
Session Chair:  Isabelle Turmaine, Director, Information Projects and Services, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Panelists:
  • Paola Isabel Alcázar Hernández, Director of Outreach, Universidad del Norte - Barranquilla (Colombia)
  • Paul Bohman, Ph.D., Director of Training, Deque Systems and IAAP Certification Committee Chair 
  • Alireza Darvishy, Ph.D., Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab, Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Sarah Horton, UX Strategy Lead, The Paciello Group
  • Gian Wild, Founder and CEO, AccessibilityOz (Australia) 

Track: Innovation

Salon 3 | Accessibility in the Cloud: Data Security and Privacy in Auto-Personalization
Cloud-based solutions make it possible for the personal preferences of end users to be automatically activated independently of the device they choose, a great benefit for the large population of persons with disabilities using multiple devices and for content or service providers who can ensure that accessibility features are always optimized. This session will present the progress that has been made in implementing this concept and discuss privacy issues for persons with disabilities on the era of personalization and data mining.  Which ethical principles and security processes should be applied to data repositories related to users' preferences?  Do users need to give up information (or privacy) in order to get the accessibility services they need and want or can it be preserved?
Session Chair: Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland - College Park
Panelists: 
  • Robert Bohn, Cloud Computing Program Manager, NIST  
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT, Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF
  • Puthukode (Ram) Ramachandran, Program Director, Advanced Technologies, IBM Research
  • Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by Canon

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: Scaling Up Accessibility for Business and Government

Studio B | 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 Communications and Chair of the G3ict Employability Task Force will be shared with all participants.
Session Chair: Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications
Panelists:
  • Josh Christianson, Project Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
  • Lori B. Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas Talent Team, Ernst & Young
  • Linda Mastandrea, CEO, Law Offices of Linda Mastandrea
  • Jeremiah Rogers, Assistive Technology Support Analyst, HR Systems CARE, Wells Fargo 
  • Kurt-Ulrich Wiggers, CEO, PIKSL and Tobias Marczinzik, Project Manager, PIKSL (Germany)

Track: Mobile Enabling Solutions

Studio D | International Good Practices in Promoting ICT Accessibility
With the globalization of the mobile industry and the availability of accessibility features in leading operating systems for mobile handsets, tablets, wearable devices and portable computers, multiple initiatives for accessible communications, web, contents and services have emerged around the world, including taking advantage of mobile technologies to leapfrog legacy accessibility strategies.  This session will explore some of the most important developments witnessed around the world including initiatives by governments, telecom regulators, operators, developers and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities to promote accessibility innovations for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Session Chair: Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, BDT, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  
Panelists:
  • Paul Buckrell, New Zealand Telecommunications Relay Administrator
  • Monica Duhem, Executive Director, HearColors (Mexico)
  • Mario Alberto Fócil Ortega, Head of Administration Unit, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) (Mexico)
  • Ahmed Habib, Policy Manager, Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center
  • Abeer Shakweer, Ph.D., Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Egypt)
  • Chang Yong Son, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of ICT Policy, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) (Republic of Korea)

Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Studio E | 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:
 Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Panelists: 
  • Jesus Hernandez-Galan, Director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation, ONCE Foundation (Spain)
  • Yasunobu Ishii, Senior Program Director, Disability Program, The Nippon Foundation (Japan)
  • Licia Sbattella, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accessibility/Natural Language Processing and President's Delegate for Disability, Politecnico di Milano (G3ict Education Task Force Chair) (Italy)
  • Chris M. Law, Ph.D., President, Accessibility Track Consulting LLC
  • Varju Luceno, Director of Communications, DAISY Consortium
  • Isabelle Turmaine, Director, Information Projects and Services, International Association of Universities (IAU) (France)

Track: Innovation

Salon 3 | 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 European EN 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, Standards and Accessibility, Adobe. Co-chair W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WG
Panelists: 
  • Bill Belt, Senior Director, Technology & Standards, CTA
  • Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager, Aging & Accessibility, Panasonic Corporation of North America 
  • Masahito Kawamori, Project Professor, Keio University and Vice-chair, Working Party 2, Study Group 16 (Multimedia), ITU-T
  • Tom Pey, Chair, Wayfindr and CEO of RLSB (UK)

5:00 p.m. to 5:05 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Special Communication
VFO™, an introduction and announcement from the worldwide leader in assistive technology.
Matt Ater, Vice President, Services, VFO

5:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closing Talk Show: “Technology Futurology for an Inclusive World”
Moderated by Shilpi Kapoor
, CEO, 247 Accessible Documents  
With the participation of:
  • Henry Claypool, Director for the Community Living Policy Center, Institute on Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
  • Steve Tyler, Head of Solutions, Strategy and Planning, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

M-Enabling 2017 Agenda and Concluding Remarks:

  • Ned Krause, CEO, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.
  • 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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