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G3ict logoM-Enabling: Making Mobile
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The Global Initiative for Inclusive Communication Technologies (G3ict) will host the 2nd M-Enabling Summit, June 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and conference and showcase organizer E.J. Krause and Associates. This is the second edition of a unique gathering of companies, policy makers, senior and disability advocates who are promoting accessible and assistive solutions for senior citizens and users with disabilities, a large population of one billion persons worldwide.

The Summit will be preceded by a day of briefings hosted at the FCC headquarters on June 5th for international delegates to learn about specific areas of implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) in the United States. All international M-Enabling Summit delegates will be welcome to register and choose topics of discussion of interest with FCC commissioners and executives.

The M-Enabling Summit 2013 will be entirely dedicated to reviewing how to best promote and implement accessible mobile communications and services for senior citizens and persons of all abilities and is supported by major disability and senior organizations, as well as industry associations and the private sector. The Summit is expected to attract hundreds of participants from more than 40 countries, underlining the global scope of new mobile opportunities for users and developers alike.

The program will focus on accessibility innovations with 150 speakers, private sector leaders, apps developers, policy makers, mobile accessibility experts and disability advocates sharing their experience. Confirmed presenters include representatives of leading organizations of persons with disabilities and senior citizens including the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI), as well as executives of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CTIA-The Wireless Association, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) alongside with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Adobe Systems, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Orange, Deque Systems, Freedom Scientific, IBM, Code Factory, Oracle, Apps4Android and a number of developers of mobile enabled accessibility solutions.

The Summit will offer participants an opportunity to:

  • Meet applications developers and innovators currently developing advanced mobile assistive solutions and services for seniors and persons with disabilities, and benefit from hands-on demos;
  • Find out how latest mobile solutions on smart phones and tablets open opportunities for business, governments, educators and care professionals to serve a wide range of users seeking accessible and assistive solutions;
  • Review the latest success stories in fostering greater mobile technology adoption among users living with disabilities around the world;
  • Find out how new mobile technologies and applications are helping major mobile service providers and businesses to meet accessibility requirements for seniors and persons with disabilities;
  • Check leading apps and services for emergency response and disaster preparedness, special education, financial services, broadcasting, rehabilitation, senior care services, travel and tourism, health services, education, independent living, gaming and mainstream commercial services;
  • Discover the steps taken by leading public and private sector organizations to implement accessible mobile services for seniors and persons with disabilities;
  • Hear how the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the emergence of mobile accessibility legislations, policies and programs including the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act are creating a new playing field for the mobile accessibility eco-system;
  • Learn how to develop accessible mobile web applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Presenters at the M-Enabling Summit 2013 are expected to emphasize the mainstreaming of accessibility as a competitive advantage for device manufacturers, apps developers and service providers: since the iPhone was launched, Android and now Windows 8 and BlackBerry have caught up in offering similar accessibility features. That is because at any point in time every day, anyone may be using their device with a situational disability such as not being able to touch (driving), see (sun light), hear (in a meeting). Accessibility helps all mobile users, a fact that will drive accessibility research and development for years to come. Persons with disabilities and seniors are “extreme users”: meeting their needs means enhancing the experience of all users. Hundreds of new applications and services are now competing in this new market place.
 
M-Enabling Summit 2013

G3ict logoFor additional information on early bird registration to attend the M-Enabling Summit visit: www.m-enabling.com

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