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2022 M-Enabling Summit Agenda Schedule

Sunday, October 23:

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Registration

Monday, October 24:

  • 7:30 am to 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am to 10:30 am: Plenary Session
    • Welcome and Introductory Remarks
    • Opening Keynote: Digital Inclusion Strategies for Equal Opportunities
    • Round Table: Harvesting Digital Transformations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
      The opening plenary round table of the M-Enabling Summit will examine the increasingly complex interactions between digital transformation and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies and review how some of the largest organizations in the world manage those interactions and leverage technology and digital accessibility to meet their DEI objectives.
  • 10:30 am to 11:00 am: Exhibitors Showcase Opening & Networking Break
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: Innovation Drivers: The Next Disrupters
      Over the past few years, innovations in user interfaces have benefitted from the considerable scale of the mobile and consumer electronics markets.  This session will examine how consumer products have brought affordable accessibility features to everyone and which technology breakthroughs may be anticipated to enable new accessibility solutions and benefit from upcoming high-growth areas such as gaming or metaverse.
    • Panel Discussion: Users as Digital Creators: Perspectives on Accessibility and Self-Expression
      Digital inclusion is often perceived as ensuring that Persons with Disabilities can access and interact with digital products, content, and services equally with others.  This panel will focus on digital inclusion as an enabler for the self-expression of Persons with Disabilities as digital creators. 
    • Innovation Sprint Meetup
    • Sponsored Session: Crawford Technologies
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: Technology and Workplace
    • Panel Discussion: Broadband Connectivity for All: Future Evolutions
      Broadband availability is an essential enabler of digital inclusion for Persons with Disabilities. It is expanding quickly in the United States and abroad, supported by massive investments by Internet Service Providers. How are Persons with Disabilities benefitting from this evolution? What are the specific applications and services that best drive broadband adoption by Persons with Disabilities? Should Persons with Disabilities be offered superior service levels to ensure that mission-critical data traffic is prioritized for mobile broadband?
    • Meet the Leaders: Q/A with Guest Speaker
      Lightning Talk, followed by an “off the record” moderated dialogue with the audience.
    • Sponsored Session: Google
  • 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: Advocates’ Perspectives on Future Directions for Digital Accessibility Innovation
      As “Extreme Users,” Persons with Disabilities are an invaluable source of UX innovation. This session will stage disability advocates involved in technology developments who will discuss opportunities for digital accessibility innovation and how those may be best pursued, and by which mix of stakeholders.
    • Panel Discussion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Listening to End User’s Experience
      A direct hands-on review of real-world end-user experiences that best exemplifies the accessibility challenges and opportunities of well-known digital products, content, or services with a discussion of how organizations can better leverage users’ feedback to improve accessibility. 
    • Meet the Leaders: Q/A with Guest Speaker
      Lightning Talk, followed by an “off the record” moderated dialogue with the audience.
    • Sponsored Session: Google
  • 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm: Networking Break
  • 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: The Rising Impact of Global Trends in Digital Accessibility
      With 185 countries having ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and expanding usage of virtual environments worldwide, digital accessibility policies and programs are on the rise globally.  This session will provide an overview of those trends and how international companies factor them in their product development, digital marketing, and web services across geographies and functional areas. 
    • Panel Discussion: Smart Connected Mobility Solutions for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons
      The convergence and integration of digital applications with mobility devices open a new world of solutions for Persons with Disabilities and older persons, both as end-users at home and in smart city environments, stimulating innovative infrastructure innovations.  This session will review the latest innovations and industry initiatives leveraging those trends.
    • Innovation Sprint Meetup
    • Sponsored Session: Google
  • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: M-Enabling 10th Anniversary, Opening Night Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 25:

  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am to 10:30 am: Plenary Session
    • Advocacy Keynote
    • Round Table: Next Steps for Digital Accessibility Policies and Standards
      Accessibility standards and guidelines play a critical role in promoting digital accessibility from a public policy angle and in setting desired outcomes for digital products, content, and services.  The panel will explore progress achieved in global harmonization and adoption, implementation gaps, and the likely evolution of accessibility standards in a rapidly evolving technology environment.
  • 10:30 am to 11:00 am: Networking Break
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: European Accessibility Act: Where Are We Now?
      The European Accessibility Legislation with the European Accessibility Act, the European Web Accessibility Directive, and the European Public Procurement Directive on Accessibility are being transposed into national legislation and regulations among the EU Member States.  What does the situation look like for organizations operating in the European Union? What is the impact of those new measures beyond Europe?  How much harmonization exists between the United States, the European Union, and other countries with similar legislation?  This session will provide an update on those questions, followed by an interactive discussion with panelists.
    • Panel Discussion: Digital Inclusion Strategies for Older Persons
      Aging demographics present a challenge for organizations offering digital products, content, and services: accessibility features often rely on alternative modes of user interaction which may not work for older persons living with multiple disabilities, including sensorial, physical, and cognitive.  This session will examine possible solutions to ensure the digital inclusion of older persons.
    • Meet the Leaders | Q/A with Guest Speaker
      Lightning Talk, followed by an “off the record” moderated dialogue with the audience.
    • Sponsored Session
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: Advancing the Accessibility of Virtual and Hybrid Meetings and Conferencing
      The rapid and massive adoption of virtual meetings, teleservices, and collaboration tools across all sectors of activities presents great opportunities for the inclusion of persons with disabilities if accessibility is factored in all their processes. This session will review the progress made by platform vendors in offering accessibility features, remaining opportunities for further improvements, and how to ensure greater awareness and proper utilization of those accessibility features by organizations.
    • Panel Discussion: New Opportunities for Assistive Technologies in an Interconnected Environment
      While Assistive Technologies providers have historically promoted standalone user-centered solutions, much potential exist for assistive technologies innovators to leverage the Internet of Things, Smart Homes or Smart Cities innovations as well as low-cost consumer devices offering alternative modes of communications.  This session will stage a dialogue between industry and advocates to examine collaboration opportunities between the assistive technologies, consumer electronics and mobile industries in promoting Persons with Disabilities’ independent living, developing standards, tools, and platforms that enable seamless interactions with their environment.
    • Innovation Sprint Meetup
    • Sponsored Session
  • 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: Neurotechnologies, a New Frontier for Wearables in Gaming and Assistive Solutions
      AI-enabled neuro-technologies are emerging as an entirely new field of innovation in assistive solutions that can transform the lives of persons with disabilities. And while neuro-technologies, including Brain-Computer Interfaces, have been explored for a while, competition and research and development investments are accelerating with major players entering the field, opening the door to marketable solutions for mobile, wearable, and gaming platforms.
    • Panel Discussion: Generational and Intersectional Digital Gaps: Why It Matters
      Leading organizations in matters of Disability Inclusion are increasingly looking at the importance of factoring in the intersectionality of disability and race, color, sex, age, cultural background, or gender identity.  How can Digital Inclusion strategies contribute to addressing stigma, discrimination, isolation, lack of understanding, or exclusion by peers when multiple factors are at play?  An exchange of perspectives between DEI leaders and advocates will be followed by Q&A with participants.
    • Meet the Leaders: Q/A with Guest Speaker
      Lightning Talk, followed by an “off the record” moderated dialogue with the audience.
    • Sponsored Session
  • 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm: Networking Break
  • 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm: Parallel Sessions
    • Panel Discussion: Smart Cities at the Forefront of Digital Inclusion
      The global smart city market has grown to more than $1.6 trillion as of 2021. This growing economic opportunity inherently involves the opportunity to engage, inform and improve the lives of citizens. For the 25% of people in U.S. cities who are aging or living with disabilities, smart city technologies can be built to deliver better access and fuller participation in the life of their cities. New interconnected solutions enable improved mobility solutions, increased opportunity for aging-in-place, and applications and services that support independent living and transform cities into more enabling environments. This session will review how the impact of this ecosystem goes beyond any one community and how this its connectivity innovations have the potential to support millions of families and caretakers while providing a platform for citizen entrepreneurs to craft unique civil tech solutions.
    • Panel Discussion: Accessibility of Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Software as a Service (SaaS) has grown exponentially over the past decade and provides applications and services to millions of businesses, education institutions, and government agencies.  This session will examine the lack of accessibility of many SaaS offerings in the marketplace, how this has become a critical challenge for many organizations, and how disability advocates and organizations buying those services should engage with SaaS providers in addressing those gaps. 
    • Innovation Sprint Meetup
    • Sponsored Session
  • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: M-Enabling Innovation Sprint Presentations, Professional Meetups & Networking

Wednesday, October 26:

  • 8:00 am to 8:30 am: Registration
  • 8:30 am to 1:00 pm: M-Enabling A11y Expert Forum on Digital Inclusion Implementation Strategies
    Presented by IAAP, the M-Enabling Summit A11y Expert Forum will repeat its successful approach of facilitating discussions among CAOs, CIOs, DEI, Compliance, and Accessibility executives to share their experience in implementing digital accessibility strategies with lightning talks, round tables, and open forums.
  • 8:30 am to 9:15 am
    • Lightning Talks: CAOs Perspectives on Digital Inclusion and Accessibility: Why It Matters? Followed by a dialogue with participants on digital inclusion and accessibility implementation strategies.
  • 9:15 am to 10:30 am
    • Round Table: Building a Strategy and Roadmaps for Digital Accessibility
      A sharing of experience among organizations implementing maturity models for actionable organizational output.
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am
    • Networking Break
  • 10:45 am to 11:30 am
    • Panel Discussion: Monitoring Accessibility Across the Organization, Metrics, and Dashboards
  • 11:30 am to 12:15 pm
    • Data Blitz: Maturity Models Implementation Tools and Resources
  • 12:15 pm to 12:55 pm
    • Open Forum: Highlights and Future Action Steps
  • 12:55 pm to 1:00 pm
    • Closing Remarks
  • 1:00 pm | Adjournment

For more information:

  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi
    VP, Institutional Relations & Advocacy, G3ict