International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care
Messe Düsseldorf / Germany

Conference Agenda

As of September 20, 2018

08:00 to 08:45

Registration and Welcome Coffee


08:45 to 09:00

  •        MC: Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President,Institutional Relations, G3ict
  • Welcome Remarks

    •        Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
    •        Regine Gessner, Managing Director-Germany, E.J. Krause and Associates, Inc.
    •        Jesús Hernández Galán, Director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation Area, Fundación ONCE, Spain

    09:00 to 09:20

    Keynote Speaker: Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Senior Expert, Disability & Inclusion, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


    09:20 to 09:30

    Q/As Session


    9:30 to 10:45

    The Sky is the Limit! New Paradigm for Independent Living

    Following the Opening Inaugural Keynote of the European M-Enabling Forum, this panel will review the considerable impact that enabling technologies innovations have on independent living.  Users will share their real-world experiences with powerful stories of how technology has changed their lives. Industry leaders will review how the accessibility features of mobile devices and mobile operating systems offer unprecedented opportunities for app developers and service providers to address the needs of persons with disabilities and the elderly, their care givers.  The panel will also discuss how accessible devices, contents and services benefit the entire marketplace and why they are becoming an important competitive advantage for corporations.


    Moderator: Yuval Wagner, Founder and President, Access Israel


    •        Lidia Best, Vice Chair, European Federation of Hard of Hearing People, UK
    •        Seth Bravin , Director of Strategic Alliances, Sprint Accessibility, USA
    •        Prof. Dr. Thomas Kahlisch, Boardmember Association for Blind and Visual Impaired (DBSV) and member of BAGSO working group New Media, Germany
    •        François-René Germain, Group Chief Accessibility Officer, Orange
    •        Natali González, Accessibility Expert, Fundación ONCE, Spain

    10:45 to 11:15

    Networking Refreshment Break, hosted by Fundación ONCE

    Offered between sessions, the M-Enabling Forum refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting room.


    11:15 to 12:30

    Innovative Apps, Products and Services for Independent Living

    Presentations of a selection of the most impactful innovative apps, products and services in key areas of independent living: education, workplace, entertainment, health or social life. This panel will be more technology focused than the previous one and dedicated to presenting and assessing leading edge innovations in accessibility.  For instance voice recognition with instant captioning on mobile devices, apps to read sign language or automated captions on demand for web content. 

    Moderator: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF), Austria


    •        Sarah Herrlinger, Director Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Apple, USA
    •        Christoph Jo. Müller, Board President of BEH German Association of Manufacturers and Retailers of Assistive Technologies, Germany
    •        Barbara Operschall, CEO, SpeechCode, Austria
    •        Bernd Schneider, Tess Relay Dienste, Speaker for Public Relations, Germany



    12:30 to 13:30

    Networking Lunch

    Offered buffet style, the M-Enabling Forum lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting room.


    13:30 to 14:30

    Policies, Programs and Strategies to Promote an Accessible Mobile Ecosystem

    A review of the impact of the latest European digital accessibility policies, programs and standards on organizations providing digital contents, products and services to the public.  A discussion will ensue of the benefits of multi-stakeholder engagement to align innovation, business and regulatory strategies with user’s needs.

    Moderator: Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT, Ireland


    •        Rosheen Awotar-Mauree, Programme Officer, ITU Office for Europe, International Telecommunication Union
    •        Kaoru Mizuno, Programme Coordinator, TSB, International Telecommunication Union
    •        Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), W3C, Austria
    •        Pat Clarke , Vice President, European Disability Forum (EDF)
    •        Klaus-Peter Wegge, Accessibility Competence Center, Siemens AG, Germany

    14:30 to 15:30

    From Commitments to Implementation: Capacity Building

    How training and certification in digital accessibility are becoming an essential tool for organizations and individuals to ensure that everything digitally designed, published and distributed is accessible to everyone.

    Moderator: Gottfried Zimmermann, Professor of Mobile User Interaction, Stuttgart Media University (Germany), IAAP Global Leadership Council Member


    •        Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka, Sweden
    •        David Banes, Director, Access and Inclusion, UK
    •        Klaus Höckner, Vice Chairman, Austrian Society for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Austria
    •        Anne-Marie Nebe, Accessibility & Usability Expert, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Test and Integration Center, Germany

    15:30 to 15:45

    Networking Refreshment Break hosted by Fundación ONCE

    Offered between sessions, the M-Enabling Forum refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting room.


    15:45 to 16:45

    Case Study Session

    Enabling Accessible Environments for Independent Living: IoT, Smart Homes, Smart Cities

    Case studies and examples of apps and services leveraging accessibility APIs, IoT enabled apps, products and services at home and in smart cities, remote mobile care services using various types of sensor and wearable devices and big data analysis.

    Moderator: Jesús Hernández Galán, Director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation Area, Fundación ONCE, Spain


    •        Adina Braha-Honciuc, Government Affairs Manager EU Policy, Microsoft, Belgium
    •        Holger Dieterich,Chairman, SOZIALHELDEN e.V. (, Germany
    •        Tiernan Kenny, Head of Communications, Public Affairs and Standards / Wayfindr, UK
    •        María José Millán, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Visualfy, Spain
    •        Jesica Rivero Espinosa, R & D Team Leader, Ilunion Tecnologia y Accesibilidad, Spain


    16:45 to 17:45

    Smart Accessibility, Engine of Prosperity for All Society: Keys to Turn It into a Global Trend

    We explore present facts & specific methodologies boosting accessibility actions to be, above all, the engine to create welfare, profitable corporate projects & economic prosperity of the whole society. Thereby, Smart Accessibility will turn into the key for society, corporations and governments to enthusiastically invest in inclusion actions.

    Moderator: Lucy Ruck, Technology Taskforce Manager, Business Disability Forum, UK


    •        Adina Braha-Honciuc, Government Affairs Manager EU Policy Microsoft, Belgium
    •        Dr. Ingo Bosse, Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department for Motor and Developmental Disabilities, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
    •        Jaume Cunill, CEO, Tech4Freedom, Spain
    •        Dr. Marius Mews, Finance and Research, PIKSL Project, Germany

    17:45 to 18:00

    Concluding Remarks

    Key takeaways from M-Enabling Forum, thoughts for the future

    •        Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict




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