M-Enabling Forum at MWCA 2017

747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Moscone West, Level 2, Theater 2024



MC: Paul Schroeder, M-Enabling Forum 2017 Program Chair

11:00 to 11:15 a.m.

Welcome: Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
Introductory Remarks: Dan Norman, Head of Strategic Engagement for North America, GSMA

11:15 to 12:15 a.m.

How Leading Corporations Leverage Mobile Enabling Technologies for Greater Outreach and User Adoption

Success stories in fostering adoption and usage among seniors and persons with disabilities from around the world.

Moderator: Paul Schroeder, Director, Public Policy & Strategic Alliances, Aira
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Michael Ellis, Global Vice President of Accessibility, Sprint
  • Mike Shebanek, Sr. Director of Accessibility, Yahoo!
  • G. Patrick Webre, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. - Networking Lunch

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

The Sky Is the Limit!  Leading Innovations in Accessibility and Assistive User Interfaces for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

An overview of the ground-breaking innovations brought by mobile enabling technologies and how mobile operators and large end user organizations can best leverage those to enhance users’ experience.

Moderator: Shilpi Kapoor, CEO, BarrierBreak
  • Chuck Eger, Director for North America, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)
  • Justin Eddings, User Experience Designer, Sprint
  • Christopher Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mike Sax, Founder and Chairman, ACT | The App Association

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

From IoT to RFrom IoT to Robotics, Wearables and Artificial Intelligence: Next Generation Mobile Services in Support of Independent living for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

With a skyrocketing aging population in many parts of the world, remote mobile enabled services offer considerable opportunities to enhance the well-being and personal safety of millions of persons while improving the sustainability of support services.

Moderator: Joshua Miele, Ph.D., Associate Director of Technology Research and Development, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Low Vision and Blindness, Smith-Kettlewell 
  • Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager, Google
  • Suman Kanuganti, Founder and CEO, Aira
  • Anirudh Koul, Senior Data Scientist, Microsoft
  • Ruoyi Zhou, Ph.D., Director, Accessibility Research, IBM Research

3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - Networking Refreshment Break

3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Mobile Enabled Solutions for Inclusive Smart Cities

While implementing smart cities strategies, local governments, mobile operators and service providers can reach out to more citizens by ensuring that all digital services leverage enabling technologies and are made accessible from an early stage of design.

Co-Moderators: James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict and Victor Santiago Pineda, Ph.D., President and Founder, Pineda Foundation/World ENABLED
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Erin Lauridsen, Access Technology Director, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Ashley Meyers, Product Manager, City of San Francisco’s Digital Services Team

4:45 p.m.

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

M-Enabling Forum Agenda at MWC Americas 2017


Headline Sponsor: Networking Lunch Sponsor: Networking Refreshments Sponsor



Customized sponsorship packages are available. For additional information contact:

  • Pat Hazan-Tessler
    Tel. 301- 493-5500, ext. 3386
Conference Registration

In Cooperation with:

ITU - International Telecommunication Union

Featured Activities:

FCC Chairman’s AAA Awards 
Smart Cities for All Forum
Speed Networking
Inclusive Higher Education Forum
IAAP Technical Sessions
IAAP Certification Exam Sessions
Robot of the Year Award

Corporate Sponsors:

Audioeye Barrier Break
CSD foxit Software
JPMorgan Chase & Co.  

Media Partners:

DiversityComm, Inc. Proud Publishers of DIVERSEability TV Worldwide
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