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Five Trends You Cannot Miss at the 2015 M-Enabling Summit
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Five Trends You Cannot Miss at the 2015 M-Enabling Summit

senior citizens on their mobile Young woman teaching a senior citizen woman something on the laptop  

Trend #1: The Internet of Things is real, here to stay, with huge potential for new development opportunities benefitting seniors and persons with disabilities. 
Keynote by the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro, will show how mobile and wirelessly connected consumer electronics will revolutionize our lives and increasingly benefit seniors and persons with disabilities. Sessions will further dive in actual examples such as:

  • Mobile-enabled Smart Homes, chaired by Bill Belt, Senior Director, Technology & Standards, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • Internet of Things for travel and public spaces, chaired by Jay Cardinali, Worldwide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resort
  • m-Health and well-being apps and services, chaired by Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CEA Foundation

Trend #2: User interfaces are evolving rapidly offering unprecedented accessibility and assistive alternatives for blindness and low vision, hearing loss, cognitive and physical disabilities.

  • Lama Nachman, Principal Engineer, Manager of Anticipatory Computing Lab at Intel Labs, will hold a special session on Intel’s ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit), an open source software platform developed at Intel for Professor Stephen Hawking and persons requiring similar assistive solutions. Intel will also share the latest about its RealSense camera software which provides a sense of awareness to devices.
  • Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, will share Microsoft’s latest advances in user interfaces, including Kinect for Xbox
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect at Amazon Lab126, will unveil the latest features of Amazon’s Word Wise, Immersion Reading, and Echo, real game changers in their respective markets
  • Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Product Manager at Apple, will review in detail the accessibility features of the latest Apple products which embed advanced micro-electronic and software innovations;
  • Oded Ben Dov, Co-Founder and CEO of Sesame Enable, will demonstrate the Sesame Phone, a touch-free smartphone users can control by small movements of their head;
  • Puthukode (Ram) Ramachandran, Program Director, Advanced Technologies, IBM Research, will chair a session on privacy and the latest biometrics solutions and their applicability to solutions for seniors and persons with disabilities;

Trend #3: New development tools making it easier to develop accessible user interfaces, while increasing coding productivity, are becoming available

Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM will chair a session to review the latest tools for mobile developers to create accessible apps with top leading experts:

  • Ferran Gállego, Chief Technology Officer, Code Factory  
  • Tim Springer, CEO, SBB BART Group  
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems  
  • Dylan Barrell, Chief Technology Officer, Deque Systems
  • Kathy Whalbin, CEO and Founder, Interactive Accessibility 

Trend #4: Industry alliances, radio spectrum and Internet of Things standards are shaping the way connected accessibility and assistive solutions will work. Three sessions dedicated to those topics will explain the latest trends with executives of those organizations defining new directions such as:

  • Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, ZigBee Alliance
  • Mario Maniewicz, Chief, IAP Department, Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), ITU
  • Dan Norman, Head of Strategic Engagement – North America, GSMA
  • Mary Brown, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Cisco

Trend #5: Innovators from all over the world are now taking advantage of the global mobile market dynamics and economies of scale, transforming the assistive and accessible technologies landscape. At the Summit this year, over 30 countries, will be represented with start-ups, companies and developers such as:

  • Oded Ben Dov, Co-Founder and CEO, Sesame Enable from Israel 
  • Sergei Fleytyn, Deaf-Blind Support Fund "Con-nection" from Russia
  • Shilpi Kapoor, Founder/Director, BarrierBreak, from India
  • MovieReading, from Italy
  • Ferran Gállego, Chief Technology Officer, Code Factory, from Spain

We look forward for you to joining us and the many advocacy organizations, industry leaders, experts, developers and policy makers committed to promote accessibility and assistive technologies in a mobile-enabled world. The 2015 M-Enabling Summit promises to be exceptionally fertile in innovation and exchanges of experiences.

View the conference agenda: http://www.m-enabling.com/agenda.html.