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Day 1: Monday, June, 01, 2015
08:00 AM - 07:30 PM Day 1: 2015 M-Enabling Summit Agenda

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.: Registration and Welcome at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Grand Ballroom

Opening Session: Introductory Remarks by Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

Opening Keynote: Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

» Video Proceedings of Introductory Remarks and Opening Keynote (Courtesy: Web AbleTV, Closed Captions, 26 minutes, 56 seconds). 

9:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.: Grand Ballroom | Introductory video: Stephen Hawking on Technology for Persons with Disabilities 

Plenary Panel 1: The Latest Game Changing Innovations in Inclusive Technologies
A highlight of the 4th M-Enabling Summit, this plenary panel will review the latest early stage technologies which will revolutionize the way users interact with digital interfaces, opening new horizons for seniors, persons with disabilities and all users requiring alternate modes of communication.

Session Chair: Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB); Chair of Technical Committee, World Blind Union; and G3ict Trustee

Panelists:

  • Lama Nachman, Senior Principal Engineer and Director, Anticipatory Computing Lab, Intel Labs 
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
  • Jutta Treviranus, Ph.D., Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
  • Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • Mike Ellis, National Director, Sprint Relay
  • Oded Ben Dov, Co-Founder and CEO, Sesame Enable

» Video Proceedings of Plenary Panel 1 (Courtesy: Web AbleTV, Closed Captions, 66 minutes, 41 seconds)

10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: Refreshment Break in Showcase Area | Hosted by The Paciello Group
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

Showcase opens at 10:20 a.m. 

10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.: Grand Ballroom

Introduction: Pat Tessler, International Marketing Manager, E.J.Krause & Associates

Plenary Panel 2: Can Policy and Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation Promote Innovation? Straight Talk from the Senior and Disability Communities, Industry, and Regulators

Bringing together global thought leaders representing the perspectives of different groups of stakeholders, this panel will examine practical cases of how accessibility policies and multi-stakeholder cooperation can promote innovation.

Session Chair: John D. Kemp, President and CEO, The Viscardi Center; G3ict Chair, Advocacy Committee 

Panelists:

  • Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission  (FCC)  
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T 
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast  
  • Adrienne Biddings, Policy Counsel, Google 
  • Dmitry Polikanov, President, Deaf-Blind Support Fund "Con-nection" of Russia

» Video Proceedings of Plenary Panel 2 (Courtesy: Web AbleTV, Closed Captions, 59 minutes, 52 seconds) 

11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Grand Ballroom | Videotaped Remarks by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association

Special Video Presentation: Commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) | View Video Proceedings (Courtesy: Web AbleTV, Closed Captions, 1 minut, 34 seconds).

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch in Showcase Area | Hosted by  CTIA – The Wireless Association
Offered buffet style, the Summit lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.: Parallel Sessions

Track: Assistive Mobile and Wearable Solutions | Studio A – Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users who are deaf or hard of hearing. After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.   

Session Chair: Laurie M. Ellington, Manager, State Government Affairs, CTIA-The Wireless Association • Presentation

Panelists: 

  • Howard Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) 
  • Jeffrey Kramer, Executive Director, Verizon • Presentation
  • Natalie Ryan, Federal Relay Account Manager, Sprint Relay
  • Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CEA Foundation
  • Scott Kelley, Senior Manager, Accessibility and Compliance, LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc.
  • Morten Hansen, Vice President of Partnerships and Connectivity, GN ReSound • Presentation

Track: Cutting-edge Accessibility Environments | Studio B – Latest Accessibility Solutions by Microsoft
This session will be dedicated to Microsoft accessibility developments, including the addition of the Nokia mobile phones product lines it acquired in 2014. Covering accessibility features for end users, accessibility checkers for content editors, tools for developers and cloud solutions, this session will provide a comprehensive view of the accessibility strategy of the world’s largest provider of office and personal productivity products.

Presenter: Dan Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Accessibility

Track: Internet of Things & Cloud | Studio D – Mobile Enabled Smart Homes
Mobile devices empower seniors and persons with disabilities to remotely control and program switches, thermostats, lights, entertainment devices, including television, and multiple home appliances with wireless connections. Smart homes also include automated safety and alert features enabled by mobile devices and the “Internet of Things”.  Panelists will present solutions and their implementation in support of seniors, Veterans and persons with disabilities adopting “Smart Homes” for greater independence. 

Session Chair: Bill Belt, Senior Director, Technology & Standards, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Panelists: 

  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast    
  • Michael Doyle, Lead Product Manager, AT&T Digital Life • Presentation
  • Kevin Braswell, President and CEO, Smart Solutions
  • Brian Jones, Director, Aware Home Research Initiative, Georgia Institute of Technology

Track: All-inclusive Daily Living | Studio E – Reading: e-Books and e-Publishing
Mobile devices present exciting opportunities for persons with disabilities to access and read e-Books, audio books, and other types of content more conveniently and from more sources than ever before. On the supply side, authors, publishers, distributors, libraries, and developers are faced with rapidly evolving business models and technical standards. This panel will explore new and innovative accessible reading applications while addressing the complex technical challenges and other issues impacting the integration of accessibility in to the e-Publishing ecosystem.

Session Chair: Christopher Lee, Ph.D., Director, AMAC (Accessibility Solutions and Research Center), Georgia Institute of Technology

Panelists: 

  • Yevgen Borodin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; President and Director of R&D, Charmtech Labs LLC • Presentation  
  • Howard Kaplan, MD, Developer, Spotlight Text • Presentation
  • Drew LaHart, Program Manager, IBM Accessibility
  • Varju Luceno, Director of Communications and Marketing, DAISY Consortium Presentation
  • Neil Bernstein, R&D Officer for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress • Presentation

Track: Policies & Standards | Studio F – Standards and Guidelines for Accessible Mobile Devices, Apps and Mobile Web
With a majority of on-line activities shifting to mobile platforms and mobile form factors and mobile apps driving an increasing share of Internet traffic, standards and guidelines for accessible mobile web and mobile apps are more necessary than ever. This panel will examine the very latest developments in mobile accessibility standards and guidelines and discuss how they compare to well-accepted web content accessibility guidelines. A discussion will ensue as to how to best promote their implementation.

Session Chair: Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka

Panelists: 

  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T • Presentation
  • Preety Kumar, CEO/Founder, Deque Systems, Inc. • Presentation
  • Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director, BarrierBreak
  • Henny Swan, Senior Accessible User Experience Consultant, The Paciello Group
  • Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), W3C

Track: CMO/CIO Accessibility Imperative | Salon 3 – Security, Privacy, Biometrics and Bio-recognition
Security processes can be a daunting barrier to accessing secured digital contents and services for persons with disabilities, seniors or persons with impairments limiting their interaction with devices. The latest generation of mobile handsets and operating systems is breaking this barrier by offering various biometric and bio-recognition solutions. This session will look at the technologies and applications available in the market place today, what lessons can be learnt, and will also explore how secure mobile devices may leverage Near Field Communications (NFC) allowing persons with disabilities to interact in a secure manner with secured access systems, electronic kiosks, payment terminals and other types of digitally controlled devices.

Session Chair: Puthukode (Ram) Ramachandran, Program Director, Advanced Technologies, IBM Research
Presentation

Panelists:

  • Katie Haritos-Shea, Sr. Accessibility SME, Standards QA Architect, JP Morgan Chase • Presentation
  • Rawlson King, Lead Researcher, BiometricUpdate.com • Presentation
  • Elham Tabassi, Biometrics Expert, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) • Presentation
  • Andy Foote, Strategist, Wells Fargo
  • Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

2:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.: Refreshment Break in Showcase Area
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

3:20 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.: Parallel Sessions

Track: Assistive Mobile and Wearable Solutions | Studio A – Blind and Low Vision
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with visual impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format. 

Session Chair: Paul Schroeder, Vice President of Programs and Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Panelists: 

  • Christopher R. Engelke, Ph.D., Vice President of Augmentative Communications Technologies, Ultratec  
  • Justin Eddings, User Experience Designer, Sprint  
  • Pavel Osipov, Head of Program Enabling Technologies, Deaf-Blind Support Fund "Con-nection" of Russia • Presentation
  • Harris Rosensweig, Director Assistive Technology, TCS Associates 
  • Stephen McCormack, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Visus Technology, Inc. • Presentation

Track: Cutting-edge Accessibility Environments | Studio B – Intel Technologies and Their Application in the Assistive Space
This session will discuss two Intel technologies and their application into the assistive space.  The first technology is ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit), an open source software platform developed at Intel for Professor Stephen Hawking and persons requiring similar assistive solutions. The session will review the capabilities of the system and how it can be configured and expanded by developers to enable persons with disabilities.  The second technology is the Intel RealSense camera which enables a set of capabilities through middleware providing a sense of awareness to devices.  Specifically, the session will review the ability to detect a hand skeleton (for gestures), facial feature tracking, emotion detection and general depth/point cloud capture.  The session will also discuss other technical details of the cameras, such as their size and power consumption — all lending themselves towards solutions that can integrate the capabilities of the camera.

Presenters:

  • Lama Nachman, Senior Principal Engineer and Director, Anticipatory Computing Lab, Intel Labs 
  • Robert Cooksey, RealSense Design Lead, Intel Corporation • Presentation
  • Sai Prasad, Research Scientist, Intel Labs • Presentation

Track: Internet of Things & Cloud | Studio D – Internet of Things and Innovations for Travel and Public Spaces
This session will explore how the Internet of Things may change the accessibility, safety and inclusiveness of travel and public spaces for leisure, social activities, work or education. While still in their infancy, emerging IP connected devices of all kinds interacting with remote systems already play an important role in everyday’s activities for all users. Case studies and innovations in the works will be discussed during this panel including industry and user representatives.

Session Chair: Jay Cardinali, Worldwide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Panelists: 

  • Mike May, CEO, Sendero Group and advisor to Uber Technologies
  • Joel Snyder, Ph.D., President, Audio Description Associates LLC • Presentation
  • Ryan Donahue, Chief Technology Officer, Baltimore Museum of Art • Presentation  
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind
  • David Helms, Chief Product Officer, Radius Networks (invited)

Track: All-inclusive Daily Living | Studio E – Transacting and Paying
Transacting and paying is increasingly a matter of interaction with digital interfaces via computer, mobile phones, ATMs, web sites or automated telephone systems. A recent report by G3ict shows the considerable implications for users who have difficulties interacting with digital financial system sand the work done by banks around the world in addressing those. This panel will examine the latest evolutions in deploying solutions allowing all users to interact with payment and transaction systems from POS to e-commerce web sites, mobile payments or ATMs.

Session Chair: Alireza Darvishy, Professor, Center of Accessibility, Credit Suisse Group and Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab, Zurich University for Applied Sciences

Panelists:

  • Jason Oxman, CEO, Electronic Transactions Association • Presentation
  • Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute (NDI) • Presentation
  • Chris Maury, Founder, Conversant Labs/SayApps
  • Ted Drake, Sr. SW Accessibility Engineer, Accessibility, Intuit • Presentation
  • Monica Ackermann, Senior Manager, Enabling Solutions and Support Management, Scotiabank • Presentation

Track: Policies & Standards | Studio F – Radio Spectrum in Support of Enabling Mobile Solutions  
Radio devices are of primary importance for the lives of persons with disabilities, from solutions for deaf and hard of hearing persons to NFCs, home automation or the Internet of Things for all users. This session, chaired by the ITU Radio Division, will stage a global discussion among IT companies, AT vendors, regulators and organizations of persons with disabilities of the increasing challenges that current spectrum availability create for new inclusive technologies, applications and services and will review possible solutions.

Session Chair: Mario Maniewicz, Deputy to the Director and Chief, IAP Department, Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), ITU • Presentation

Panelists:

  • John W. Kuzin, Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel, Qualcomm 
  • Brian Copsey, Chairman, ETSI ERM TG 17 Broadcast and ancillary services • Presentation | How Radio Aids Work
  • Mary Brown, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Cisco
  • Atsushi Imai, Human Interface Research Division, Science & Technology Research Laboratories, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) • Presentation  
  • Brian Regan, Chief of Staff/Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, FCC

Track: CMO/CIO Accessibility Imperative | Salon 3 – Fortune 500: Data Points and Success Factors in Promoting Accessible Products and Services
With the rapid expansion of the mobile senior market driven by Baby Boomers demographics, Fortune 500 companies are increasingly paying attention to designing products, services and communications that work for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. This panel will review available research and tools which CIOs and CMOs can use to define strategies in order to design and market accessible products and services. Examples of implementation by leading corporations will be presented.  A discussion will ensue emphasizing success factors for CIOs and other marketing executives in implementing such strategies. 

Session Chair: Andrew AJ Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research, The Gartner Group

Panelists: 

  • Rich Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, The Return on Disability Group  
  • Stephen M. Bauer, Ph.D., Competition Manager & Project Officer, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) • Presentation
  • John Rempel, Quality Control and Training Specialist, AMAC, Georgia Institute of Technology  
  • David S. Martin, Program Manager-Disabilities, DOT Compliance, Delta Air Lines

4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Grand Ballroom | FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
In its fourth edition, the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), part of the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative), honor outstanding private and public sector ventures that advance accessibility for persons with disabilities. Ventures include mainstream or assistive technologies introduced into the marketplace, development of standards, and implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. After the ceremony, winners will have the opportunity to share their innovations during a “winner-mixer” with all Summit attendees.

» Video Proceeding of the Awards Ceremony (Courtesy Web AbleTV, Closed Captions, 46 minutes 07 seconds) 

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission 

5:45 p.m.: Grand Ballroom

Introduction: Ron Akins, Senior Vice President, E.J.Krause & Associates

Greetings by Cocktail Host: Preety Kumar, CEO/Founder, Deque Systems, Inc.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception in Ballroom and Showcase Area | Hosted by Deque Systems, Inc.
The Summit’s Cocktail Reception will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.
 
End of Day 1.
    Day 2: Tuesday, June, 02, 2015
    08:00 AM - 06:00 PM Day 2: 2015 M-Enabling Summit Agenda

    8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.: Coffee and Refreshments in Showcase Area 

    8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Grand Ballroom
     
    Kick-off Presentation on "The Future of Internet of Things": Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, ZigBee Alliance
     
    » Video Proceedings on The Future of Internet of Things (Courtesy: WebAble TV, Closed Captions, 11 minutes, 10 seconds) 
    Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, ZigBee Alliance  - See more at: http://g3ict.org/events/schedule/event_agenda/p/eventId_578/id_agenda#sthash.STMI66hn.dpuf

    Plenary Panel: The Internet of Things, A New Frontier for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
    According to The Gartner Group, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020; and a recent survey of the Pew Research Internet Project shows that 83 percent of technology experts and engaged Internet users interviewed believe that the Internet/Cloud of Things, embedded and wearable computing and remote interactive systems will have widespread and beneficial effects by 2025. What are the possible implications for Persons with Disabilities and which areas are most likely to emerge in dramatically improving the independence, inclusion and safety of seniors and persons with disabilities?

    Session Chair: Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT; Fellow of The Irish Computer Society; ISO/IEC Guide 71, ITU

    Panelists:

    • Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, ZigBee Alliance 
    • Dan Norman, Head of Strategic Engagement – North America, GSMA
    • Kimberly Marshall, North America Stakeholder Strategy, Uber Technologies
    • W. Bradley Fain, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Chief, Human Factors Program Office, Georgia Tech Research Institute

    » Video Proceedings of Plenary Panel 3 (Courtesy: WebAble TV, Closed Captions, 53 minutes, 56 seconds)

    10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Refreshment Break in Showcase Area 
    Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

    10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.: Parallel Sessions

    Track: Cutting-edge Accessibility Environments | Studio B – Latest Accessibility Solutions by Apple
    For more than 25 years, Apple has provided new and innovative solutions for persons with disabilities, allowing them to access and enjoy using the Mac, iPhone, iPad and other Apple technology. Apple includes groundbreaking assistive technology in its products, as standard features, at no additional cost. This session will explore the many ways Apple has implemented accessibility features into iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices and look at new products and services, such as the Apple watch and HomeHealth and HomeKit.

    Presenter: Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Product Manager, Apple Inc.

    Track: Assistive Mobile and Wearable Solutions | Studio D – Mobility and Dexterity
    This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with mobility or dexterity impairments. After a kick-off presentation assessing the main technological advances of assistive mobile apps and services addressing physical barriers, the session will review recently released solutions in a panel format.

    Session Chair: David Dikter, CEO, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

    Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

    Panelists:

    • Robert Cooksey, RealSense Design Lead, Intel Corporation 
    • Oded Ben Dov, Co-Founder and CEO, Sesame Enable
    • Mauricio Meza, Co-Founder, Komodo OpenLab Presentation
    • Zach Staats, Director of Clinical Implementation, Tobii Dynavox  Presentation
    • Adam Wing, Vice President of Global Business, AbleNet Inc. Presentation

    Track: All-inclusive Daily Living | Studio E – Interacting with Multimedia
    With the dramatic growth of video programming over the Internet, multiple challenges await users with disabilities since regulations that applied to traditional television are not applicable to Internet only video programming. This panel will explore the latest technical options made available in the market place and private sector initiatives addressing those issues, as well as some of the best accessibility implementations achieved by traditional television broadcasters and cable operators.

    Session Chair: Mike Paciello, Founding Partner, The Paciello Group and WebAble.TV

    Panelists:  

    • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
    • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast 
    • Larry Goldberg, Director, Accessible Media, Yahoo! Presentation
    • Joel Snyder, Ph.D.,  President, Audio Description Associates LLC Presentation
    • Henny Swan, Senior Accessible User Experience Consultant, The Paciello Group Presentation
    • Robin Spinks, ‎Principal Manager, Digital Accessibility, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)/ MovieReading Project

    Track: Policies & Standards | Studio F – International Success Stories in Promoting Accessible Technologies and Services
    The promotion by industry of accessibility features of devices and applications, local accessibility policies, market trends among aging countries and the dynamic marketing of leading international mobile service providers demonstrate that accessibility is an effective competitive tool to expand markets and develop new customer loyalties while ensuring compliance. International leading service providers and accessibility experts will share success stories and discuss how increased accessibility awareness supports those.

    Session Chair: Neil Heslop, Group Director, RNIB Solutions, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

    Panelists:

    • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka
    • Sabine Lobnig, Communications & Regulatory Officer, Mobile Manufacturer Forum (MMF) Presentation
    • Dr. Monique Mai, Director, Communication, Remote Sales, and Public Affairs, Accessibility Department, Orange Group (France)
    • Ananlada Chotimongkol, Thailand National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) Presentation

    Track: CMO/CIO Accessibility Imperative | Salon 3 – Development Tools to Ensure Mobile Apps Accessibility
    Tools such as PhoneGap make it possible for developers to enjoy significant productivity gains by developing once for multiple platforms while using automated programming options allowing them to ensure that their apps are taking full advantage of all the accessibility features of different OS environments. This panel will examine the state of the art of those tools and how to best promote them among developers and corporations creating apps for consumer markets including seniors and persons with disabilities. A discussion of potential financial and marketing benefits for CMOs and CIOs will ensue.

    Session Chair: Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM

    Panelists: 

    • Ferran Gállego, Chief Technology Officer, Code Factory  
    • Timothy Springer, CEO, SBB BART Group  Presentation
    • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems Presentation  
    • Keith Rhodes, VP of Product Development, Deque Systems, Inc.

    11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.: Lunch in Showcase Area | Hosted by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
    Offered buffet style, the Summit lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

    1:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.: Parallel Sessions

    Track: Policies & Standards | Studio A – W3C-WAI: New Horizons for 2020
    An Interactive Session on the Future Evolution of Web Accessibility Guidelines in a Convergent World. Led by Judy Brewer, Director of the W3C – Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), this session will allow web accessibility stakeholders to exchange their perspectives on how current convergence trends across technologies open new opportunities for harmonization and may expand the reach of future W3C-WAI guidelines beyond their current scope.

    Session Chair: Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), W3C

    Panelists:

    • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems
    • Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Jutta Treviranus, Ph.D., Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

    Track: Internet of Things & Cloud | Studio B – Industry Alliances for Interoperable Enabling Solutions
    Interoperability alliances have played a positive role in promoting innovation around communication standards, often led by micro-electronics and component manufacturers. With Near Field Communications (NFC), Internet of Things and multiple communications protocol supporting smart home applications, enabling solutions are definitely in need of industry alignment around common interoperable solutions.  This panel will examine which areas of the M-Enabling Ecosystem are making progress in adopting universal interoperable solutions and which ones requires attention.

    Session Chair: Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

    Panelists: 

    • Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, ZigBee Alliance
    • Jackie McCarthy, Director, Wireless Internet Development, CTIA
    • Jeanne Spellman, Web Accessibility Engineer, W3C-WAI

    Track: Internet of Things & Cloud | Studio D – M-Health and Well-being Apps and Services
    M-Health apps are rapidly transforming the way health services are performed.The ability for health care professionals  to remotely monitor, alert, inform, guide and interact with patients, as well as the multitude of self-care and wellness apps, are transforming practices while enhancing safety and productivity of services delivery. This session will look at innovative m-Health applications and services relevant to seniors and persons with disabilities and hear feedback from users on the accessibility of leading mainstream m-Health apps and services.

    Session Chair: Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CEA FoundationPresentation

    Panelists:

    • Jean Anne Booth, CEO, UnaliWear Presentation
    • Paul Schroeder, VP, American Foundation for the Blind
    • Laura Mitchell, Digital Health, Aging and Tech Consulting
    • John Godfrey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America
    • Mark Barlet, Founder and Executive Director, AbleGamers

    Track: All-inclusive Daily Living | Studio E – Engaging with Others via Social Media
    The accelerated rate of adoption of social media by seniors and persons with disabilities is driven in large part by mobile devices and has a profound impact on their lives. This session will look at the many ways social media benefits seniors and persons with disabilities from family and social activities, health and wellness, safety to advocacy or simply breaking isolation and seclusion due to lack of mobility.  Panelists will review examples of most successful social media activities and how major social media services are adapting their offerings to make them more accessible, usable and relevant to this fast growing group of social media users.   

    Session Chair: Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications & Co-Founder, AXSChat; G3ict EmployAbility and Technology Chair

    Panelists: 

    • Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute (NDI) Presentation
    • Virginia Vuleta, Director, Digital Strategy, Accessible Media, Inc. (AMI) Presentation
    • Gian Wild, CEO, AccessibilityOz Presentation
    • Kendra Cox, Manager, Corporate Compliance and Outreach, AT&T Presentation
    • Mike Bullis, Executive Director, The IMAGE Center Presentation  

    Track: Assistive Mobile and Wearable Solutions | Studio F – Cognitive 
    This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps available to users with cognitive impairments. After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for for this group of users, the session will review examples of  solutions in a panel format. 

    Session Chair: Cathy Bodine, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Colorado Construction Industry Endowed Professorship, and Executive Director, Assistive Technology Partners, Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Colorado - Denver Presentation
    Panelists: 

    • John Morris, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Shepherd Center Presentation
    • Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group Presentation
    • Sabine Lobnig, Communications & Regulatory Officer, Mobile Manufacturer Forum (MMF) Presentation
    • Amy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University/UCEDD Presentation
    • Atsushi Imai, Human Interface Research Division, Science & Technology Research Laboratories, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) 

    Track: CMO/CIO Accessibility Imperative | Salon 3 – Implementing and Leveraging Mobile Accessibility Across the Enterprise
    Beyond accessibility solutions focused on end user interfaces, this session will explore how, in an interconnected society with an ever growing adoption of e-government, e-commerce, e-education, teleworking and social media, large organizations serving a number of constituents must re-think their approach to promoting end-to-end accessible and useful solutions for seniors and users of all abilities, not just individual apps working in isolation. The session will focus on both the technology and organizational aspects of real world implementation case studies.

    Session Chair: Bill Curtis-Davidson, Executive Architect, IBM Accessibility Presentation

    Panelists:  

    • Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Presentation
    • Matt Feldman, Senior Accessibility Consultant, Deque Systems, Inc. Presentation
    • Tim Harshbarger, Accessibility Consultant, State Farm Insurance Companies Presentation

    2:40 a.m. to 3:10 a.m.: Refreshment Break in Showcase Area 
    Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

    3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Parallel Sessions

    Track: Policies & Standards  | Studio A  – Harmonizing Global ICT Accessibility Standards for Public Procurement
    Public procurement rules can help promote ICT accessibility in a major way by motivating industry to compete in offering the best accessibility solutions for government tenders. The United Nations reporting guidelines for CRPD implementation and the latest joint model policy issued by ITU and G3ict set a clear path for State Parties to move forward with public procurement rules.  Effective and globally harmonized accessibility technical standards are critical to success of these procurement policies. This session will review the latest ICT accessibility standards for public procurement which government, industry and advocates can rely on around the world.  U.S., European and Australian perspectives will be shared with a discussion of the merits and feasibility of developing a unified approach to ICT Accessibility standards for public procurement. 

    Session Chair: James Thurston, Vice President for Strategy and Development, G3ict

    Panelists:

    • Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) 
    • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka
    • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
    • Alex Li, Strategic Standards Analyst, Microsoft
    • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems  
    • Jesús Toledano Landero, Director General, CONADIS Mexico
    • Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People's International (DPI)

    Track: Assistive Mobile and Wearable Solutions | Studio B – Seniors 
    Accommodating the specific accessibility requirements of seniors with multiple disabilities is a challenge for service providers, care professionals and all organizations communicating via digital interfaces with the public. Indeed, in many cases, accessible solutions utilize alternate modes of communication which may be ineffective given other form of disabilities seniors may be living with. Information overload and speed of interaction are also major roadblocks in communicating with seniors whose attention, short memory, and ability to react quickly are lower than those of average adults. The panel will discuss how those issues may be best addressed and look at current examples of user interfaces designed with seniors in mind.

    Session Chair: Gary Kaye, Founder, Chief Content Officer, Tech 50+ Presentation

    Panelists:

    • Jean-Claude Junqa, Dr. Eng., Vice President, Panasonic 
    • W. Bradley Fain, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Chief, Human Factors Program Office, Georgia Tech Research Institute Presentation
    • Jeff Makowka, Director, Thought Leadership, AARP Presentation

    Track: Internet of Things & Cloud | Studio D – Cloud Computing Solutions
    Cloud-based solutions make it possible for  applications, data and personal preferences to be available to end users independently of the device they choose. For seniors and persons with disabilities, those characteristics, coupled with broadband wireless low latency networks and bio-metrics, open the door to making a number of applications and services far more accessible than they were before. Also of interest to persons with disabilities is the extent to which new cloud-based applications and services are accessible and interoperate with existing end users’ assistive technologies.

    Session Chair: Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Presentation

    Panelists:

    • Nathaniel T. Bradley, Chief Executive Officer and Director, AudioEye, Inc. Presentation
    • Puthukode (Ram) Ramachandran, Program Director, Advanced Technologies, IBM Research Presentation
    • Raising the Floor/GPII Presentation Presentation
    • Amihai Miron, CEO, User1st Presentation

    Track: All-inclusive Daily Living | Studio E – Working and Learning
    Working and learning are critical aspects of the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. This session will explore the latest trends and innovations in making workplace and learning environments more accessible. In particular, the panel will examine the methods that organizations can adopt to ensure that beyond individual accommodations, essential tools and information sources are made accessible to all users including enterprise systems, professional social media, databases and electronic libraries, e-learning and other online resources. The panel will also discuss the potential contribution of mobile technologies to improving the accessibility of the workplace and learning environments.

    Session Chair: Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group

    Panelists:

    • Dan Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Accessibility
    • Amy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University/UCEDD Presentation
    • Yevgen Borodin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; President and Director of R&D, Charmtech Labs LLC Presentation
    • David Wu, CEO and President, Ai Squared 
    • Kara Zirkle, IT Accessibility Coordinator, George Mason University
    • Henry Claypool, Owner, Claypool Consulting

    Track: Policies & Standards | Studio F – Promoting Accessibility Professional Skills across Industries and Academia
    CIOs, app developers, assistive technology vendors and the IT industry at large all experience considerable difficulties in recruiting information system professionals, engineers, web site designers or programmers with a working knowledge of accessibility.  This session will provide an overview of the causes of the deficit of accessibility skills in the market place and examine the different training and education channels which may be leveraged to remedy this situation including the newly formed IAAP, accredited computers sciences programs at colleges and universities, professional associations, IT certification programs offered by industry, embedded training modules in development tools and on line resources.

    Session Chair: Jutta Treviranus, Ph.D., Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University Presentation

    Panelists:

    • Jeff Brandt, Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
    • Josh Christianson, Project Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Presentation
    • Paul Bohman, Ph.D., IAAP Certification Committee Chair, Director of Training, Deque Systems, Inc.
    • Gerard Ellis, Feel The BenefIT; Fellow of The Irish Computer Society; ISO/IEC Guide 71, ITU Presentation

    Track: CMO/CIO Accessibility Imperative | Salon 3 – Engaging Persons with Disabilities in Accessibility Strategies
    This session will examine the  successes of large corporations and public services involving persons with disabilities in the design, testing and marketing and promotion of accessible solutions. It will also look at how policies and programs of governments from around the world call upon organizations of persons with disabilities to provide input in the development, implementation and monitoring of accessibility policies and programs. A discussion of the success factors for such involvement will ensue, including panelists representing different advocacy organizations, industry and governments from the United States and abroad.

    Session Chair: Mark Balsano, Executive Director of the Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T 

    Panelists: 

    • Abeer Shakweer, Ph.D., Minister's Advisor for Social Services, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Egypt)
    • Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf, Convener of the ITU JCA-AHF (Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors), Coordinator IGF DCAD (Dynamic Coalition  on Accessibility and Disability) and G3ict Permanent Representative to the ITU  
    • Ben Lippincott, Project Director, Industry & Consumer Outreach/Education/Support, Wireless RERC  
    • Anais Keenon, Inclusion Coordinator, Program Development & Innovation, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Presentation

    4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Grand Ballroom - Closing Session

    Plenary Panel:

    Plenary Panel 4: One Billion Users: Global Opportunities for Mobile Accessibility. New Directions for the M-Enabling Eco-System
    The closing session will bring together participating thought leaders from international organizations, industry, government and the user community who will summarize key findings and explore new directions and opportunities identified for the global mobile accessibility eco-system during the 2015 M-Enabling Summit.

    Session Chair: Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience (GP SURR), The World Bank Group  

    Panelists: 

    • Dr. Kemal Huseinović, Chief, Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department (IEE), ITU-D
    • Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM
    • Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People’s International (DPI) 
    • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board  

    » Video Proceedings of Plenary Panel 4 (Courtesy: WebAble TV, Closed Captions, 56 minutes, 45 seconds)

    5:30 p.m.: M-Enabling 2016 Agenda and Concluding Remarks 

    • Ned Krause, CEO, E.J. Krause & Associates
    • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

    Adjournment, Showcase Closes