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Panel Discussion on Adopting the Smart City Accessible ICT Public Procurement Model Policy

Start Date: May 19, 2022

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Location: Online; Brussels


The panel discussion, a collaboration of G3ict, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) demonstrated how Smart Cities worldwide are uniquely positioned to use their considerable purchasing power, including of information and communications technologies (ICT), to advance the rights and digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons. The discussion was targeted specifically to cities in Europe but open to participants worldwide.

G3ict, through its Smart Cities for All global initiative, is partnering with the World Economic Forum, Secretariat for the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, to help cities worldwide adopt technology procurement policies that support greater inclusion. Microsoft Corporation is providing funding and expertise to support this global Inclusive Procurement Launchpad project.


  • Monica Duhem, Director, HearColors
  • Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Director, Capacity Building and Advocacy, G3ict
  • Burcu Özdemir, Smart City Director, City of Istanbul
  • Federico Batista Poitier, Accessibility Policy Officer, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • Rushi Ramachandrappa, Smart Cities Lead, World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Laura Ruby, Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards, Microsoft
  • Stephen David Simon, Executive Director, Department on Disability, City of Los Angeles
  • James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
  • Ricardo Alberto Pozo Urquizo, Mobility Authority Secretary, City of Quito
  • Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President of the Government and Smart Cities Strategies practice, IDC

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