Program overview M-Enabling Forum

Digital accessibility and assistive technologies

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08:00 a.m.

Registration and Welcome Coffee


08:45 a.m.

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, ONCE Fundacion, Spain


09:00 a.m.

Opening speech

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

Joachim Schäfer
Dr. Christian Schramm

09:20 a.m.

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 (invited)

Lydia Best, Vice Chair, European Federation of Hard Hearing People, UK
Klaus Niederlander, Director AAL Association, Active and Assisted Living, Belgium
François-René Germain, Vice President, Group Accessibility Department, Orange / France Télécom, Belgium
Humberto Insolera, Executive Committee Member, European Disability Forum (EDF), Belgium (invited)
Natalie González, Fundación ONCE, Spain

10:45 a.m.

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 a.m.

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

Christoph Jo. Müller, Board President of BEH German Association of Manufacturers and Retailers of Assistive Technologies, Germany
Bernd Schneider, TeSs Relay Dienste, Germany
Barbara Operschall, CEO, Speechcode, Austria
Steve Tyler, Director of Assistive Technologies, Leonard Cheshire, UK (invited)

12:15 p.m.

Elevator Pitch for Innovations

Exhibiting companies present their innovations and auxiliary technologies in a short presentation

12:30 p.m.

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.

01:30 p.m.

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

Alejandro Moledo, New Technologies and Innovation Officer, EDF
Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), W3C, Austria
Klaus-Peter Wegge, Accessibility Competence Center, Siemens AG, Germany
Kai Kallweit, Technical Regulation, Bitkom e.V. (invited)

02:30 p.m.

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 p.m.

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.

03:45 p.m.

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: James Thurston, VP Global Strategy and Development, G3ict

Holger Dieterich, Chairman, SOZIALHELDEN e.V. (, Germany
Florence Orban, Director of Corporate Development, RSBC / Wayfindr, UK
Bosch BSHG, Miele or Siemens

04:45 p.m.

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: Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications

Jaume Cunill, CEO, Tech4Freedom, Spain
Dr. Marius Mews, Head Finance and Reserach, PIKSL Project, Germany
Adina Braha-Honciuc, Government Affairs Manager EU Policy Microsoft, Belgium
Anka Wittenberg, SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP (invited)

05:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

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