Conference and Showcase for Digital Accessibility

The need for accessible technology to ensure people of all abilities to have access to a digital life is paramount. The possibilities of innovative inclusion technologies, above all, are a chance for society. This was the key theme of the first annual M-Enabling Forum Europe, held September 27, 2018 in the Congress Center of Messe Düsseldorf.

The conference and showcase was organized by, global exhibition management company E.J. Krause & Associates and The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technology (G3ict), an advocacy initiative launched under the auspices of the United Nations to promote digital accessibility

More than 150 conference guests and over 20 sponsors and exhibitors participated in the M-Enabling Forum. Participants and attendees came from 14 countries including: Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Representatives from organizations of persons with disabilities, technology companies, regulatory bodies and institutions gathered for a day of thought-provoking panel discussions, innovative exhibition displays in the foyer showcase and intensive networking.

Inmaculada Placencia Porrero from the European Commission served as the opening keynote speaker. In her remarks, Ms Placencia Porrero pointed out that there is progress in the converging European ecosystem, she highlighted how accessibility needs to become mainstream and a major goal in closing the gap between persons with disabilities and the rest of the population when it comes to employment.

During the following panels, accessibility experts addressed how technology can improve independent living, the future of mobile accessibility and how common standards make it possible to cross borders and access technology in the same way at the same time.

The closing panel of the day discussed how smart technology is an engine of prosperity for all society. The key take-away message was that inclusion does not only benefit persons with disabilities, but also represents a chance for the whole society.

Digital accessibilty should play a key role in tech innovation. The issues discussed at the M-Enabling Forum Europe were both important and impactful. We saw a very successful launch with the first edition. The overwhelming positive feedback from our participants is encouraging us for the 2019 edition“ stated Kara Krause, Vice President, Marketing & Communications of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.

Positive energy and passion encompassed the room. It was great to hear about the significant advances of the European Accessibility Act and the many opportunities it will create for persons with disabilities and accessibility professionals.  A perfect timing for this first M-Enabling Forum Europe. It was clear from the reaction of all participants that they were happy to know we will be back in 2019“, added Axel Leblois, President of G3ict.

The first M-Enabling Forum Europe ran parallel to REHACARE. REHACARE, organized by Messe Düsseldorf, is the largest trade show for innovations focusing on rehabilitation, care and independant living with a visitor record of more than 50.000 this year.

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M-Enabling Forum Europe at REHACARE 2108

M-Enabling Forum Europe takes place at the Congress Center of Messe Düsseldorf on September, 27th 2018. The high-level event is organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. und G3ict. The M(obile)-Enabling Forum is a conference with accompanying showcase and presents participants the latest digital barrier-free products and services as well as assistive solutions for seniors and people with disabilities.

Inmaculada Placencia Porrero from the EU commission will speak on the opening session of the conference. The senior expert for disability and inclusion from DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion will inform the participants about the actual status of the new European Accessibility Act (EAA).

During the single panel discussions the professionals will talk about the opportunities how accessible digital services and technologies enable an independent living for all. Topics like education, work place, public administration, social life, health care, mobile care services are included.

At the M-Enabling Forum Europe 2018 speakers from technology enterprises like Apple, Microsoft or Orange will encounter representatives from organizations as the European Disability Forum, die Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs or the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People. The full agenda and the present exhibitors are available on the official website.

REHACARE visitors gain free entry to the showcase. Attendance at the conference is subject to a fee, online registration is possible via website.

 

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M-Enabling Forum at REHACARE 2018 in Düsseldorf

The first M-Enabling Forum will take place September 27, 2018, parallel to REHACARE in Düsseldorf. E.J.Krause & Associates (EJK) and G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT, established with the support of the United Nations) organize this conference and showcase to promote accessible technologies and environments for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

M-Enabling Forum includes panel discussions about rules and standards as well as case studies, showing how mobile technologies and assistive services enable independent living. Each Panel includes Q&A by the audience. Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Senior Expert Disability & Inclusion of the European Commission, will open the international Forum with her keynote.

In the showcase area attendees can expect an overview of the most advanced innovations available today. Companies like Microsoft, Orange, Tech4Freedom, Speechcode, PIKSL Lab and many more already committed their participation.

M-Enabling Forum takes place at the Congress Center of Messe Düsseldorf. Parallel REHACARE is held, organized by Messe Düsseldorf for 30 years, as the leading conference and exhibition for independent living in Europe. Focussing on digital accessibility M-Enabling Forum is an ideal amendment to REHACARE.

The forum will offer simultaneous translation and captioning (English and German).

Early Bird Tickets for the price of 99,- € are still available. Further information, the actual agenda and conference registration please see official website www.m-enabling-europe.com or contact the E.J.Krause Team in Düsseldorf at any time.

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M-Enabling Forum Europe alongside REHACARE 2018

M-Enabling Forum Europe will take place September 27, 2018. E.J.Krause & Associates (EJK) and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT, established with the support of the United Nations) organize this conference and showcase to promote accessible technologies and environments for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

M-Enabling Forum 2018 is held in the Congress Center of Messe Duesseldorf. Parallel REHACARE exhibition will be running on the fairground expecting about 40.000 professional visitors.
M(obile)-Enabling Forum presents panel discussions about policy, regulations and mobile technologies as the center stage for independent living or capacity building. The panelists will talk about visions and challenges for the future and the impact of the European Accessibility Act (EAA). The panel „Smart Accessibility for all Society – a Key to turn it into a Global Trend“ will round up the one day program. Active participation of the audience with Q&A are part of each panel. The international forum in English and German is including simultaneous translation and captioning. The agenda is to be published shortly.

Sponsors and exhibitors show their latest solutions and innovations in the foyer. The preliminary list of participants is available on the official event website. REHACARE visitors are invited to attend the showcase of M-Enabling Forum. For participation at the forum online registration is open on www.m-enabling-europe.com. Further information can be found there or via our German office.

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Global Clearance Solutions to support HI with mine clearance, development and social protection of vulnerable populations in Northern Chad

Global  Clearance Solutions (GCS) is a leading company in the security industry and a provider of safe, reliable and cost-efficient solutions for the effective clearance/disposal of explosive remnants of war (ERW), including landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and cluster munition. Additionally, the company offers a wide range of services and training in the field of EOD and IEDD*.

For the implementation of the humanitarian program "Support to mine clearance, development and social protection of vulnerable populations" in northern Chad, financed by the European Union (Emergency Trust Fund for Africa), HI (Humanity & Inclusion), formerly known as Handicap International, was looking for a mechanical demining solution. The requirement was for a versatile remote-operated system that can use several types of tool attachments and be easily implemented in the harsh environment of the deployment ground.

After a comprehensive public tender procedure, GCS was selected as the best solution provider for the delivery of the hardware package consisting of the GCS-200. This product is an unmanned multi-purpose EOD platform designed for heavy-duty clearance tasks with maximum survivability in high-threat environments. The configuration for Chad includes tiller and sifter bucket attachments. GCS also provides transport and support equipment such as an 8×8 truck and an off-road trailer, a field workshop and a transport container complete with a set of spare parts, consumables, oils and lubricants.

Additionally, GCS will provide a four-week training course for the operators, a two-week training course for the maintainers and service support in northern Chad. GCS’s competent field technicians will accompany HI’s operators and mechanics during their daily operational activities which will enable operators and mechanics to gain more confidence and proficiency in using and maintaining the equipment. This approach will enable maximum output of the equipment in Chad’s challenging environment.

* expolsive ordnance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive devices disposal (IEDD)

About Humanity & Inclusion (formely Handicap International)

HI is an independent international association that has been working for 35 years in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people, HI acts and speaks out to meet their basic needs and improve their living conditions. HI is committed to promoting respect for dignity and fundamental rights. Since its inception in 1982, HI has implemented development programs in more than 60 countries and is involved in many emergency situations. The network of 8 national associations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) is constantly working to mobilize resources, co-manage projects and promote the principles and actions of the organization. HI is one of the six founding associations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize and winner of the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Award.

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M-ENABLING Summit at REHACARE 2018 in Düsseldorf

The first M-Enabling Summit in Germany will take place at REHACARE in Düsseldorf on September, 27th 2018. The high-level conference with its accompanying tabletop presentation is organized by the international exhibition and conference management company E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies). G3ict was established by the United Nations to implement the equal, barrier free participation and the unrestricted access to information and communication technology for everyone worldwide.

The United Nations passed a convention, which is already ratified by 170 states and obliges the signatories to enable all people an universal access to voice and text communications, web contents and services and IoT (Internet of Things). M-Enabling was launched by E.J.Krause & Assoc., Inc. and G3ict in 2011 in Washington to support the spread of free accessible and assistive technology for seniors and people with all kinds of disabilities and to bring together professionals, corporations, service organizations and government authorities as well as producer of mobile devices, software enterprises, network provider and technology associations. Just a few years later mobile technology is an indispensable part of independent living and M-Enabling Summit is celebrating its 7th edition in Washington, took successfully place in San Francisco, Moscow, Barcelona and is now coming to Düsseldorf in Germany.

REHACARE, organized by Messe Düsseldorf for 30 years, is the leading conference and exhibition for Independent Living in Europe. The big topics are rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion, care and mobility products and equipment for persons with physical disabilities. M-Enabling Summit alongside REHACARE 2018 offers digital solutions usable for all people with disabilities and expands the scope by addressing persons with various types of sensorial or cognitive impairments as well by offering a platform with experts and professionals.

M-Enabling Summit 2018 in Düsseldorf is dedicated to promote digital accessibility and assistive technologies and provides participants a forum with renowned speakers, senior representatives from the ICT technology industry and stakeholder groups. The high-level conference includes panel discussions of policies and programs as well as successful business models to leverage mobile technology for independent living and care services. Bringing together professionals, corporations, service and governmental organizations and key thought leaders, M-Enabling Summit is an all-inclusive conference and offers the companies the optimum way to establish new contacts, find potential solutions and to present themselves to the audience onsite.

For more information please contact our European office or website www.ejkgermany.de.

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