Die Veranstaltungssprache ist Englisch, alle Inhalte werden während der Veranstaltung jedoch von Englisch auf Deutsch simultan gedolmetscht, sowie in Österreichischer Gebärdensprache.
On 16 November, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Österreichischer Behindertenrat will host and event on “Using Artificial Intelligence to enhance accessibility – Opportunities and risks of emerging technologies for persons with disabilities”.
JUFA Hotel Wien, Mautner Markhof-Gasse 50, 1110, Vienna, Austria
Please register online: Registration
The event will fully explore the potential of emerging technologies and will focus on technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and aims to debate and promote a universal design approach in their development, supporting enhanced accessibility for persons with disabilities. The event will be sponsored by Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon, My Handicap and Essl Foundation. It will be a unique opportunity for delegates and experts of the European disability movement to exchange their views with major technological companies, get to know their AI-based solutions and brainstorm together about the future of accessibility.
The event is divided in three panels. The first one will focus on Artificial Intelligence and leading technology companies will have the opportunity to explain their position and initiatives on this topic. The second panel will focus on showcasing solutions and best practices in accessibility for people with disabilities. Finally, the third panel will open up the discussion among all the participants: persons with disabilities, ICT experts and companies’ representatives will brainstorm together about the future of accessibility.
Goals of the event
- Collect input towards a new report on emerging technologies describing the opportunities, challenges and risks that these new technologies may entail for persons with disabilities, in which several ICT players have contributed with interviews.
- Supporting organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in being aware of the main technology trends and how these can affect the lives of persons with disabilities.
- Develop understanding of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, etc. and how these emerging technologies can be made accessible and enhance accessibility for persons with disabilities.
- To showcase worth-knowing solutions and practices that could be picked up by OPDs and persons with disabilities, and ICT companies and organisations to receive feedback from persons with disabilities on those solutions and practices.
- To facilitate networking between OPDs and ICT companies and organisations.
14:30 – 14:45 Welcome remarks
- Yannis VARDAKASTANIS, EDF President
- Gabriele SPRENGSEIS, Chief Executive of the Austrian Disability Council
- 14:45 – 15:30 Setting the scene – Moderator: Michael FEMBEK, Essl Foundation
- Adina BRAHA-HONCIUC (Ellis), Government Affairs Manager – Accessibility, Sustainability and Online safety, EU – Microsoft
- Anna-Verena NAETHER, Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Analyst – Google
- Monica DESAI, Public Policy Director, Facebook
15:30 – 16:15 Showcasing solutions – Moderator: Kamil GOUNGOR, chair of the EDF Youth Committee
- Hector MINTO, Technology Evangelist, Accessibility, Microsoft
- Constantin GISSLER, EU Policy Manager for devices – Amazon
- Wilfried KAINZ, Essl Foundation
- Pilar ORERO, UAB & Marcel BOBELDIJK – EFHOH – EU projects on media accessibility
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 – 17:45 Opening of the discussion – Moderator: Alejandro MOLEDO, EDF Policy Coordinator
- Klaus HOCKNER – member of the Commission High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence
- Katherine PERRY – EDF-Google 2018 fellowship programme
- Carine MARZIN – Accessibility Expert presenting the EDF report on Emerging Technologies
- Roundtable discussions in groups
17:45 – 18:00 Conclusions and closing remarks
- Reporting back from roundtable discussions – Humberto INSOLERA, EDF Executive Committee member
18.30 – 20.00 Buffet dinner
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