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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

September 2020 | Issue 9
G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs 
and its global initiative, Smart Cities for All (SC4A) continue to be active with cities and partners around the world. Explore our monthly 'Smart Cities for All at a Glance' newsletter and visit our website for more information. 

Project Update

Strategies, tools and partnerships for more inclusive cities worldwide.

G3ict Co-hosts Side Event at U20 Mayors’ Summit
The U20 Mayors' Summit Side Event 5 was co-hosted by the World Economic Forum, G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, World Enabled and G3ict. Participants learnt about the policies and measures that cities are taking to embed inclusivity into their Smart City programs and ultimately their city services. James Thurston (VP, G3ict) moderated a panel discussion with leaders from governments, corporations and civil organizations, including Erol Özgüner (Chief Information Officer, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality), Frances McAndrew (Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Transport for London), Hannes Lagrelius (Program Officer, World Blind Union),
Laura Ruby (Director, Accessibility Policy & Standards, Microsoft), Victor Calise (Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, New York City).

M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing
Held on September 15, with over 1,200 registrants from 57 countries, the
M-Enabling Leadership Briefing 2020, a program of the M-Enabling Summit,
virtually convened 
15 speakers among leading innovators and advocates for a
2-hour conversation addressing how COVID-19 pandemic challenges trigger new trends that anyone involved in digital accessibility needs to know. The 
fast-paced program featured dynamic interviews with thought leaders, engaging discussions,
a live poll and moderated questions from the audience. Watch the 
captioned video recordings. For updates on the M-Enabling Summit 2021, please visit the conference website.

IAAP and Smart Cities 

Explore the latest by IAAP to help professionals around the world build inclusive smart cities.

IAAP Call for Pilot Participants for Built Environment Certification 
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)- a division of G3ict, is hosting pilots of upcoming exams for Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Level 1 or Level 2.
CPABE Pilot Overview
CPABE Pilot Registration Form
Pilot exams will be hosted through private, online proctoring beginning September 30, 2020 through to October 30, 2020. The links listed provide additional details or to register your place in the pilot.  Successful exam participants will earn certification at 50% of the list price or, if needed, retake the exam within one year at no additional cost. Limited Space; Register today!

IAAP Accessible Built Environment Community of Practice
IAAP has announced a new stream of resources for its members focused on Universal Design in the built environment. This includes a dedicated Community of Practice on its
Connections platform, allowing IAAP members to share experiences, ask questions, and participate in building a members' resource library. Log into your IAAP account today, introduce yourself, and take part in the discussions.

G3ict-SC4A Country Representatives Update

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representatives.

Nada Alksebati, Syria
Nada has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture from the Central Scientific Research and Designing Institute of the Model and Experimental Design of Dwelling, Moscow, USSR and has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Damascus University, Syria. She is an author of a book titled: “Design Spaces for the Disabled” published by Damascus University and is a Professor in the University of Damascus, Faculty of Architectural Engineering. She is also a CPABE - Level II Advanced Certificant.

Colette Fransolet, South Africa
Colette works as a Universal Access Consultant, mainly to local government and large corporations. Her areas of proficiency include Public Transport, Built Environments and Policy. She strives to be the driving force for universal design to maintain the importance of social integration and diversity of people in South Africa, which has a unique context with an embedded history of segregation. She is passionate about research and training and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town. Colette is also a CPABE - Level III Expert Certificant.

Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.
Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) 2020
October 6-7, 2020
At the 2020 Interagency Accessibility Forum on October 6, Samantha Evans (IAAP) will chair a session on 'Developing Accessibility Talent - A Snapshot of Accessibility Education in the United States'. On October 7, Axel Leblois (President and Executive Director, G3ict) will chair a panel discussion on 'Accessibility on an International Scale', that includes panelists Shannon Archibald (Shared Service Canada), Susanna Laurin (Global Leadership Council, IAAP) and James Thurston.
Learn more about IAAF 2020.
Inclusive Africa Virtual Conference 
October 8-9, 2020
The first-ever virtual Inclusive Africa Conference will explore global best practices that improve digital accessibility and inclusion for all. Join James Thurston at the conference as he shares the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact.
Learn more about the Inclusive Africa Virtual Conference.
Webinar Series | IAAP 2020-2021 Organizational Professional Development Webinar Series (Accessible Built Environments)
October 15, 2020
Join the upcoming webinar by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) on 'Campus Accessibility from the Perspective of an Employee with a Disability' to explore universal design best practices and accessibility issues on university campuses. 
Learn more about the upcoming webinar by IAAP.

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities.
Access Information and Resources for Disability Inclusive Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit for Measuring Inclusion in Your City
About Smart Cities for All: G3ict and the Smart Cities for All initiative work to define the state of ICT accessibility in Smart Cities worldwide. All content within this newsletter is the property of G3ict and Smart Cities for All, unless otherwise stated. No part of this newsletter may be reproduced, transmitted or copied in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of G3ict and Smart Cities for All. © 2020 Smart Cities for All. All Rights Reserved. Read Privacy Policy.

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