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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

November 2021 | Issue 11
G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs and its 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, World Economic Forum, and Microsoft Launch New Inclusive Cities Project
The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, and the World Economic Forum, Secretariat for the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, have joined forces to launch a project to help cities worldwide adopt technology procurement policies that support greater inclusion. Under the new Inclusive Procurement Launchpad project, G3ict will partner with an initial cohort of six cities to adopt the Forum’s model policy that uses the procurement process to support more accessible digital city services for all, including persons with disabilities. The first city selected for the project is Los Angeles. If you think your city could be more inclusive by adopting the model policy, join us by completing the survey! 
 
Community of Interest on Inclusive Workplaces
In October, G3ict and Steelcase launched the Blueprint for Inclusive Workplaces of the Future. The Blueprint provides key stakeholders with valuable insights for designing and implementing workplaces that are not only safe and compelling, but also inclusive across different dimensions of diversity with a focus on persons with disabilities.
G3ict and Steelcase are committed to build on this collaborative effort and move forward together with other leaders and organizations that share an interest in increasing inclusion in the workplace. As a next step, Steelcase and G3ict, through both its Global Policy Center and International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), have convened an Inclusive Workplaces Taskforce to explore and define how a global community of committed organizations and individuals might, together, drive greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in places of work around the world. Join the community of interest.

 
AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks
G3ict’s Smart Cities for All global initiative and the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) of the University of Washington are working with the city governments and other community leaders and stakeholders from Los Angeles, Quito, Santiago, São Paulo, and Gran Valparaíso on an innovative project using data, AI, and community to improve mobility. The AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks project is sponsored by Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility Program. For each of the five cities, TCAT has already transformed multiple data sources into usable accessibility information about city sidewalks. Currently, volunteers in each of the five cities are working to validate samples of that data using OpenSidewalks tools. Learn more about the project and its partners in each of the cities.
 
DARE Scholarship Fund Applications are Open. Apply Now!
The DARE Scholarship Fund is dedicated to opening new potentials for persons with disabilities who are interested in and passionate about advocating for digital accessibility and to get certified as professionals in the field. G3ict invites eligible candidates to submit the scholarship application form by November 21, 2021 (11:59 p.m. New York time). Officers, advocates, and volunteers of organizations of Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

IAAP and Smart Cities 

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

The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces 
The Design of Public Spaces online course aims to provide design professionals with the knowledge and understanding they need to effectively apply the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces to their project work. The concepts and technical details of this standard can be applied to public spaces universally. There are no prerequisites to take this course and the course is free for IAAP Members. Learn more and enroll in the Design of Public Spaces Course

IAAP Built Environment Webinar on Inclusive Fire Safety and Evacuation Planning
November 10, 2021
Ensuring emergency alarms and procedures are fully inclusive for people with disabilities is essential. In this session, Jodie Greer (Managing Director, Be #People Smart) will cover personal emergency evacuation plans, including refuge points and alternative alarm solutions. This isn't only about exit from the building, it's also about points and re-entry. Find out more about the webinar and register

G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives Highlights

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our Country Representatives.
Bangladesh: Vashkar Bhattacharjee Highlights Importance of Web Accessibility at National-level Workshop 
Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Program and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information (BASIS) jointly organized a workshop on 'National Web Accessibility' on 26 October 2021. The workshop's main objective was to ensure accessibility to all government websites and e-services, including for persons with disabilities. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, G3ict/SC4A Country Rrepresentative for Bangladesh and UNESCO award-winning disability rights activist and Accessibility Consultant of a2i, shared an informative presentation on Web Accessibility at the workshop highlighting the importance and necessity of web accessibility mentioning different laws and national priorities. Vashkar presented the draft national web accessibility guideline and different barriers of persons with disabilities in accessing websites or e-services and their associated solutions. Read more about the Workshop

Meet Josefina Ocampo, G3ict/Smart Cities for All Country Representative for Argentina
Josefina Ocampo currently works in the Municipality of San Miguel de Tucumán as an Accessibility Expert Architect and teaches at Universidad Nacional de Tucumán and Universidad de San Pablo-T. Josefina is an advisory member on accessibility and issues related to disability at the Professional College of Architects of Tucuman, Fundación Leon, Fundación Lograr. She has awards and recognitions from Design for All Foundation (Barcelona) and IAUD. She has a Master’s degree in Accessibility for Smart Cities.

Meet Stan Leyenhorst, G3ict/Smart Cities for All Country Representative for Canada
Stan Leyenhorst offers an excellent combination of management skills, sales experience and knowledge on accessibility and universal design. The last several years he focused on accessibility in the built environment, performing assessments, preparing and presenting recommendations, educating designers, engineers, and other staff. Stan currently holds a diploma in Universal Design from the IDEA Center at the University of New York in Buffalo, he is also a RHFACTM Professional.
Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.

Smart Cities, Happy Citizens World Summit 2021
November 1-28, Virtual 
Regina Cohen, G3ict/SC4A Country Representative for Brazil will moderate a panel of four architects at the Smart Cities, Happy Citizens World Summit. The session, titled, 'In Addition to Physical Spaces: Emotional Accessibility,' will focus on "Emotional Accessibility", a concept initiated by Regina, together with Cristiane Rose Duarte in the Pro-access group at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Regina’s session is on 25 November, 5:30 pm (EST) / 6:30 pm (Brazil) / 9:30 pm (UTC). Find out more and register.

SCNY Urban Tech Summit (SCNY21)
November 8-10, Virtual
A diverse group of urban tech innovators, thought leaders, and advocates from across the city and around the world will explore how breakthroughs and big ideas in urban tech will shape the recovery from the pandemic and the decade ahead. Register for SCNY21

Access the M-Enabling Summit 2021 Digital Pass - Sign up today! 
Register before November 15
The M-Enabling Digital Pass is a unique extension of the M-Enabling Summit held in-person recently in Washington, DC. For persons who were unable to attend, the Post-Event Digital Pass provides on-demand access to the digital summit proceedings with the 4 keynotes, 10 key sessions, technology, management, legal updates, international policy updates, and an overview M-Enabling Summit event highlight reel, as well as post-event community discussion board providing access to participating speakers and experts. The pass also includes research and survey reports related to the sessions. All information will be available with unlimited access till December 31, 2021. Registration for the Digital Pass is available till November 15, 2021.
Find out more and register

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities.
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit to measure inclusion in your city
Visit G3ict’s Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy
Learn more about the Accessible ICT Public Procurement Policy
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. © 2021 Smart Cities for All. All Rights Reserved. Read Privacy Policy.
 
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