Smart Cities for All at a Glance

October 2019 | Issue 9
The Smart Cities for All global initiative continues to be active with cities and partners around the world! Explore our monthly 'Smart Cities for All at a Glance' newsletter and
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Project Update

Strategies, tools and partnerships for more inclusive cities worldwide

Smart Universities for All

Smart Cities for All, in collaboration with G3ict’s International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) division, has begun exploring how universities can be more inclusive as they are deploying technology and using data. Increasingly, higher education institutions are undergoing a digital transformation similar to Smart Cities, i.e. they are using data and technology to support their broad range of services from instruction to transportation to public safety to healthcare. Over the past several weeks and with support of the Microsoft corporation, G3ict and its SC4A and IAAP divisions have been engaging higher education institutions and experts to better understand how they think about accessibility and inclusion as they deploy technology and use data.  Between June and August, SC4A and IAAP conducted three focus groups that included ten (10) higher education institutions, including Georgia Tech and the University of Illinois. Leveraging insights, feedback, and direction from all these experts, G3ict and IAAP has begun to evaluate and adapt the SC4A Digital Inclusion Maturity Model (MaMo) for assessing how higher education institutions are deploying technology and the impact on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. If you would like more information on this project please contact us.

Assessing Smart Cities in Mexico

G3ict, Smart Cities for All, and partners continue to bring the Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool to cities worldwide. In recent weeks, G3ict convened expert teams to work with city government leaders in Mexico’s two largest cities, Mexico City and Guadalajara, to assess how each is ensuring ICT accessibility and digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons when deploying technology and implementing Smart City programs. G3ict led the assessment teams, which included experts from civil society (HearColors, Illumina) and industry (Microsoft, Moovit, IBM). The Smart Cities for All country representative for Mexico, Andres Balacazar represented The National Human Rights Commission. The expert teams used the Smart Cities for All Digital Inclusion Maturity Model tool to engage city leaders in a discussion around 30 variables that define inclusion and accessibility in smart cities. The output of these assessments is a set of scores and a roadmap for improvement across important variables related to the city’s culture, strategy, processes, and use of technology and data.

Moving forward, G3ict and Smart Cities for All are working on a new round of assessments of cities in November. In addition, G3ict, Smart Cities for All, and its partners are creating an online version of the assessment tool. Having a digital version of the tool will support scaling the deployment of the tool to more cities around the world and more opportunities for partnering in support of digital inclusion of persons with disabilities in cities worldwide. For more information,
 contact us.

Smart City Expo Atlanta

On September 13, Smart Cities for All took part in the first annual Smart City Expo in Atlanta. James Thurston, G3ict Vice President, moderated a panel discussion on Redefining Inclusion with Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Chicago Mayor’s Office on People with Disabilities; Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and Stephen Simon, Executive Director, Los Angeles Department of Disability.

SC4A in the News

Presents the latest where our work has been recognized and published
James Thurston discusses digital transformation of cities with Karen Tamley, (Commissioner, Chicago Mayor’s Office on People with Disabilities) and Megan Lawrence (Accessibility Evangelist, Microsoft)

Defining and Measuring Inclusive Smart Cities

[VIDEO] Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Chicago Mayor’s Office on People with Disabilities and Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Evangelist, Microsoft discuss with James Thurston of G3ict and SC4A the digital transformation of cities. The three define key metrics for more inclusive smart cities and share good practices from cities, companies, and civil society. Watch the video discussion on the sidelines of the M-Enabling Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C..
James Thurston, Vice President, G3ict speaking over video

Digital inclusion in Guadalajara

[VIDEO in Spanish with English subtitles] Guadalajara is partnering with Smart Cities for All (SC4A) to measure their progress on being both a smart and inclusive city. Recently, a Smart Cities for All team of technology and inclusion experts visited Guadalajara to engage city leaders and understand their approach to ICT accessibility and digital inclusion. Watch James Thurston speak on the Digital Inclusion Maturity Model.
Woman on a train station. City:One blog image

Together, We Can Create a Future Where Mobility is Inclusive

[ARTICLE] Roman Smith, AT&T Director - Social Innovation/Community Investment, focuses on the role of diversity in the innovation ecosystem and highlights  the role of the Smart Cities for All Inclusive Innovation Playbook. That tool lays out the steps that cities, their developers, and innovators can take to help ensure urban innovation prioritizes a commitment to people with disabilities, accessibility and inclusion. Read the complete City:One blog by Roman Smith.
Read More News and Views on the Smart Cities for All Website

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events 
Logo Third International Congress Technology and Tourism for Diversity October 23-25, Malaga, Spain

Third International Congress Technology and Tourism for Diversity
October 23-25, Malaga, Spain

James Thurston will be part of a panel discussion on inclusive Smart Cities and Smart Cities for All country representatives Parul Sharma (India) and Andres Balcazar (Mexico) will speak about inclusive emergency preparedness and response. Learn more about G3ict's participation in the International Congress of Technology and Tourism for Diversity.
Accessibility Camp Logo

A11y Camp
November 12-15, Sydney, Australia

A11y Camp is an annual digital accessibility (a11y = accessibility) and inclusion conference. James Thurston will be presenting the Keynote at the A11y Camp and also conduct a workshop - 'How Inclusive is Your Smart City' on November 12. Learn more about G3ict at A11y Camp.

Text save the date, 291-21 Nov 2019 for Smart City Expo Barcelona

Smart City Expo World Congress 2019
November 19-21, Barcelona, Spain

James Thurston will be the thematic program chair for the program on "Bridging the gap: Ensuring Digital, Social and Gender Inclusion." Smart Cities for All will also be a part of the Microsoft booth to share with cities the Smart Cities for All Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool. Learn more about Smart City Expo in Barcelona.

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities on our website
Smart Cities for All Inclusive Innovation Playbook
The Digital Inclusion Maturity Model
Smart Cities for All Toolkit - Available in 10 Languages!
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