Smart Cities for All at a Glance

April 26, 2019 | Issue 3
The Smart Cities for All global initiative continues to be active with partners around the world! Explore our monthly 'Smart Cities for All at a Glance' newsletter and visit our website for more information.

Project Update

Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities

Smart Cities for All is implementing Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities project with the support and strategic partnership of AT&T. The goal of the Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities project is to infuse urban innovation ecosystems with a greater understanding of inclusion, accessibility, and disability. We are glad to announce that on May 6, AT&T and G3ict are launching the brand new Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities tool elaborated on the basis of the results of the startups survey, outcomes of two roundtables held in Chicago and New York in Fall 2018, and interviews with experts in innovation, inclusion, disability, smart city programs, and universal design. The tool will help to both foster entrepreneurship and ensure that new smart city solutions and technologies are usable by all citizens. Check out our website after the launch date to access the tool!

First Annual Smart Cities for All Forum at the M-Enabling Summit

The Smart Cities for All (SC4A) global initiative is launching its first annual Forum at the M-Enabling Summit on June 17-19, 2019 in Washington, DC.  The SC4A Forum will take place on June 18 and 19. The Smart Cities for All Forum at M-Enabling will gather for the first-time decision-makers and stakeholders focused on technologies and solutions that make cities both smarter and more inclusive for persons with disabilities and age-related disabilities. The M-Enabling Summit is the premier Global Conference and Showcase for empowering accessible technologies for seniors and persons with disabilities. It is known for featuring high-level speakers and panelists, and includes influencers from industry, government, civil society, and higher education. Participants and speakers at the SC4A Forum will include Smart City and local government CIOs, disability commissioners and ADA coordinators, industry involved in providing technology systems, developers of applications and services for cities, academia leading research and analysis on Smart Cities, and other. The Smart Cities for All Forum at M-Enabling is part of the overall M-Enabling Summit. Registering for the Summit allows you to access all the Smart City sessions of the Forum, as well as all the other technology, inclusion, and accessibility sessions of the Summit. Register here.

The Smart City Digital Inclusion Maturity Model 

On April 23-24, Smart Cities for All expert team visited the second pilot city of the project - Raleigh, North Carolina - to assess its digital inclusion maturity using the Smart Cities for All Digital Inclusion Maturity Model. This tool is created to help cities evaluate the current state of ICT accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities in city digital and smart services. Focused on a broad range of functions important to all cities, such as communications, procurement, training, and technology standards, it defines key performance indicators and metrics to support advancing accessibility and digital inclusion in a smart city context. The tool’s five levels of maturity for digital inclusion guide cities in assessing and tracking their progress across multiple smart city dimensions, e.g. vision, culture, process, technology, and data. 

SC4A in the News

Presenting the latest articles where our work has been recognized and published.
Person on a wheelchair by the sidewalk

As More Cities Implement Smart Technology, Experts Call for Inclusivity  

[ARTICLE] Creating more inclusive and accessible cities was the focus for one panel of experts during a morning panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019 in Austin last month. Leading experts including Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Megan Lawrence, Microsoft and Enrique de la Madrid, Tecnológico de Monterrey along with James Thurston, G3ict Vice President and SC4A Managing Director were part of the panel. 
Cities Coalition for Digital Rights

Digital Rights Coalition Targets 100 Cities in 100 Days

[PRESS RELEASE] The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights in partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Office, United Nations Habitat, EUROCITIES, and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) formally launched a campaign to rally 100 cities to join the coalition and create policies, tools and resources to promote and protect resident and visitor rights online. Smart Cities for All Initiative is proud to be a part of this coalition.

Save the Date

The 7th Access Israel Annual Conference on “The Future of Accessibility”
May  23-27, Tel Aviv, Israel

Access Israel is the leading non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with all kinds of disabilities and the elderlies to improve their lives in all spheres of life. The 7th international conference will take place on May 26, 2019 and will focus on “The Future of Accessibility”. G3ict is an event partner and team members will be attending the conference. 

M-Enabling Summit 2019  
June 17-19, Washington, D.C.

The 8th M-Enabling Summit Global Conference and Showcase will be held June 17-19 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, Washington, D.C.. The Summit will have sessions focused on Smart Cities, including on  Accessible Indoor Navigation, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities, Next-Generation Solutions and Self-Driving and Autonomous Mobility.

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