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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

February 2020 | Issue 2
G3ict and its global initiative, Smart Cities for All, continue 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

G3ict Partners with India’s National Institute for Urban Affairs to Promote More Inclusive Cities

G3ict has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), an apex think tank for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India (GoI). The two organizations will collaborate to advance the deployment of mainstream and emerging technologies and the use of data in support of more inclusive urban environments across the country. The agreement was signed at the 10th session of the United Nations World Urban Forum, held recently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Read the complete press release for more details.

Side Event with World Blind Union at the 10th World Urban Forum

World Blind Union, GAP-PCGs Persons with Disabilities, Older Persons, and Business and Industry, the DIAUD network, CBM and OHANA Indonesia and G3ict came together to organize a side event on Inclusive and Accessible Cities for All to deliberate how can well-planned public spaces and smart city technologies bridge the inclusion gap for persons with disabilities and older persons. The speaker panel included Martine Abel-Wiliamson (World Blind Union), Ricardo Wagner (Accessibility Lead Canada, Microsoft), Danielle Grossenbacher (FIABCI and co-chair GAP Business & Industry PCG), Katherine Kline, Older Persons PCG and Risnawati Utami (OHANA Indonesia / UN-CRPD Committee). A number of best practices and learnings on participatory planning of accessible public spaces and innovative tools to benchmark and guide cities on digital accessibility were presented. A summary report that captures the discussion and realization levels of objectives, will be released later.  

SC4A in the News

Presents the latest where our work has been recognized and published
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Better Data Paves the Way for Accessibility
G3ict's global initiative Smart Cities for All's partnered with AT&T and cities to create the Inclusive Innovation Playbook in 2019. The latest article about that collaboration in the Financial Times highlights how we are helping Disabilities Commissioners worldwide to make their cities more inclusive and accessible.

SC4A Digital Inclusion Video Series

Watch our series on Defining and Measuring Inclusive Smart Cities
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Measuring Inclusion in Cities: Roadmaps & Investment
Listen to Commissioner Karen Tamley of Chicago speak about how the Maturity Model assessment tool leads to progress. 
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Measuring Inclusion in Cities: Innovation
Listen to Megan Lawrence of Microsoft speak about how data and technology can help cities address longstanding urban accessibility challenges.
Watch the complete interview with Megan Lawrence, Karen Tamley and James Thurston at the M-Enabling Summit 2019.

G3ict-SC4A Country Representatives Update

The latest from from our global network of country representatives

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

Regina Cohen, Brazil
A Brazilian architect, Regina Cohen has represented SC4A in the Smart City Expo Curitiba in Mexico in March 2019 and also participated in the Smart Cities and Disability Conference (SUDI) 2019. In 2020, Regina will be at the 27th World Congress of Architects UIA 2020 and she will also present the Keynote at SUDI 2020. As an expert in accessibility in the built environment, she has contributed to the Virtual Accessibility Guide App in Rio de Janeiro. As the Coordinator of the Accessibility Commission of the Architects Council, Regina continues to play a key role in promoting accessibility planning in homes.

Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Bangladesh
An accessibility expert, Vashkar Bhattacharjee is the National Consultant for Accessibility in the
Access to Information (a2i) Program by the Government of Bangladesh. In January this year, Vashkar Bhattacharjee worked with Mayors and Councillors to focus on building an inclusive and accessible smart city for all during the Dhaka City Corporation Election. He has also supported a platform, 'Disability Insider', to help make it accessible for all. Vashkar is one of the 23 changemakers to be awarded the Acumen Fellowship for 2020.

Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events 
Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 on Digital Accessibility

Inclusive Africa Conference 2020
March 29-31 | Nairobi, Kenya

G3ict and Smart Cities for All are playing a key role at the inaugural Inclusive Africa Conference in Nairobi on March 30-31. This unique conference will provide a dynamic new forum in Africa to explore global best practices that improve accessibility and inclusion for all people, particularly persons with disabilities and older persons. Learn more about the Inclusive Africa Conference.
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Business for Smart Cities Expo Congress
April 22-24 | Kiev, Ukraine

James Thurston, G3ict Vice President and Managing Director of G3ict’s Smart Cities for All global initiative will be speaking at the second Business for Smart Cities Expo and Congress. This gathering is a unique platform for decision makers of global companies and city leaders to find partners and solutions to their challenges by application of the Smart Cities concept. The conference will take place in Kiev on April 22‑24. Learn more about the Expo Congress in Kiev.

Universal Design Conference
May 12-13 | Melbourne, Australia

James Thurston will be presenting the keynote on the 'Five Pillars of Inclusive Smart Cities' at the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference. The conference aims to broaden delegates’ thinking about the many ways universal design can be utilized and applied. Learn more about the Universal Design Conference.

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities on our website
Visit the G3ict Resource Center
Download the Smart Cities for All Inclusive Innovation Playbook
Learn More About The Digital Inclusion Maturity Model
Download the Smart Cities for All Toolkit - Available in 10 Languages!
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