The need for accessible technology to ensure people of all abilities have access to a digital life is paramount. The possibilities of innovative inclusive technologies, above all, are socially important. This was the key theme of the first annual M-Enabling Forum Europe, held in September 2018 in the congress centre of Messe Düsseldorf.

More than 150 conference guests and over 20 sponsors and exhibitors from 14 countries participated in the M-Enabling Forum, organized by E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies.)

Representatives from organisations involved in disability, technology companies, regulatory bodies and institutions gathered for a day of thought-provoking panel discussions, innovative exhibition displays and some intensive networking.


Keynote speaker, Ms Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, from the European Commission, pointed out that there is progress in the converging European ecosystem, before highlighting how accessibility needs to become mainstream and a major goal in closing the gap between disabled people and the rest of the population when it comes to employment.

During the following panels, accessibility experts addressed how technology can improve independent living, the future of mobile accessibility and how common standards make it possible to cross borders and access technology in the same way at the same time.

The closing panel of the day discussed how smart technology is an engine for prosperity with the key take-away message being that inclusion does not only benefit disabled people, but everyone across the whole of society.

M-Enabling Forum Europe 2019 will take place on September 19th – alongside Rehacare Düsseldorf again.

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