Invite & Call for Submissions | Accessible Europe Forum & Competition
Americas, Events, ICT, News, November 27 2018
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: The ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 14 December 2018.
As an integral part of this Forum a Regional Competition on Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe is being organized. This regional event for Europe is being jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and hosted by United Nations Vienna.
Accessible Europe is held within the framework of the implementation of the Regional Initiative for Europe on ‘Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion and sustainable development’ adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 and aiming at bridging the digital divide and equip all groups of society, including persons with disabilities and specific needs, to take advantage of ICT, by enabling capacity building in digital skills.
ITU–EC Accessible Europe Forum:
This regional event for Europe is jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and will highlight the relevance of joining efforts to remove barriers and enable human development and social inclusion of persons with disabilities and special needs and other groups of people with specific needs, either through cooperation, programs and projects development, training, and innovative digital accessibility solutions. As an integral part of this forum, a Solutions Exhibit as well as a Regional Competition for Innovative Digital Solutions are organized.
What is the competition about:
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have a vital role for ALL people’s empowerment and represent an enabler for inclusion in the society. For persons with disabilities (PwD) ICTs can remove barriers and help them to have an independent life, enjoy education, get a job or participate in cultural event or political processes. Therefore, it is crucial to join efforts at an institutional and international level to identify and remove accessibility barriers to enable human development and social inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) – and promote innovative solutions that leverage the opportunities of ICT to foster equal inclusion of all and reduce the digital divide, particularly for Persons with Disabilities, enabling them to participate in and benefit from the Information and Knowledge Society.
Regional Competition: Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe – Submission Deadline Closing on 29 November 2018.
To find out more about the competition, to submit your solutions and to attend the forum, please visit the event website at www.itu.int/go/AccessibleEurope2018, where all relevant information about Accessible Europe, including forum agenda, competition, exhibition, registration, and other useful links are available and constantly updated.
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