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SXSW 2020

Inclusive Design for Smart(er) Cities for All

It is estimated that by 2050 nearly 1 billion urban dwellers will be persons with disabilities. A vast majority of today’s elderly and persons with disabilities face dramatic challenges to participate in their communities due to widespread lack of accessibility. Smart city technologies have the power to improve the lives of all citizens. Inclusive design principles and best practices should sit at the core of urban innovation ecosystems and the development of technology and smart solutions. For cities to be both smart and inclusive, city planning and development initiatives should invest in and deploy accessible and inclusive technologies. This session will draw upon expertise of our panelists from the public, private and non-profit sectors to provide guidance and practical examples.

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  1. Expand your knowledge about the principles of accessibility and inclusive design for technologies and urban environments
  2. Understand how you can integrate inclusive design into your implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Learn about specific, practical applications and actions undertaken as well as critical success factors



Laurie Henneborn, Managing Director, Accenture

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Politics
  • Level: Intermediate
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