M-Enabling Australasia 2013

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Day 1, Wednesday 14th August 2013


Opening Session

Johanna Plante, Chairperson, ACCAN

Welcome to Country:

Cultural Representative,
Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council


Jill Riseley, General Manager for Digital Inclusion, Telstra

Teresa Corbin, Chief Executive Officer, ACCAN


The view from Canberra

Senator the Hon Kate Lundy,
Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy


M-Enabling: The international perspective

Keynote address:
Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ICT

Dr Scott Hollier,
Project Manager and Western Australia Manager,
Media Access Australia

Axel Leblois will provide an international overview of the rapidly evolving possibilities of mobile technology in providing greater access and inclusion for people with disability and older people.

Mr Leblois will highlight the success of M-Enabling initiatives around the world and outline how G3ICT promotes accessibility to information and communications for people with disability.

This opening session will include a moderated Q and A, setting the scene for two days of collaboration, discussion and exploration of the opportunities and challenges in the rapidly developing mobile environment.

Why M-Enabling matters to Australia

Speaker: Prof. Graeme Hugo, University of Adelaide

The session will examine the Australian context by highlighting current population figures of older Australians and people with disability, and identifying future demographic trends. From this solid evidence base, we can draw conclusions about current and future market demand for accessible mobile technology to meet the needs of an older population and those with disability.

Morning break – M-Enabling Showcase opens
11.15am-12:30pm Mobile technology: The great enabler

Prof. Gerard Goggin, Chair,
Department of Media and Communications,
University of Sydney

Panellists: Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ICT

Claire Tellefson, Digital Literacy Co-ordinator,
Able Australia

Greg Alchin, Technology Expert

Jeremy Way, General Manager, Jeenee Mobile

Mobile technology is a potential game-changer in improving economic, workplace, educational, political and social participation for people with disability and older people. This session will provide a deeper look into some of the issues raised in the opening presentations (on the international and Australian M-Enabling environments) including, for example, key areas of focus for M-Enabling, key barriers for the use of M-Enabling, and examples of successful M-Enabling programs.

1:30-3:00pm New service models using mobile devices

Moderator: Emma Dawson, Executive Director,
Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society

Panellists: Sandy Gilliland, Chief Executive Officer,
Australian Communications Exchange

Harriet Korner, Client Services Manager,
Independent Living Centres NSW

Prof. Frank Vetere,
Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society

Assoc. Prof. Denise Wood, University of South Australia

Mathew Peterson, Owner, Shiny Things Software

This session will highlight and explore how mobile technologies are being used as innovative and effective models for everyday service delivery, with a range of apps and technology that engage with people with disability and older people being showcased.  There will also be a wide breadth of delivery services presented which will open the discussion to foster new ideas and ways of harnessing mobile technologies.

Afternoon break
3:30-5:00pm Shaping future market opportunities

Kursten Leins,
General Manager of Strategy and Government,
Ericsson Australia

Panellists: David Powell,
General Manager of Device Experience, Aps & OS,

Chris Althaus, Chief Executive Officer,
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association

Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor, ACCAN

Nan Bosler, President,
Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association

Peter Rossi, Chief Technology Officer, Huawei

This session brings together peak organisations (industry, manufacturers, end-users) to discuss opportunities benefiting all stakeholders in the mobile eco-system.  It will assist attendees and panel members in developing a constructive framework for future opportunities in mobile products and services.

Day 2, Thursday 15th August 2013

21st Century communications and video accessibility
Keynote speaker:

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief,
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau,
US Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Ms Peltz Strauss will discuss the adoption and implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act signed into law by President Obama in 2010, how the FCC and G3ICT partnership is promoting the enabling benefits of mobile technology internationally and how Australia can contribute to and benefit from this international initiative.


The role of public policy in M-Enabling and inclusion

Moderator: Asher Moses, Media and Communications Manager, ACCAN

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief,
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau,
US Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner,
Australian Human Rights Commission

Paul Buckrell, Relay Contracts Administrator,
NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Dougie Herd, Dept. of Families, Housing,
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The advent of smartphones and tablets has opened up a world of opportunity for people with a range of abilities. Apps can, for example, allow people with vision impairments to navigate independently, or allow older people to stay in their homes longer. What is the role for government and public policy in growing this mobile market?


Morning break


The view from Canberra – Opposition perspective
  Senator Scott Ludlam, Communications spokesperson,
Australian Greens
(via teleconference)

11.30-12.45pm  Mobile accessibility: The manufacturers’ perspective

Facilitator: Michael Milligan, Secretary General,
Mobile Manufacturers Forum
Megan Bootsma, Account Manager,
ZTE Australia

David Woodbridge,
Senior Adaptive Technology Consultant,
Vision Australia

Ken Joyner, Executive Technical Advisor, Samsung

Based on the premise that sooner or later everyone will develop at least some limitations in vision, hearing, dexterity and learning capabilities, this session will explore accessible products in the marketplace. With an initial focus on the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI), the session will look at the ways in which mobile manufacturers are making their products accessible to people with disability and older people.

Lunch – M-Enabling Showcase closes 1.45pm

Developing for all: Accessible websites and accessible apps

Moderator: Dr Scott Hollier,
Project Manager and Western Australia Manager,
Media Access Australia

Euan Ramsey-Stewart, Research Partner, UNSW/SIMO
(with Megan Taylor,
Accessibility Coordinator and Strategist),

Brendan Fitzgerald, Digital Inclusion Manager, Infoxchange

Dr Andrew Arch, Assistant Director,
Web Advice and Policy – Accessibility,
Australian Government Information Management Office

Tony Bennetts, Chief Information Officer,
Australian Communication Exchange

Phil Offer, Vice President,
Mobility and Convergence, Optus Business

Well-designed websites and mobile apps can be made accessible to all, if developers are provided with the information necessary to build usable and accessible systems. This session will discuss the accessibility needs of users, the methods developers can use to test and market their work, and the opportunities for developers in building accessible websites and apps.

 Afternoon break


Lost in (cyber) space:
How do we connect people with M-Enabling services

Moderator: Peter Blasina, Telstra Technology Ambassador

Speakers: Bert Ciavarra, Manager Disability Programs, Telstra

Jemma Toohey, Manager,
Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau

Gunela Astbrink, Principal, GSA InfoComm

Phia Damsma, Director, Sonokids Australia

Brad Kitschke, Public Policy Manager,
Vodafone Hutchison Australia

You have a revolutionary new service but how do you make sure people know about it? This session will explore how to connect consumers to the services they need. Panellists will discuss new and innovative models for joining-up mobile products and services with end-users. They will also discuss the importance of training and digital literacy initiatives to help consumers navigate the online world.

4.45-5.00pm Wrap-up and next steps

Teresa Corbin, Chief Eexecutive Officer, ACCAN

Download: M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Program [Pdf 1.2MB]

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