Smart Cities for All launches project to define more inclusive approach to innovation for smarter cities

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G3ict and World Enabled collaborate with AT&T and the cities of Chicago and New York to create tools for more inclusive smart city products and solutions

Washington, DC – September 19, 2018 – The Smart Cities for All global initiative, a collaboration of G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, to launch a new project, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities.

The project is convening leaders from government, industry, and disability organizations to generate new knowledge and tools that define how urban innovation ecosystems, including entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and accelerators, can create more inclusive apps and technology solutions that impact the lives of all people in cities, including persons with disabilities and older persons.

“Smart cities must also be inclusive cities,” said Mike Zeto, Vice President and General Manager of Smart Cities, AT&T. “We’re working with Smart Cities for All to help ensure that as more and more cities implement smart city strategies, they can do so with inclusion in mind from the very start. This project builds upon our collaboration with G3ict and our commitment to accessibility and creating inclusive experiences for everyone.”

As part of the new project, Smart Cities for All will lead roundtable discussions in both New York and Chicago and engage entrepreneurs and innovation experts across the United States and worldwide. The new Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities project will draw on the experience and insights of leading accessibility, innovation, and disability professionals to create resources for cities around the world. The collaboration will produce a clear understanding of how urban innovation ecosystems focus on inclusion today and a set of principles and a roadmap for how cities can support greater inclusion in the innovation process.

“Chicago will become a leading US city working with experts and innovators to ensure our smart city initiatives are accessible, equitable and inclusive and improve the lives of people with disabilities,” said Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, of the project launch.

“The barriers that people with disabilities face are not a result of their disability, but rather with the inaccessibility of their environment,” said Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. “As a wheelchair user, if I have access to a ramp or elevator, I can function independently as a person with a disability. A truly smart city is an accessible city that enables all of its citizens to live happy, healthy and productive lives. We are looking forward to bringing together experts to share their knowledge of creating accessible infrastructures. The result will be a toolkit that lays the groundwork for future smart cities around the world.”

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