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Nairobi– To take digital accessibility and assistive technology in Africa to the next level, inABLE is planning the upcoming 4th Annual Inclusive Africa Conference— happening at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on May 29- 31. The agenda discussions will focus on promoting the advancement of digital accessibility and assistive technology for persons with disabilities in Africa, and the implementation of the KS2952: ICT Accessibility Standards for Products and Services that was launched in the last year’s conference, across different sectors such as employment, education, finance etc.
The 2023 Speaker Faculty has attracted leading global and regional tech, innovations, policy, employment, education, disability, and accessibility champions. The keynote and speaker faculty include Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, Prime Cabinet Secretary, The Republic of Kenya, Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, Bernard Chiira, Director, Innovate Now- Global Disability Innovation Hub, and Sunday Parker, Access Technology Program Manager at Microsoft, Mastercard Foundation and more. The 2023 sponsors include The Mastercard Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Uber, The World Bank, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
“Since the first Inclusive Africa Conference in 2020, the purpose of this annual event is to promote the advancement of digital accessibility and assistive technology for persons with disabilities in Africa.”, explains inABLE Executive Director Irene Mbari-Kirika. “To elevate the significance of innovations that improve the lives of everyone —especially PWDs in Africa, inABLE will be hosting 30 inclusive innovation and assistive technology start-up groups to the Assistive Technology Innovations Village at the in-person event to showcase their innovations.”
Over 350 in-person delegates from across the globe are anticipated in Nairobi, and approximately 2,500 virtual attendees expected to join through a live-streamed event. About 1,000 in-person attendees from across Africa expected to attend via live watch parties in 20 African countries including but not limited to Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Cameroon, Togo, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Somali, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa.
To elevate the significance of innovations that improve the lives of everyone —especially PWDs in Africa, inABLE will be hosting 30 inclusive innovation and assistive technology start-up groups to the Assistive Technology Innovations Village at the in-person event to showcase their innovations. The most inclusive innovation will win a $10,000 prize fund during the Assistive Technology Innovations Award Gala Dinner on May 31st 2023 to help scale their innovation to the next level.
To attend this conference whether in-person or virtually, registration is required. This conference will be made accessible through live captions, sign language and translation in English and French, and other assistive accommodations.
We envision a world where every individual has all-inclusive access to the same educational, technological, and employment opportunities.
inABLE.org is a nonprofit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya and Washington, DC with a mission to empower the blind and visually impaired through computer assistive technology.
About the Annual Inclusive Africa Conference
Accessibility is at the heart of what we do! inABLE envisions a world where every individual has all- inclusive access to the same educational, technological, and employment opportunities. Our mission is to empower the blind and visually impaired students in Africa through computer assistive technology.
The Inclusive Africa Conference is part of the organization’s mission to scale the advancement of digital accessibility and computer assistive technology in Africa.
Esther Njeri Mwangi
Public Relations Officer