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Smart Cities Summit

January 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

The National Federation of the Blind Smart Cities Summit is a one-day online event. The goal is to bring policymakers and technology developers together to collaborate and create accessible infrastructure for smart cities.

Developing smart cities that allow everyone to live, work, and play in their communities.

Dates and Location

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Noon to 8:00 p.m. ET
Online using the Zoom platform

Who Should Attend

This event is designed for city planners, public service officials, technology developers, and interested citizens working to implement technologies and strategies to develop more accessible cities.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

  • 12:00 PM—Welcome and Opening Remarks *Hosted on the Policy Track
  • 12:15 PM—Keynote: State of Access to Smart Cities *Hosted on the Policy Track
  • 1:00 PM—Policy Track: Ensuring Access Through Technology Procurement
  • 1:00 PM—Technology Track: Improving Public Transit Through Collaboration—The MDTA Access Grant
  • 2:00 PM—Policy Track: Nonvisual Access to Shared Streets and Other Modern Spaces
  • 2:00 PM—Technology Track: Accessible Traffic Signals, Technology, and Philosophy
  • 3:00 PM—Networking Break *Hosted on the Policy Track
  • 4:00 PM—Technology Track: Current and Future Solutions for Indoor Navigation
  • 4:00 PM—Policy Track: Ensuring Accessible Public Information Through Training and Policy
  • 5:00 PM—Technology Track: Nonvisual Access to Digital Public Services
  • 5:00 PM—Policy Track: Accessible Elections, Lessons Learned for Successful Execution
  • 6:00 PM—Break
  • 6:30 PM—Panel: Accessible Technology Vendors Discuss Bringing Technology and Policy Together for a Successful, Accessible Deployment
  • 7:30 PM—Next Steps, Other Business, and Closing Remarks
  • 8:00 PM—Adjourn

Zoom information for the policy and technology tracks will be provided to registered participants.


Please register for this event using our online registration form.

More Information

Karl Belanger
Access Technology Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
410-659-9314, extension 2234