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Friday, October 20


Digital Inclusivity and Urban Resilience in the Global South
How can 21st century cities be more accessible and inclusive? Full access for persons with disabilities and older persons should matter to all of us, since as we age we will all have some experience with disability. The “Global South” (where 80% of people with disabilities live) has become the frontline of innovation in urban accessibility. Visionary local leaders are developing cutting-edge tools based on mobile devices and cloud computing to shape radically inclusive cities. With: James Thurston of G3ICT, a global disability advocacy non-profit; Victor Pineda, Ph.D., of World Enabled; Alex Ghenis, Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability; Anirudh Koul, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft AI and Research; Jake Johnson, manager of the Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) Applications and Web Development Section.

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Victor Pineda

World Enabled
Victor Pineda, Ph.D., is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, speaker, and globally recognized disability rights advocate. He is the President of World Enabled and of The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Alex Ghenis

Alex Ghenis is a Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in Berkeley, CA, where he works on projects including financial empowerment, employment initiatives, education on disability inclusion, and disaster preparedness. In 2014, Alex founded WID's... Read More →
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Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, former President of the Association of California State Employees with Disabilities, manages the Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) Applications and Web Development Section. He previously led a team of... Read More →
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Anirudh Koul

Anirudh Koul is a Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft AI and Research. Anirudh brings over a decade of production-oriented Applied Research/Data Science experience on Peta Byte scale datasets, with features shipped to about a billion people. An entrepreneur at heart, he has been... Read More →
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James Thurston

James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development at G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies), a UN-affiliated advocacy organization working to guarantee accessibility to information communication and assistive technologies... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room
Saturday, October 21


This annual competition was founded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and the Biomimicry Institute to stimulate biomimetic solutions to humanity's greatest challenges. The winner of the prize, focused again this year on solutions for global food systems, will be announced and awarded on Bioneers' main stage.

Saturday October 21, 2017 10:27am - 10:47am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)