Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition 2019 organized under the theme of ‘safe smart cities’

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The Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (QITCOM) took place from 29 October to 1 November 2019 under the theme “Safe Smart Cities”. One of the topics highlighted by this year’s event was the importance of digital inclusion in the cities of the future.

The Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada), QITCOM’s official Digital Accessibility Partner, managed an interactive pavilion to showcase best practices in digital access and assistive technology across the six key building blocks it considers to be essential for an inclusive digital ecosystem: access to ICT and information, transportation, inclusive digital education, culture, leisure and sports, customer service and retail, and innovation.

Mada also announced two strategic partnerships to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons in Qatar: an agreement was signed with Ooredoo – one of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies, headquartered in Qatar – to expand its products and services portfolio for persons with disabilities, and with Qatar Rail, to enhance the travel experience of commuters with disabilities and older persons on the Doha Metro through improved digital access to information enabling them to travel more independently.

A team of digital accessibility experts from Mada worked with the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Qatar, which organized the event, to ensure that it was fully accessible to persons with disabilities and older persons, and that e-accessibility standards were implemented across all digital platforms. QITCOM 2019 featured over 90 speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups and 300 innovators and entrepreneurs.

Sources: QITCOM, The Gulf Times, The Peninsula