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OPEN Forum: Technology for Access

The 1st OPEN Forum was held in Antwerp on February 8, 2019.

Over 90 participants from 6 countries joined us during the first edition of this one-day event, which brought together a range of stakeholders in the field of media and cultural accessibility - researchers, trainers, translators, tech companies, media companies, cultural venues, service providers, broadcasters, users, user organisations, policy makers, NGO’s, etc.

The opportunities and challenges of technological innovation for accessibility services in the media and cultural sectors were discussed during three keynote speeches, 6 stands in the exhibition space and 5 presentations. 

Prof. Walter Daelemans of the CLiPS research group of the University of Antwerp discussed new developments and challenges in artifical intellegice, Ms. Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Senior Expert in Disability and Inclusion at the Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission, discussed the new Accessibility Act and Ms. Julie Lenoir, European Affairs Assistant at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), presented the EBU’s research and actions regarding media accessibility. 

After this opening session, participants visisted our standholders in the exhibition space and some of our exhibitors presented their services and products during 20-minute presentations, inlcuding our sponsor Earcatch.

Logo's of the OPEN Forum exhibitors

The OPEN team wants to thank everyone who has contributed to making the first OPEN Forum a success: our partners Regina Bijl (Hoorcoach), MediaNet Vlaanderen, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp and the Department of Translators and Interpreters and the Department of University and Community and our access providers (Sign Language Interpreters and live-subtitlers).

Logo university of antwerp


Want to know more?

The conference programme, pictures and some of the presentations are available here.

Stay tuned for upcoming OPEN events via our website, our social media page or sign-up for our mailing list by contacting open@uantwerpen.be