OPEN Forum: Technology for Access

The 1st OPEN Forum, which will be held in Antwerp on 8th February 2019, will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the field of media and cultural accessibility to exchange knowledge and learn about the latest technologies and IT solutions to enhance accessibility to both recorded media and live cultural events.

Some of the innovative developments for accessibility services available today include speech-to-text and velotype solutions for live subtitles, software for creating integrated titles, advanced display solutions such as smart glasses for integrated titles for theatrical productions, mobile apps for the wireless distribution of live audio description as well as audio guides, sign language interpreting and 360° audio description editors.

Partly thanks to these innovative technological solutions, social participation through accessible media and culture is no longer merely an aspirational idea, but is increasingly becoming a reality in many countries across Europe. Nevertheless, a crucial challenge still lies in bridging the gap between the development of technological solutions and acquainting providers of access services and their users with what is now available.

The 1st OPEN Forum will provide developers with a platform to present their tools and technologies for recorded and live media and cultural access services and it will offer providers and users - including user organizations, cultural venues, theatres, event and festival organizers, government agencies, research institutions, language service providers, translators and post-editors and all  other stakeholders in the field - with an opportunity to discover new solutions and interact with developers to discuss the possibilities and complexities of implementation.

Preliminary programme

This one-day event will open with an introduction presenting the exhibitors, followed by a keynote by Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp) on the present and future of language technologies.

Following this, developers will have the opportunity to present their innovations at individual stands in the exhibition space while a number of exhibitors will highlight their developments throughout the day in 20-minute presentations or demonstrations in the main conference hall. 


The OPEN forum welcomes Gold and Silver sponsors. For details, please contact us at

Fees & registration

Stand + 2 participants € 280
Stand + 2 participants + 20-min. presentation € 380


Regular fee  € 50
Student/Concession holder                € 30
Support person  € 0


Friday February 8th, 2019 from 9am to 6pm.


University of Antwerp - City Campus 

Grauwzusters Cloister

Lange Sint-Annastraat 7,

2000 Antwerpen

Companies interested in signing up for the exhibition or who are interested in receiving more information are invited to contact the OPEN team at Participants have to register online via this website.