The fourth Zero Project Conference was a big success!
With 500 participants from almost 70 countries from Armenia to Zimbabwe, with more than 35 events, workshops and panels, with more than 150 speakers and chairs, the fourth Zero Project Conference 2015 on Independent Living and Political Participation, held from 25 till 27 February 2015 at the United Nations Office in Vienna, was truly a big success!
We celebrated 50 innovations from around the world…
On Wednesday evening we kicked off our conference with celebrating our 50 Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies with the first Zero Project Award Ceremony held at UNOV! Pictures from the ceremony, and the conference in general, can be found in our website’s Downloads section.
…and showcased all solutions in a video:
We produced especially for the occasion of the first Zero Project Award Ceremony a video clip highlighting all 50 innovations featured in the Zero Project Report 2015 on Independent Living and Political Participation. It is available at our YouTube channel, or you can click on this link!
Everyone can participate: Web stream, accessibility…
Around the world, people could follow the sessions of the conference held in the Plenary Hall M01 via our captioned Live-Web-Stream, provided by Verbavoice (Zero Project Innovative Practice 2014). International and German Sign Language, Captioning in English and German, Simultaneous translation English, German and Russian – to name a few of the excellent access features of this year’s conference!
Even J.K. Rowling took the time to tweet about the #ZeroCon15, congratulating Georgette MULHEIR and the Lumos Foundation, on their Zero Project Award through Twitter:
“So proud of Lumos and Georgette Mulheir tonight! #ZeroCon15 Read why I founded @lumos on wearelumos.org“
More than 35 events, workshops and panels …
The numerous conference sessions covered a broad range of topics concerning independent living and political participation, from supported decision-making; to community living; innovative assistive devices; the right to vote for everyone; the accessibility of voting and electoral processes; and self-empowerment, amongst others, ensuring that each participant could gain insights and satisfy his or her interests in the best possible way. All presentations of these sessions can be found in our website’s Downloads section or follow this direct link.
“Alles Walzer” – It’s Waltz season in Vienna!!
On Thursday night there was a Special Evening Event in cooperation with UniCredit Center Am Kaiserwasser and Light for the World: “Alles Walzer” – Waltz for All. The highlights of this evening were the different performances, like the high-level-class wheelchair dance couple Brigitte Kröll and Werner Kaiser as well as the inclusive dance company “Ich bin O.K.”. Furthermore, MoZuluArt and AMBASSADE String Quartet provided a wonderful entertainment in form of live music, an ultimate combination of classical with African music. An interview was conducted with Johanna MANG from Light for the World and Michael FEMBEK of the Essl Foundation. On top of this, welcome words have been expressed by Martin BACHL from UniCredit Bank Austria, H.E. Peter LAUNSKY-TIEFFENTHAL from the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, and Franz-Joseph HUAINIGG, Member of the Austrian Parliament.
And the Award goes to…the Zero Project!
And yes, we too received our first public recognition! The whole Zero Porject Team was nicely surprised when on Thursday morning Mukthar AL-SHIBANI, President, and Betty DION, Founder and past President, of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) honoured us with its GAATES Award of Recognition, which recognizes the project’s leadership in providing the platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices, and for facilitating the on-going global implementation of the UN CRPD. Thanks to GAATES, we will certainly do our best to keep up the good work!!
The updating of the Zero Project Website is a work in progress. In the next couple of days, the Zero Project Team will continue to upload relevant documentation and pictures. Be sure to check on a regular base for any updates, also on our conference page.