The Zero Project Conference 2023

#ZeroCon23: February 22-24, 2023

The Zero Project Conference – an annual disability inclusion gathering at the United Nations Office at Vienna – brings together innovators and key decision makers from all sectors to foster partnerships, share new proven solutions, and support the international scaling of these solutions, all towards the mission for a world with zero barriers.

Independent Living & Political Participation, and ICT

The Zero Project Conference 2023 will highlight new and innovative solutions from around the world centered around the theme of: Independent Living & Political Participation, and ICT. 

These solutions will be presented in the form of the Zero Project Awardees 2023.

71 Awardees from 42 countries will be featured in various formats throughout #ZeroCon23.

Accessibility at #ZeroCon23

The accessibility of the Zero Project Conference has been a key focus of the Zero Project since it's inception. The Zero Project Conference strives continually to be an example of good practices in terms of conference accessibility.  Every year, the Zero Project Team works to improve the features and measures that support the participation of everyone who wishes to attend.

Click here to review the accessiblity measures currently in place for #ZeroCon23:


Broadcast live for the world

Livestreamed for free, #ZeroCon23 features a wide spectrum of formats, from parallel sessions to workshops, keynote presentations, and engaging forum discussions.

This live content will be broadcast in an accessible fashion via:

Zero Project YouTube Channel

    Highlights: 3 days, 70+ Awardees, 40+ Countries, 150+ Events

    Impact, Innovation, Scalability; the Zero Project Awardees 2023 have it all.

    With Zero Project Awardees from 42 countries, #ZeroCon23 will deliver global roundtables that touch upon:

    • Innovations in mental health
    • Projects that provide solutions for persons with psychosocial disabilities
    • International standards that are enabling accessible telehealth for all
    • The interdisciplinary connections between cybersecurity and persons with disabilities
    • Inclusive workshop formats that address the needs of persons with disabilities who have experienced sexual trauma
    • And many more contemporary and prescient disability inclusion challenges along with the solutions that address them.

    Some of the key topics covered at #ZeroCon23 will include:

    • Voter & Civic Education
    • Assistive Technology
    • Deinstitutionalization
    • Early Childhood Intervention
    • Self-employment & Micro Finance
    • Self-representation
    • Participation in Public Life
    • From Guardianship to Supported Decision Making
    • Voting Policies & Procedure


    For the first time ever, the Zero Project will introduce two new Conference formats:

    1. The Zero Project India Forum, which will foster closer partnerships with India, and welcome a large multi-sectoral delegation from India that will underline the disability inclusion ecosystem underway in India.
    2. The Zero Project Policymaker Forum, which will bring together high-level policy makers to not only present outstanding public policies, but to also engage in conversation with each other to learn and cultivate greater policy innovations.


    We are honored to welcome an array of speakers including:

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      Chairman, Board of Trustees, Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies

      Luis Gallegos

    • A woman with blond hair, a black button down shirt, and jeans, sitting legs crossed in a chair and smiling.

      Founder, The Valuable 500

      Caroline Casey

    • A Caucasian woman with dark hair is pictured smiling wearing a black blazer and white blouse.

      The first deaf member of the Israeli Knesset

      Shirly Pinto

    • A Caucasian woman with purple/silver hair is pictured smiling while wearing a sleeveless blouse with baby blue and white distorted polka dots.

      CEO and Founder of Ruh Global Impact

      Debra Ruh

    Check back regularly for more updates