Discussion highlights
  • User-centered product design and development
  • Universal design and accessibility
  • Identifying the challenges of the user groups
  • Connecting the different stakeholders in the AT value chain
Who should attend?
  • End-users(Persons with Disability, Disabled People's Organizations, rehabilitation professionals etc) of AT
  • Researchers, Entrepreneurs and AT professionals to showcase their user-friendly AT solutions
  • Emerging entrepreneurs in AT
  • Technology enthusiasts and students


Dr Therese Willkomm

Director, Statewide AT program, New Hampshire, USA

Dr Sudha Kaul

Padma Shri recipient, Founder, IICP-Kolkata

Prof M Balakrishnan

Assistech, IIT-Delhi

Prof Anupam Basu

Director, NIT - Durgapur

Mr Pradip Sinha

Chairperson, SEDB, Bangalore

MR Dipendra Manocha

Developing countries coordinator, Daisy Consortium, New Delhi

Dr Namita Jacob

Director, Chetana Trust, Chennai

Ms Swati Chakraborty

Joint Secretary, ISAAC India Chapter; IICP-Kolkata

Mr Nekram Upadhyay

Head, Department of AT, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), Delhi

Mr Rajiv Rajan

Executive Director, Ektha, Chennai

MS Shanti Raghavan

Ashoka Fellow | Founder, Managing Trustee, EnAble India, Bangalore

Mr Shankar Subbiah

AT and Accessibility Consultant, Agate Infotek, Chennai

Mr Vivek Sarda


Mr Narayanan R

Product manager, Avaz inc/Invention labs

MS Akila Vaidyanathan

Director, The Amaze Charitable Trust, Coimbatore

Dr Mohan Rajagopal

Country Head (India), Wearable Technologies

Mr Dipak Ghosh

AAC trainer, IICP-Kolkata

Suggested places for stay near the venue : Hotel Ginger, Hotel Platinum inn, Hotel Al Saj, Flamingo inn

Programme overview

The sessions have been broadly categorized under the following topics.

  • AT co-creation
  • Successful AT solutions can only result from the 'participatory design' approach, where all the stakeholders are actively involved in the design process to make sure that the results can meet the needs and is usable. We present examples where technology developers 'co-create' AT solutions with the end users from Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs).

  • AT training and implementation
  • Abandonment of AT devices is a serious problem, which can be addressed by an effective service delivery model and measuring the outcomes. Assessment, matching the right device with user, providing trial options, device customization, training and follow-up are critical to ensure that the last mile implementation difficulties are reduced. We have a plethora of speakers, with immense experience in working hand-in-hand with the end users to implement AT.