Accessible Tech

AccessTech: The BART Developer Summit

A Forum on Accessibility and Technology

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Access Tech BART developer conference

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View the program with speaker informationPROGRAM

The event is June 8 at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, one half block west of the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

AccessTech, hosted by BART, is a one-day summit where transit and technology will come together with the goal of improving the accessibility of the BART system for those with mobility and sensory impairments.

At this interactive learning event, BART, its riders, disability advocates, and technology developers will take a deep dive into BART’s latest accessibility efforts. Participants will explore ways to improve the transit ridership experience for passengers with sensory and mobility challenges through cutting-edge technologies.

AccessTech’s panel of industry experts will share innovations in tech for accessibility from around the world. Curated breakout sessions will provide an interactive forum to discuss mapping the latest in mobile, wearable, and beacon development to improvements in the door-to-door Bay Area transit experience.

Join BART and a coalition of leading Bay Area agencies, companies, advocates, and developers on this pressing challenge in civic innovation.

The event will take place at Berkeley City College, a half a block west of the Downtown Berkeley BART station on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

For additional information, please contact Bob Franklin.  Phone:  510-464-6133.  Email:


8:00am Registration Opens

 8:45am Welcome:  Rebecca Saltzman, BART Director; Grace Crunican, BART General Manager

9:00am Keynote Speaker, Erin Lauridsen, Assistive Technology Educator – Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco

 9:30am – 10:30am: Plenary 1: Tech for Accessibility: Tools of the Trade
Get up to speed on the latest technologies and examples of recent projects that strive to raise the bar on incorporating accessibility from the ground up, including a discussion of the many ways technology and thoughtful design can improve transit accessibility.

 Plenary 1 Panelists

Chris Downey, AIA, Architect – Architecture for the Blind;  Scott Jenson, Product Strategy, Chrome Team – Google;  Rainer Wolfsberger, CEO –;  Mike May, President and CEO – Sendero Group

 10:30am – 10:50am Break

 11:00am – Noon: Plenary 2: Accessibility and BART: Now and into the Future
Learn about what BART has done so far and the 10-year plan to go further.  Conference participants will hear perspectives from BART and ADA experts on the challenges and technological opportunities currently emerging.

 Plenary 2 Panelists

Laura Timothy, Customer Access and Accessibility BART; Tian Feng, District Architect BART; Tim Moore, IT BART; Carl Orman, Principal Civil Engineer BART

12:00 – 1:00pm       LUNCH

 The Afternoon Program:  Two 1-hour sessions where each of the breakout discussions will be repeated so participants can attend two of the three.

 1:00pm – 2:00pm   Session One

2:00pm – 2:15pm   Break

2:15pm – 3:15pm   Session Two

3:15pm – 3:30pm    Break

3:30pm – 3:45pm   Closing Remarks

3:45pm – 4:00pm    Networking

 The 3 breakout options (choose 2 of 3)

1. The BART Experience:  Collaborate on ways to incorporate design and technology to improve the accessibility of BART.

Frank Welte or BJ Epstein, Lighthouse for the Blind;  Tian Feng, BART District Architect;  Josh Miele, Smith Kettlewell;  Sally Swanson, Sally Swanson Architects

 2. The BART Connection:  Examine ways to ensure equal access to BART information.  Learn about BART initiatives and resources, with an emphasis on leveraging smartphones, apps and new accessories.

Drew Dara-Abrams, Transitland;  David Klein, Moovit;  Tim Moore, BART

3. Beyond the Smartphone:  Explore how to improve how people with disabilities experience public transit in general, and more specifically BART, by taking advantage of cutting-edge technology.

Alex Gibson, TransLoc;  Scott Jenson, Google;  Rainer Wolfsberger,