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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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 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:

 Preliminary Agenda


8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

8:45 a.m. Welcome:  BART Director Rebecca Saltzman and BART General Manager Grace Crunican

9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker

9:30 a.m. 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.

BREAK 10:30 – 10:50 a.m.

11:00 a.m. 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.

LUNCH (Noon – 1 p.m.)


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

Session One: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

BREAK 2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Session Two: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout #1: BART Experience

Collaborate on ways to incorporate design and technology to improve the accessibility of BART.

Breakout #2: BART Connection/Connected

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.

Breakou t#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.

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

3:45 p.m. Networking