Nordic Conference "Universal Design and New Technology"

20 juni 2017 09:00 - 19:00
Thon Hotel Opera
Dronning Eufemias gate 4, 0191 Oslo

Empowerment - Independence - Participation - Sustainability 

The conference highlights the advantages of universally designed technology, by showing how it can contribute to equality and independence, and increase community participation by individuals. We will highlight the value of universal design as a strategy, and present examples of accessible Nordic technology.

Our purpose is to bring together the market place, administrators, public service providers, researchers, designers, developers, users, and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Universal Design and Information and Communication Technologies.

Register for the conference.  Deadline is June 6th.
Conference entrance is free.

Please read our accessibility statement.

Program outline

MC: Torgeir Waterhouse from IKT Norge

From 12.30 til 15.15 you can choose between attending the main conference «How to Succeed with Universal Design» and the side event «Nordic Toolbox for Welfare Technology» (see sidebar)


09.00 – 11.30 Opening plenary  

Opening comments 

Kai-Morten Terning, Ministry of Children and Equality

WHOs work in assistive technology
Chapal Khasnabis, World Health Organization (WHO)

EUs work on accessibility

Launching a Nordic statement on Universal Design and New Technology
Åse Kari Haugeto, Bufdir

Nordic Welfare Centre as an important piece of Nordic co-operation
Maria Montefusco & Dennis Søndergård, Nordic Welfare Centre (NVC)

What is universally designed technology really about?  
Torgeir Waterhouse, IKT Norge

12.30 – 15.30 How to succeed with universal design

Inclusive design
Stefan Johansson, Peder Johansson, Frida Lundin og Michael Wallon (Begripsam)

AV1  - we bring people together            
Simon Oliver Ommundsen, No Isolation

Aifloo – the world’s first self-learning e-health system
TBA,  Aifloo 

Networking / Meet the experts
Onny Eikhaug, Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA)
Simon Oliver Ommundsen, No Isolation
TBA,  Aifloo 

 15.30 – 17.00 Closing plenary

Ethical and security concerns in welfare technology
Mads Schaarup Andersen, Alexandra instituttet AS

Autism, technology and independent living    
Jamie Knight, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

How to work and think like a designer of tomorrows solutions?
Rama Gheeravo, Helen Hamlin Centre for Design

17.00 – 19.00 Networking reception


This webpage will be continuously updated with information about the conference.

For questions and inquiries, please contact us at

Publisert 02. mai 2017.
Oppdatert 29. mai 2017.