SightCity: a beacon of inclusion and innovation

SightCity in Frankfurt is much more than a trade fair – it is a center of innovation and a meeting place for people from all over the world who deal with aids and services for the blind and visually impaired. Since its first exhibition in 2003, SightCity has steadily developed into one of the most important events in this specialized field, bringing together experts, manufacturers and the target group itself to promote dialogue, knowledge exchange and knowledge gain. Originally created in response to the inadequate presentation of visual aids and technological innovations in this sector, the fair has evolved into a showcase for cutting-edge technology and social responsibility, providing an unparalleled platform for all those who are professionally or privately committed to improving the quality of life of visually impaired and blind people.

History and development

The history of SightCity is a chronicle of progress and dedication in the service of visual inclusion. The first SightCity took place in Frankfurt in 2003, at a time when the specific needs of people with visual impairments received little attention at general trade fairs. With an ambitious 36 exhibitors, a special focus was placed on innovative solutions and improved living standards for the target group. Over the following two decades, the trade fair grew continuously and established itself as the world’s largest event of its kind with more than 100 exhibitors from over 20 countries.

SightCity also survived the challenges of a global pandemic by adapting quickly and using digital trade fair formats. This demonstrated the resilience and commitment of the organizers, who kept the community connected and sharing information even in these difficult times. The history of SightCity is also one of continuous improvement and adaptation to ensure that the fair remains not only a place of presentation, but also of interaction, education and empowerment.

Outstanding innovations and offers

The heart of SightCity is undoubtedly the innovative products and services that are presented there. From advanced electronic visual aids and Braille printers to the latest developments in the field of digital assistance systems – SightCity serves as a showcase of possibilities. Groundbreaking solutions are regularly presented here that have the potential to make everyday life significantly easier for people with visual impairments and promote their independence.

In addition, the SightCity Forum offers a recognized symposium where scientists, physicians and experts can exchange ideas and share the latest findings. This valuable dialog promotes professional and social participation and thus also influences political decision-makers and legal frameworks with regard to the inclusion and support of people with visual impairments.

The SightCity Forum Advisory Board’s interdisciplinary specialist congress with ophthalmologist training will provide information on existing ophthalmological rehabilitation services, bring together the stakeholders involved and discuss new ways of implementing participation.

The 21st SightCity in 2024

SightCity 2024 embodies the commitment to accessibility and progress. This hybrid event, which will be accessible both on site in Frankfurt and digitally, will enable unprecedented interaction and accessibility. In addition to the physical trade fair experience, which promotes personal encounters and direct exchange, the digital dimension enables worldwide access to presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. This makes the 21st SightCity more than just a single event; it is a long-term platform for innovation from which people with visual impairments can benefit worldwide. With a special focus on accessibility and an offering that ranges from technological achievements to personal services, SightCity continues its journey as a pioneering event for visual inclusion.

Contact us

If you require any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or e-mail.

You can reach us at the following times:

Monday to Thursday
08:30 - 16:30
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Foto Dagmar Krutzki

Dagmar Krutzki

Managing Director SightCity