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District of Columbia Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to Speak at Fall 2012 Community Broadband Summit

Friday, November 2, 2012

District of Columbia Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to Speak at Fall 2012 Community Broadband Summit

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) announced today the Fall 2012 Community Broadband Summit, to be held at the Goethe-Institut (812 7th Street, NW) on Monday, Nov. 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Summit is free and open to the public, and will provide information on a variety of topics surrounding broadband technology and digital inclusion.

Victor L. Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, will present a keynote address entitled “The State of Techonomic Development in the District of Columbia,” highlighting the ways in which investments in technology are driving small business growth and economic development in the city. 

“As the central technology agency of the District government, OCTO has a mission to address broadband adoption across the city,” said Rob Mancini, Chief Technology Officer. “This Summit is a tremendous opportunity to work together towards innovative solutions to broadband-related obstacles and challenges in our local communities. We look forward to collaborating on this topic next week.”

Hosted by the Digital Inclusion Initiative at OCTO, the Summit will take place during Digital Capital Week Festival 2012. Professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors will join together to explore the overlapping needs of residents and the technology start-up community with regard to broadband and other information technologies. The Summit’s theme is Connecting Communities through Broadband Technology.

“The economic and social benefits of widespread broadband adoption are many—from better employment and education opportunities to business and workforce development to broader civic participation,” said Alex Chi, Director, Digital Inclusion Initiative. “This year, we have joined forces with DCWeek 2012, which attracts more than 10,000 startups, technologists, developers, designers and social innovators, to leverage a critical audience in our pursuit of universal participation in technology for District residents, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.”

Speakers and topics for the Summit include:

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Leslie Aun, Vice President of Communications, Venture Philanthropy Partners, moderator
Zvi Band, Co-Founder, ProudlyMadeInDC
Raymond Bell, Founder, H.O.P.E. Project
Daniel Doll, President and COO, SoapBox Soaps

Keynote: The State of Techonomic Development in the District
Victor L. Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

What’s in IT for Me?
Donna Harris, Managing Director of Startup Regions, Startup America Partnership, moderator
Julie Silard Kantor, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Barrel of Jobs
Aaron Saunders, CEO and Founder, ClearlyInnovative
David Zipper, Director of Business Development and Strategy, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Untapped: The Role of Inclusion in the Future of Technology & Your Organization
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, President and CEO, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, moderator
Joseph Corbett, COO, iStrategyLabs
Christine Celise Johnson, Founder, DiversiTech
Liz Steininger, Founder, Rails Girls DC

Registration for the Summit is now closed. Limited media passes are available through Jill Melnicki. Visit our Eventbrite page  for more information.