Connect.DC - Digital Inclusion Initiative

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Who We Are

Technology has changed the way we communicate, work, learn, and get our news and information. With access to technology people can apply for jobs, take an online class, or connect with family and friends. Unfortunately, one in four District households does not have broadband service. We know that people who don’t have access to the Internet, can’t afford it, don't know how to use it, or don’t see why it’s important, are at a great disadvantage in an increasingly digital age. 

Created by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Connect.DC works to bridge this digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents. Together with our partners, we are working to ensure District residents can take full advantage of everything technology has to offer.

Our Model

We take our role as “connectors” very seriously and work closely with stakeholders to build a more informed, empowered, and inclusive technology community. At Connect.DC, we

  • Partner with local nonprofits to provide free computer training for District residents;
  • Provide locations for public computer access and provide free computer on the Mobile Tech Lab;
  • Promote affordable home internet and computer offers to low-income District residents;
  • Build relationships with District government agencies and local nonprofits to create tech-based programs; and  
  • Utilize door-to-door outreach, public awareness campaigns, social media, and mobile updates to inform stakeholders about our services.