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2014 Digital Inclusion Forum

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1150 15th Street, NW

The Road Forward // Bridging the Digital Divide in the Nation's Capital

Access to the Internet has changed the way we communicate, work, learn, access essential services, and get our news and information. Yet, approximately 150,000 District households are not connected to broadband Internet. Those who don’t have access to the Internet, 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. Fortunately, we’re witnessing the growing movement of changemakers who are working collaboratively across public, private and nonprofit sectors to solve this local challenge. How can we close the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in the District of Columbia? This forum brought together the people and organizations at the center of this work, to share where we’ve been and where we’re headed and host a dynamic discussion about what works.

Approximately 120 policymakers, practitioners, educators, researchers, residents, business and community leaders and other stakeholders in the DC area discussed best practices and offered engaging insight into our future city. In an informal, intimate setting, we talked about

  • Models for community value: How to foster community growth and economic development through digital inclusion, social innovation and partnerships
  • Making technology accessible and understandable: What real-world strategies are working for innovators on the front lines in companies, District government agencies, community-based organizations, social enterprises, academia and foundations
  • Accelerating digital inclusion ecosystems: How to engage and mobilize citizens toward digital adoption and organizations toward digital inclusion

Read the conversation @connectdotdc #roadforwardDC 


8:30 am

Registration & Networking

9:00 am

Delano Squires
Director, Connect.DC

9:05 am

Special Remarks
Obinna Ukwuani
Founder and CEO, Exposure Robotics Academy

9:15 am

A Conversation with the CTO 
Rob Mancini
CTO, DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)

Nancy Scola
The Washington Post

9:45 am

Panel: The State of the Digital Divide in DC
Marla Bilonick
Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)

Kelley Ellsworth
Executive Director, Byte Back

Lee Rainie
Director, Pew Reserach Center Internet Project

Delano Squires
Director, Connect.DC

Nancy Scola (moderator)
The Washington Post

10:45 am

Break for Table Discussions

11:00 am

Keynote Remarks
Mignon Clyburn 
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

11:15 am


Interactive Session: The Road to Digital Inclusion
Michelle Fox 
Managing Director, Code for Progress

Patrick Gusman
Cofounder, Startup Middle School Program

Richard Reyes-Gavilan
Executive Director, DC Public Library

Harry Wingo
President and CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Ph.D. (moderator) 
Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse 

12:30 pm

Forum closes

Special thanks to our promotional partners

National Institute for Civil Discourse
Jill Melnicki
(202) 442-3201