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DC Technology Office Helps Bridge the Digital Divide in the District of Columbia

Monday, May 20, 2013
OCTO Hosts District Residents, Small Businesses, and Nonprofit Organizations at Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit

(Washington, DC) – The D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) held the District’s Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit this past Saturday at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. The Summit featured a video welcome by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, remarks by DC Chief Technology Officer Rob Mancini and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, expert workshops, and a panel discussion. This event—entitled Digital DC – Technology Matters!—is the District’s fifth Community Broadband Summit.

“OCTO is making strides to expand digital inclusion efforts across the District and further support the Gray administration’s goals to improve education, expand access to technology, and get residents back to work” said Mancini. “Our Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit increased the digital knowledge of our residents, nonprofit leaders, and small business owners and better positioned our city to leverage technology for growth.”

Organized by Connect.DC, OCTO’s Digital Inclusion Initiative, the Summit engaged District residents, small businesses, and nonprofits through workshop tracks designed specifically for each audience. Workshop topics included “Get Your Business Online,” “Inclusion for All: Engaging Adaptive Learners,” and “Movin’ on Up: Tech + Work.”

CTO Mancini was joined at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and representatives from Bank on DC, Latino Economic Development Center, Salsa Labs, Connected Living, DiversiTech, Assistive Technology Program for DC, and other entities, as well as more than one hundred registered event participants. The Summit was designed to improve participants’ ability to integrate technology into their everyday lives and organizations, and serve as a platform to connect participants with technology resources and training for months and years to come.

Broadband adoption and digital literacy are now prerequisites for participation in the 21st century economy. The Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit is one of several digital inclusion initiatives that encourage universal participation by the DC community in today’s digital age.

About Connect.DC
Connect.DC was established by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) of the District of Columbia Government to draw attention to the advantages of technology and collaborate with government, nonprofit and corporate entities to advance citywide broadband access and education initiatives. Connect.DC is funded by a combination of OCTO resources and two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants—State Broadband Initiative (SBI) and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)—through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the United States Department of Commerce.

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