(Washington, DC) – The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and national nonprofit EveryoneOn are hosting Do Something Better: A Nonprofit Technology Summit today at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The summit is intended to help local nonprofits and community-based organizations leverage technology to improve operations and productivity and support the District of Columbia’s efforts to close the digital divide. The summit is free and open to the public.
The event will feature keynote addresses from Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins, Laura Breeden and Gustavo Velasquez, workshops, panel discussions and an exhibitor space. Representatives from Microsoft, Discovery Education, Peer Insight, and the National League of Cities (NLC) will also speak to attendees.
“Today’s event is a unique opportunity to connect nonprofits with technologists, innovators, and influencers from across the District of Columbia for a singular purpose: socio-economic impact,” said Rob Mancini, Chief Technology Officer. “We’re reaching out through public/private partnerships to leverage new and existing resources at the local and federal levels to provide modern technology to all District residents. And, we are collaborating to reach the underserved. Our partnership with EveryoneOn on low cost offers is one such partnership.”
In addition to building technology capacity in DC’s nonprofit organizations, Do Something Better is designed by Connect.DC—OCTO’s Digital Inclusion Initiative and EveryoneOn as a vehicle to discuss how digital citizenship can be a tipping point for the 150K District residents who aren't online. The organizations will issue a call-to-action to join the multi-sector effort to provide affordable Internet access to unconnected D.C. residents and bridge the digital divide in our city.
“Nonprofits and community-based organizations play an important role in our society by serving some of the most vulnerable, neglected members of our society,” said Zach Leverenz, CEO, EveryoneOn. “This event will better prepare community leaders to tackle some of the most challenging issues of our time, including how to provide access to key resources like high-speed Internet and other tools to improve their quality of life.”
Breakout sessions, panel discussions and workshops include:
- Digital Citizenship: What it Means to be Fully Engaged
- Leveraging Technology to Reach Audiences
- Faster, Smoother, Slimmer Nonprofit Organizations
- Design Thinking for Growth
- Bridging the Digital Divide: What Works?
- Funding for Social Good Projects
- Innovative Programs to Reach Youth
The event is supported by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS), T-Mobile, Community IT Innovators, Caravan Studios, INSPR Media, Beekeeper Group, Omni Studio, and The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).
The conversation can be followed via Twitter #nptechdc2014. Media in attendance at the event will be able to interview participants and observe interactive workshops and panel discussions focusing on expanding technology resources and digital literacy skills across the District. Visit our Eventbrite page for more information.
Created by the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) in 2010, Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents and organizations. Together with our partners, we are working to ensure everyone in DC can take full advantage of everything technology has to offer. For more information, visit www.connect.dc.gov.
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet, computers, and free digital literacy accessible to all unconnected Americans. EveryoneOn aims to leverage the power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all Americans – regardless of age, race, geography, income or education level. For more information, visit www.everyoneon.org
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