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OCTO, EveryoneOn Host Nonprofit Tech Summit

Friday, March 21, 2014

(Washington, DC) – The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)  and national nonprofit EveryoneOn will host Do Something Better: A Nonprofit Technology Summit, featuring keynote addresses from Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins, Laura Breeden and Gustavo Velasquez, workshops and panel discussions. Representatives from Microsoft, Discovery Education, Peer Insight, and the National League of Cities will also speak to attendees. The summit is free and open to the public. 

WHAT: A full-day summit designed to help local nonprofits and community-based organizations leverage technology to improve their operations and productivity and support the District of Columbia’s efforts to provide affordable Internet access to unconnected D.C. residents and close the digital divide

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

WHERE: Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater: 1101 6th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

WHO: Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED); Rob Mancini, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), CTO; Zach Leverenz, EveryoneOn, Chief Executive Officer; Laura Breeden, U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA, Program Manager; Gustavo Velasquez, Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), Executive Director

BACKGROUND: The summit will bring together nonprofit executives and program officers with leading innovators, technologists, and influencers across the D.C. metro area to explore topics such as:

• Digital Citizenship: What It Means to Be Engaged
• Leveraging Technology to Reach Audiences
• Bridging the Digital Divide: What Works?
• Innovative Programs to Reach Youth

Do Something Better is designed by Connect.DC—OCTO’s Digital Inclusion Initiative and EveryonOn as a multi-sector effort to connect nonprofits with technologists and the innovation landscape. 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.

About ConnectDC
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. 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

About EveryoneOn
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

Media Contacts
Jill Melnicki, OCTO (202) 442-3201
Sheila Dugan, EveryoneOn (571) 275-9025