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OCTO Participates in Mayor Gray's One City Summit

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Connect.DC to Echo Mayor’s Message during a Summit of its Own

(Washington, DC) DC Chief Technology Officer Rob Mancini, Deputy Director Tegene Baharu, Connect.DC lead Alex Chi, and others joined Mayor Vincent Gray’s One City Summit on Saturday.  Along with 2,000 District residents, the team discussed ways to create a vibrant, welcoming city through progressive educational, economic, and social initiatives. The event, which featured up-to-the minute reflections on public opinion through the use of public survey keypads and laptops, provided an opportunity for the OCTO team to gauge the public’s comfort with some of the latest technology tools.

“It was exciting to see people using laptops and keypads to share their opinions on some very important issues,” said Mancini. “Clearly, technology is changing and enhancing the ways in which citizens and government work together in the District.”

Connect.DC will utilize cutting edge technology at an upcoming Community Broadband Summit, scheduled for late April. Content and programming for the Summit is expected to include the use of laptops, streaming video, and computer-based breakout sessions. High tech exhibitors will be on hand to showcase their latest products, services, and gadgets. With an anticipated 500 participants, Connect.DC aims to use the Summit to promote greater broadband awareness and digital literacy among District residents, businesses, and community stakeholders.

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