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Quarterly Newsletter | December 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012



As the year draws to a close, we can't help but look back with gratitude at all we accomplished in 2012. Just last year, OCTO launched Connect.DC to help close the technology gap in the District. Little did we know there would be such a tremendous amount of interest and demand for services across the city!

This year, we served thousands of District residents and dozens of community institutions through several initiatives. We established Digital Inclusion Centers in collaboration with the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs and Department of Parks and Recreation. We deployed a Mobile Technology Lab, and partnered with the Office of Unified Communications to help residents sign up for Smart911.

In addition, we launched a new program website along with social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We hosted two Community Broadband Summits, established a Subgrant Program, and much more.

Just last week we moved to OCTO's new home: 200 I Street, SE. It is a beautiful building, inside and out, and we're ready to get out and explore the Capital Riverfront neighborhood! Please stop by for a visit.

Thank you for anything you can do to help us continue our mission at Connect.DC.

Warm wishes for a joyful holiday season!

Your Connect.DC Team

Connecting Communities

Our fall Community Broadband Summit was a great success! Held in conjunction with DCWeek at the Goethe-Institut on November 5th, sessions explored the untapped power of broadband technology in the District. We heard from distinguished panelists and moderators along with an engaged audience of developers, entrepreneurs, social innovators, policy makers, members of community institutions and concerned citizens.

Victor L. Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development delivered an insightful keynote speech on The State of Techonomic Development in the District. (Watch the video)

Sessions included:

  • Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is (Watch the video)
  • What’s in IT for Me? (Watch the video)
  • Untapped: The Role of Inclusion in the Future of Technology & Your Organization

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Small Business Success Project

OCTO Subgrantee Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is working to get entrepreneurs comfortable with technology and connected online. Join Connect.DC and LEDC on Tuesday, December 18th from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. at 2316 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 as we announce a new initiative connecting small businesses with basic digital literacy education in Washington, DC.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on December 18th, LEDC will offer Technology Basics for Entrepreneurs en Español to small business entrepreneurs with little or no experience using computers. Future sessions will be offered in English.

For more information contact Lourdes Morales, Small Business Coach and Trainer, at 202-540-7407 or [email protected]

Is Your Broadband Service Satisfactory? How Fast is Your Download Speed?

The District of Columbia government is working to gain better insight on broadband adoption and usage within the city. We are collecting broadband-related data from individuals, government agencies, nonprofits, corporate entities and community anchor institutions inside the District boundary.

The effort to map District broadband access and adoption usage will require the direct participation of citizens and organizations operating inside DC. This means we need YOUR help! We encourage you to assist the DC government by taking our quick broadband use survey and testing your connection speed from your home if you live in DC.


Connect.DC Highlighted in White Paper

ICF International experts, in partnership with the National League of Cities, recently summarized current efforts to address the challenges of broadband adoption at the U.S. federal, state, and local levels. OCTO's Connect.DC program was highlighted for services that help increase broadband adoption and digital literacy among District residents. Read more

Upcoming Events

Small Business Success Project Kickoff
Tuesday, December 18th, 10:00-10:30am

Latino Economic Development Center (DC Office)
2316 18th St, NW
Washington, DC 20009