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Quarterly Newsletter | September 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Greetings from Connect.DC!

How was your summer? Hope it was full of relaxing experiences with family and friends.

We’ve been quite busy at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)! What’s good? Since the Spring Community Broadband Summit, we rolled out the Mobile Technology Lab into several neighborhoods across the District, hosted more than a dozen summer youth for a six week internship program and launched a Subgrant Program. Check out the snippets below and if you know of anyone that would find something interesting, please forward along.

Thank you for joining us in promoting digital inclusion throughout the District—so that everyone has the opportunity to tap into the tremendous technology resources of the 21st century.

Stay in touch!
Alex Chi and Connect.DC Team

Mobile Technology Lab

OCTO's Connect.DC Mobile Technology Lab (MTL) is a portable, Internet-ready computer lab traveling throughout District neighborhoods as part of a broadband public awareness and community outreach campaign. With program partners—such as District government agencies and nonprofit organizations—Connect.DC uses the 48-foot MTL to provide computer and Internet access to the general public and circulate digital literacy programs and tools. View MTL photos here.

The MTL has been making strategic stops this summer in areas that have limited access to broadband Internet service. All District residents are welcome to sit down at any one of six laptop computers, with access to wireless Internet (Wi-Fi). The MTL services are offered free of charge.

A few of the events we’ve supported this summer:
Beat the Streets | Summer Safety Fair | National Night Out | Community Night Out | Back to School Jamboree and Health Education Fair

Subgrant Opportunity

We have exciting news! In support of Connect.DC’s digital inclusion efforts, OCTO released a Request for Application (RFA) on Monday, August 20th.  The RFA requests applications from organizations to support programs for the DC-Broadband, Education, Training, and Adoption (DC-BETA) project.

The DC-BETA subgrant assists Connect.DC by funding projects aimed at increasing Internet usage and adoption among the District’s underserved populations where broadband technology has been underutilized. OCTO seeks applicants that provide creative and strategic solutions to increase sustainable broadband adoption among the small business community.

The RFA deadline is Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

We are offering a Pre-Application Workshop to answer questions about the RFA on Friday, September 7th, from 1-3 p.m. at 300 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Click here for more information.

Summer Youth Employment Program

To support Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), Connect.DC hosted local youth interested in technology this summer. The program, administered each year by the Department of Employment Services (DOES), aims to provide a meaningful work experience for District youth.

More than a dozen youth were assigned to one of three teams—research, database, and web/media. Teams conducted digital literacy public surveys, researched nationwide trends and best practices and developed strategies for website and social media engagement. Working closely with Connect.DC program staff, the teams made great strides toward advancing program goals.

A six week program, the SYEP began on Monday, June 25, 2012 and ended on Friday, August 3, 2012. View photographs of Connect.DC summer youth activity on Facebook.

Washington, DC a top city for tech start-ups

USA TODAY highlighted the District's attractiveness to tech firms in a recent article. The National Venture Capital Association ranked the top 10 cities for start-ups, based on dollars invested in young tech companies in 2011 and Washington, DC made the list. It's a very exciting time to be a Washingtonian!

Upcoming Events

Subgrant Workshop
Friday, September 7th, 1-3pm
Register >>

Mobile Tech Lab in the Community
Saturday, September 15th, 12-7pm
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Subgrant RFA Deadline
Thursday, September 20th, 5pm (EST)
Details >>

Fall Community Broadband Summit
Coming Soon!