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On March 14, the Communities Connect Network helped convene the first Washington State Digital Inclusion Summit, bringing together nearly 100 participants from the non-profit, private, and public sectors to exchange best practices and trends in the field of work that includes digital and online information literacy, broadband adoption, and public access to information technology. Laura Breeden, Program Director for Public Computing and Broadband Adoption in the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), provided an excellent keynote highlighting national digital inclusion programs and efforts. Her address set the stage for a day full of activity and knowledge-sharing in an unconference setting.
After the keynote address, participants had the opportunity to pitch ideas for conference sessions. Ideas were voted upon, and the topics with the most votes became sessions. Selected topics were:
Participants self-selected into sessions during morning and afternoon time slots. The sessions were lively and interactive. The inclusive atmosphere of the unconference allowed for many voices, and participants benefited from hearing a variety of people and perspectives. The conference ended with a reception, poster session, and informal networking. Participants left with new connections and innovative ideas to increase digital inclusion in Washington state.
In the coming weeks, links to photos and notes from the Summit will be posted here: http://digitalinclusionsummit.org. To read tweets from the Summit, search for #DISummit13.
View Laura Breeden's Keynote here: http://digitalinclusionsummit.org/keynote/.
View photos from the Summit on the CCN Facebook page.