Digital Inclusion Summit Wrap-Up

Date: 
April 4, 2013

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.

Laura Breeden

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:

  • Help Seattle Public Library design next generation digital literacy services
  • Digital literacy for re-entry from prisons
  • Should Internet access be a public utility?
  • Digital literacy services for homebound
  • Intersection of race, hip hop and digital media
  • Civic Voice curriculum for youth
  • Low-income access to email & text messaging
  • What is digital literacy?
  • Pathway to training and health
  • Relevant content and adoption models for immigrants
  • Free Microsoft Tech training through libraries
  • The computing divide beyond digital literacy
  • Big-brained Superheroes (a youth technology training program)
  • Comcast Internet Essential: reaching families

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.