Report from Cleveland

The Chicago Digital Access Alliance is working to connect Chicago neighborhoods. Our five-year initiative, anemia “Technology In The Hood”, more about and its campaign, “Connecting Chicago Neighborhoods To Digital Excellence”, focuses on bringing technology to neighborhoods and neighborhoods to technology. We have two projects under the “Technology In The Hood” Initiative: (1) Our CTC/PCC Development Program, under which we are developing and establishing thirty (30) new community technology/public computing centers; and (2) the 10,000 Digital Kids Campaign, where we are helping provide 10,000 urban youth with resources, training and software to allow them to create their own software development solutions.

On Monday, October 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the AKARAMA Foundation Community Center, 6220 South Ingleside Avenue, we’re launching our initiative with a focus on the AKARAMA Cafe, a 30-station community technology center which offers access to laptop computers and Internet technology, at a press conference where we will also introduce CTC managers from ten (10) different community technology centers who will share their stories and insights.

At 11:00 a.m., at the AKARAMA Cafe, seniors will participate in a digital literacy workshop presented by Connected Living Inc., a BTOP Award grantee which provides training and technology resources to seniors.

The thirty (30) community technology centers we are establishing will be located in ten (10) different communities on the South, West and North Sides.

We’re also partnering with community entities in establishing our CTCS, including Connect Woodlawn Inc. in Woodlawn, Digital Englewood Inc. in Englewood, and the Southside Technology Cooperative NFP in Brozeville/Kenwood.

For more information or to learn how to get involved, call us at 312-970-0249 or 312-473-0373.
June 27 and 28 brought program partners of One Community and other BTOP PCC/SBA grantees together at #CBAIS (Community Broadband Adoption Impact & Sustainability Conference).

Veterans of the movement assembled with new practitioners under the BTOP banner. The feel was very much reminiscent of the vibrant CTCNet conferences of old and underscored the need for us to work to rebuild and reboot the institutional capacity of the field. Toward that end numerous discussions are building upon the work of the Rebuild-Reboot retreat convened on the heels of the Digital Excellence Conference.

It has been slow going, men’s health
but we remain committed and are putting together a steering committee to advance this work on the national front, grounded in the long standing vision and legacy of our field.

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