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The 4th quarter of 2011 will be the busiest one of the year for the Chicago Digital Access Alliance (CDAA) with three major events on tap.

DEXCON FALL 2011

This year’s Dexcon(tm) Fall 2011, purchase which was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, hospital October 28-29, glands 2011, will now be moved to back to the original schedule for 2011 in 2012, which is a Spring Dexcon 2012 in May 2012 and our Dexcon Fall 2012 in October 2012. Of course next year will be a presidential election year so there will be lots of excitement around who will be President in January 2013. We may have a Digital Excellence Road Show Dinner event before the end of the year.

So look for the Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference and Technology Fair, known as DexCon(tm), in the Spring and Fall of 2012. Locations to be announced, watch this page for more info.

PASTORS’ TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES BREAKFAST – WEST SIDE

Finally, The FaithTech Network, in partnership with the CDAA and hosted by Connected Living Inc. will present its West Side Pastors’ Technology Resources Breakfast, on Friday, November 4, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Wallace’s Catfish Corner, 2800 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60624. The Honorable Danny Davis, 7th Congressional District Congressman and Rev. Kirk Gayton, who is developing one of the West Side’s largest CTCs, will be among the featured speakers.

NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY CONGRESS – WEST SIDE

Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the CDAA presents its Neighborhood Technology Congress – West Side at the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center, 3600 West Cermak Road. Workshops, discussions, a keynote address, exhibits, raffling of 10 refurbished computers and free refreshments round out the 4-hour event. ADMISSION IS FREE but seats are limited. For information, visit the Congress website at http://www.cdaatechcongress.org.

All three events are part of the CDAA’s five-year “Connecting Chicago Neighborhoods To Digital Excellence” campaign which focuses on bringing technology to neighborhoods and neighborhood residents to technology resources through linking community technology/public computing centers to digital skills building initiatives.

Want to know more? You can call us at 312-473-0373 or 312-912-9668.

 
DONATE NOW TO THE CDAA! HERE’S WHY!

Why should you donate to the CDAA? Well, viagra buy besides the fact that our business structure as a non-profit organization requires us to solicit donations to survive as an organizaton, pharmacy we here at the CDAA do some good work, approved and that’s not bragging.

GEORGE LUCAS FOUNDATION BLOG RECOGNIZES CDAA DIGITAL EXCELLENCE COALITION

Edutopia.org, the national blog of the George Lucas Foundation, recognized the Digital Excellence Coalition and the CDAA for promoting and advancing digital literacy in the Chicago area. Here is the link to that article:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-divide-technology-internet-access-literacy-vanessa-vega

TEN (10) PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL EXCELLENCE

Some years ago, Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation described the CDAA as an innovator in advancing the principles of digital excellence:

http://saschameinrath.com/2007may04beyond_digital_inclusion_a_ten_point_plan_for_digital_excellence

FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING AND WE ARE BUSIER THAN EVER!

Since we established ourselves September 6, 2006, we’ve done a lot but we’ve never been more active than we are today. Here are just a few of our current programs:

“Technology In The Hood: Connecting Chicago Neighborhoods Through Digital Excellence”, a five-year effort (2012-2013-2014-2015-2016) to spread the digital excellence gospel to every one of Chicago’s neighborhoods, bringing technology access to neighborhoods and connecting residents with technology resources. The programs listed below are part of the “Technology In The Hood” effort:

CDAA CTC/PCC CTCTechLink Network – Our citywide technical assistance and capacity-building support team that will help community technology centers grow and expand their capacities and service offerings. More information about this program is available at http://www.ctctechlink.com.

CDAA CTC/PCC Network – Citywide CTC Group Of 200 CTC/PCCs joining together to revamp and transform the service offerings and mission of CTCs citywide and nationally. Our websites that support the development and expansion of CTC/PCCs include http://www.techcenterstartup.org and http://www.ctctechlink.com.

CDAA YouthTech Club/Tech Tutors Corps – introducing 700 Chicago youth to technology awareness, internship opportunities and training for technology certification.-

CDAA Cybermentors(sm) – 77 TechInfoReps(sm), one for every Chicago neighborhood, that will be ambassadors of information and resources for each of these neighborhoods.

CDAA Neighborhood Technology Congresses(sm) and Neighborhood Technology Clusters(sm) – The Congresses bring together residents to learn about technology resources and training options in their communities and discuss how neighborhood technology initiatives can benefit and drive community development and job creation.

Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference and Technology Fair (DexCon(sm)): We’re taking a break from presenting our popular conference in 2011 so we can integrate all the new programming we are doing, but we’ll be back in May 2012 with a bigger, more expansive conference and technology fair.

NOW YOU KNOW, SO DONATE NOW!

So you didn’t know we were doing all the things I listed above? I guess not. But now that you know, that’s why you should donate NOW to support the work the Chicago Digital Access Alliance is doing and will continue to do. We’ve set up a donation box at Chipin.com. Here it is:

WHY DONATE NOW?

I know this may be the worst time of the year to ask for donations but it’s also the time of the year when most people and organizations finalize their donations for the year. We’re looking for 100 individuals or companies to each donate $1,000.00 to help us reach our goal of $100,000 in donations by June 30, 2012.

Your donation(s) for 2011 and 2012 will be tax deductible and will help us:

  1. Pay some overdue organizational bills
  2. Locate and furnish a new office space
  3. Deliver technology resources (hardware and software) to underserved Chicago neighborhood residents

Want more information about the CDAA and why you should donate? Call me at 312-970-0249. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Let us share with you the CDAA story and how you can be part of writing the next chapter.
December is typically a major fundraising month for most non-for-profit organizations. The festive mood and Christmas spirit seem to evoke generosity and the spirit of giving.

In that spirit, site we’re asking you – all of the supporters and friends of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance – to support our two (2) public fundraising events this year:

CDAA Raffle Flyer

Support The CDAA Holoday Tech Resources Raffle

 

Our C.D.A.A. Holiday Tech Resources Raffle – with a first prize of an Apple Ipad2 with wi-fi, second prize of $250.00, and third prize of $150.00. Tickets are $20.00, and you can order yours via http://www.paypal.com at registernow@digitalexcellence.net.

The Apple Ipad2 with wi-fi is the premier tablet on the market right now. It’s become standard gear for the connected knowledge worker and if  you don’t have one, enter our raffle and pay $20.00 for the chance to win one.

 

 

 

 

 

Our C.D.A.A. Holiday Steppers’ Set, Friday, December 23, 2011, from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight at the AKARAMA Foundation Community Center, 6220 South Ingleside Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, where you’ll enjoy great steppers’ music, food and mingling with some very energetic party people.

Click on this link to purchase your tickets:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/216314

 

Proceeds from both activities support the work of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance. For more than five (5) years we’ve been leading the way in the neighborhood technology space in Chicago’s 77 community areas and in 2012, you’ll see even more innovative programs and activities from the C.D.A.A.

So help us keep on bringing resources and knowledge to you.

Support our two fundraising events.

For more information, call Pierre Clark at 312-970-0249.

And Happy Holidays from all of us at the Chicago Digital Access Alliance.

Pierre A. Clark, Co-Founder, President and Executive Director

Chicago Digital Access Alliance Inc.

312-97 0-0249