Here is the conference-day schedule for the 1st Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference  And Technology Fair, Friday, October 29, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at DePaul University Egan Urban Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Lower Level, Chicago, Illinois. This schedule is accurate as of Weds., October 27, 2010, and is subject to last-minute changes (additions, deletions, and modifications). Call 312-970-0249 or 312-473-0373 with questions or check back to this page for the latest updates.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration – Lower Level Foyer

9:00 a.m. Introduction And Welcome – Thom Clark, President, Community Media Workshop

9: 10 a.m. Digital Excellence: The Citywide Agenda: Pierre A. Clark, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance

9:15 a.m. Digital Excellence: The Open Stewardship Agenda: Michael Maranda, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance

9:20 a.m. Digital Excellence: The Neighborhood Agenda: Lowry Taylor, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance

9:25 a.m. The Conference Day Schedule: Thom Clark, President, Community Media Workshop

9:30 a.m. Morning Workshops – Classrooms 100, 102, 103


Workshop 1: Digitally Empowered Youth: Helping Non-Profits Tell Stories, Build Capacities

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

SUMMARY: Chicago youth are mastering digital and media skills to share tales of pain, loss, struggle, redemption and triumph and create brighter futures for themselves. They are also learning these skills to give themselves a competitive edge in today’s job market. Four leaders in empowering today’s youth with digital skills tell how they help youth find their voice and create their futures in the 21st century world of digital excellence – and how non-profits can creatively support and enlist these youth to help them tell their own stories and develop a technological edge.”

Salome Chasnoff, Executive Director, Beyond Media Education
Sandee Kastrul, President/Co-Founder, i.c. stars
Rose Mabwa, Co-Chairman, Illinois Consortium Of Neighborhood Networks NASA/MSI Program
Denise Zaccardi, Ph.d, Founder/Executive Director, Community TV Network

Workshop 2: Building a Solid CTC/PCC
10:45 a.m. – 12 Noon
SUMMARY: Neighborhood residents still get most of their exposure to digital tools and resources in publicly accessible tech-empowered spaces. Leaders of four (4) of the city’s top technology centers share how they develop programming, marketing and training strategies that keep their CTC/PCC’s vital resources for thousands of residents each year.
Panelists Representing:
Erie Neighborhood House Tech Center
Knowledge Hookup CTC, Chicago, Illinois
Pui Tak Technology Center, Chicago, Illinois
Sunshine Gospel Ministries CTC, Chicago, Illinois


9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Workshop 1: Cloud Computing Apps – Empowering Your Non-Profit
Cloud computing apps are no longer pie-in-the-sky pipedreams but tested applications that a growing number of non-profits are leveraging with great success. From group e-mail to calendaring, word processing and powerpoint design, cloud apps like Google Apps bring all the computing power of their desktop counterparts at a fraction of the cost. Two local tech experts will show you how to migrate your current e-mail, calendaring and word-processing apps to Google Apps and how to fully leverage Google Apps with Avairy, DimDim, Prezi and other cloud applications.
Pierre Clark, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance, Cloud Computing Apps Trainer
Vincent McCaskill, Technology Director, Sunshine Gospel Ministries, Google Apps Trainer

10:45 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
Workshop 2: Interactive High-Impact Web Design
SUMMARY: A static website just won’t cut it any more. Today’s successful websites combine many interactive features: newsletter signup, video, digital slideshows, membership recruitment, sms/rss feeds, Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin/Myspace mashups and more into powerful audience engagement tools. Demetrio Maguigad, webmaster of Community Media Workshop’s successful portfolio of websites and blogs, reveals how to design and deploy high-impact websites using open source tools like WordPress and Drupal.
Demetrio Maguigad, Webmaster, Community Media Workshop
Dave Chakrabarti, Co-Founder,
Taran Rampersad, Chief Knowledge Officer, ThinkDrop


9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Workshop 1: Neighborhood Broadband Challenges & Opportunities
Broadband is the pathway to community development and digital excellence in powering the tools that empower a digitally-connected neighborhood.  But as a report by one of our panelists details, many Chicago neighborhoods are still underserved by broadband and even internet access. With $21 million in Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grants poised to be spent on training and expanding technology in public spaces, access to broadband becomes even more critical. Our second presenter is the local coordinator of a national non-profit which is spearheading the building of wi-fi networks in two Chicago communities – Lawndale and Woodlawn.
Licia Knight, Digital Impact Officer, One Economy Corporation
Karen Mossberger, Ph.d, University of Illinois At Chicago

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Workshop 2: Mobile Broadband – New Tool For New Capacities
WiMAX-powered mobile broadband touts faster speeds and Internet-everywhere access. Since coming to Chicago, Clear, the leading mobile broadband provider, has introduced wimax to many Chicago communities.
Area Representative from Clear/Mobile Citizen
Bernard Key, Principal, Key Technologies (Invited)


Introduction: Thom Clark
Digital Excellence Advocate Awards
Carl Davidson – Introduced By David Eads
Constance Howard – Introduced By Bruce Montgomery
Julia Stasch – Introduced By Pierre Clark
Keynote Address: “Digital Excellence: Where We Are, Where We’re Going”
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President, Director, Media and Technology
Joint Center For Political And Economic Studies, Washington, D.C.
Afternoon  Preview: Thom Clark, Community Media Workshop

1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.  Classrooms 100, 102

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
100 – Digital Excellence, Chicago and BTOP Roundtable Discussion
Matthew Guilford, Director, Office of Technology and Innovation, City of Chicago
Drew Clark, Executive Director, Partnership For A Connected Illinois
Pierre Clark, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance
Licia Knight, Digital Impact Officer, One Economy Corporation
Don Samuelson, Principal, DSSA Strategies
Representative From LISC
Moderator: Thom Clark, Community Media Workshop

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
102 – Social Networks – Collaborative Opportunities
Bruce Montgomery, Co-Founder, The Chicago Convergence
Toure Muhammad, Owner, Bean Soup Times Social Media Marketing
Heidi Massey, ChicagoCOUNTs
Max Gail, Founder,

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
100 – Open Stewardship and Inclusion
Facilitated by Michael Maranda
Heidi Massey, Chicago COUNTs
Pierre Clark, Co-Founder, CDAA
Max Gail, Founder,
Gene Loeb, Director of Center for Technology of Older Persons
Jeff Gerhardt, Teacher/Geek/Inventor/Father
Lowry Taylor, CDAA/DDCOC.
Antwuan Wallace, AFCN

2:30 – 4:00 P.M.
102 – Mashable Frontiers – Open Data, Open Gov
Facilitated by Justin Massa, Metro Chicago Information Center/
Jonathan Eyler-Werve, Principal, Global Integrity
Rishi Desai, Program Director, Smart Communities Humboldt Park
Peter Haas, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

4:00 p.m. Digital Excellence Plenary Wrap Up – Foyer

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.;m. Post-Conference Networking Mixer – Foyer

*Speaker Lineups Will Be Added As They Are Confirmed. Questions: 312-970-0249