BREAKING NEWS! All three honorees receiving the CDAA Digital Excellence Advocate Awards have confirmed their appearance at the keynote luncheon of the 1st Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference and Technology Fair Friday, health system
October 29, 2010, at DePaul University Egan Urban Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Lower Level.

Pioneer CTC creator Carl Davidson, Julia Stasch, Vice President for Community Development at the MacArthur Foundation, and State Representative Constance Howard will be honored with Digital Excellence Advocate awards at the keynote luncheon. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, VP and the first Director of Media and Technology of the Joint Center For Political Studies in Washington, D.C.

Speakers/Panelists/Presenters: DexCon 2010 – October 29, prostate 2010

  • Sy Bounds
  • David Chakrabarti
  • Salome Chasnoff
  • Drew Clark
  • Pierre Clark
  • Thom Clark
  • Rishi Desai
  • Jonathan Eyler-Werve
  • Patty Fisher
  • Peter Haas
  • Sandee Kastrul
  • Licia Knight
  • Lisa Jones
  • Rose Mabwa
  • Demetrio Maguigad
  • Michael Maranda
  • Justin Massa
  • Heidi Massey
  • Vincent McCaskill
  • Bruce Montgomery
  • Karen Mossberger
  • Shaz Rasul
  • Don Samuelson
  • Lowry Taylor
  • Nicol Turner-Lee
  • Denise Zaccardi

Sy Bounds

Sy Bounds is the Director of Innovation at the Chetwyn Rogers Community Technology Center on Chicago’s West Side. He is a community technologist, painting contracting specialist  and scribe and hosted a popular radio show for many years at Triton Junior College. He blogs at The Blog Professor and is a featured speaker at community events in the Chicago area.

Thom Clark, President Community Media Workshop

During his 20-year career as Chicago’s community media guru, Thom Clark has built the Community Media Workshop into the country’s premier training organization for non-profit organizations who want to connect and engage effectively with local regional and national media organizations. The Workshop, in addition to its many training classes and workshops and its one-of-a-kind annual media conference, operates three well-regarded news websites and publishes a unique directory of Illinois media outlets that has no equal anywhere in America. A former seminarian and photographer, Thom was also the co-founder and first Executive Director of the nationally-regarded Chicago Rehab Network and is a frequent speaker on community media, new media technologies and media strategies on the local and national level.

Pierre Clark, Co-Founder Chicago Digital Access Alliance

Pierre Clark has had a varied career as award-winning photographer, publicist, writer and columnist, promoter, talent manager, technology consultant, non-profit staff person, program developer and neighborhood technology evangelist. Since 1994 he has been active in the movement to provide equitable access to technologies, tools and training for all citizens in Chicago and throughout the nation. He introduced the Neighborhood Computing Center concept in the 1994 Chicago Empowerment Zone Strategic Plan 9for which he was the designer and editor) and created one of the first church-based technology centers, New Galilee, in 1998 on Chicago’s South Side. Recruited by Toni Stone, founder of CTCNet, he became the first Chicago/Midwest Coordinator for CTCNet and in that capacity co-convened and promoted the 1999 CTCNet National Conference in Chicago which drew 400 people.

Clark has founded or co-founded six successful non-profit organizations including the Chicago Digital Access Alliance, Inc., which developed and popularized the term “digital excellence” and the concepts around developing digital excellence communities and public computing centers. The DePaul Egan Center’s 1999 Community Fellow for Technology, Clark has started three successful CTCs, co-authored a technology training program, and written grants which have been awarded nearly $1 million in funding for two-dozen organizations. Clark is a native Chicagoan who graduated as valedictorian at Holy Angels Grammar School, National Merit Finalist/National Achievement Scholar/honors graduate at St. Ignatius College Prep, and attended Harvard University and the University of Chicago.

Matthew Guilford

Matthew Guilford leads the City of Chicago’s Digital Excellence Initiative, a partnership that leverages technologically-engaged communities to advance key issues like healthcare, education and sustainability.  He manages City programs relating to broadband deployment, technology adoption and digital skills.  Prior to joining the City, Matthew developed strategies for technology-based economic growth for the State of Rhode Island.  He holds a degree in behavioral neuroscience and in history from the University of Pennsylvania.  Matthew is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Council’s Transatlantic Network 2020 and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Michael Maranda, Co-Founder Chicago Digital Access Alliance

Michael consults on movement building and information strategies for the social benefit sector and engages in capacity building for the Commons. As co-founder of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance he architected the 10 Principles for Digital Excellence, a holistic perspective on Digital Inclusion and Community Building. Michael is past president of the Association for Community Networking and CTCNet Chicago.  Michael is currently developing the Open Stewardship Foundation to promote the fundamentals of open stewardship.

Michael’s personal mission is to “remake fields with tools and provisioned spaces; open the path to a more fluid, functional and open society; design tools and services that integrate the field – making us visible to each other in value and success.”

Justin Massa

Justin’s work centers around civil and human rights, new technologies, open data, and new forms of collaboration. He is a co-founder of and is currently the Director of Project and Grant Development at the Metro Chicago Information Center. In 2009, he was named one of the “35 Under 35″ emerging civil rights leader in Chicago by the Community Renewal Society.

From the spring of 2009 through February 2010 Justin was the Program and Technical Coordinator at NetSquared, where he coordinated internal communication and helped run innovation competitions. Before that, he was the Fair Housing Testing and Outreach Coordinator for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. There he supervised the testing program, handled intake and investigation, and conducted fair housing trainings for 3.5 years. At CLCCRUL, his work focused on the intersection of fair housing and technology and he the led the investigation into craigslist’s publication of discriminatory advertisements, helping create the model for pursuing complaints against creators of discriminatory online housing ads.

Prior to working in fair housing, Justin was a Chicago Public School teacher (8th and 3rd grades) for two years and a research analyst for the Center for New Community for four years. At the Center, he monitored white nationalist activity and trained more than 5,000 young people on how to spot and respond to hate. While at the Center, he wrote forFellowshipIntelligence Report, and Searchlight magazines and appeared on CLTV, VH1, and NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

Justin holds a BA in Political Science, with a minor in Womens’ Studies, from Loyola University of Chicago and a MA in Teaching from National Louis University. He completed the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST training and NFHA’s Fair Housing School. In the past, he helped organize meetings of the now-dormant Illinois Data Exchange Affiliates and was a founding co-covener of Chicago Net Tuesdays.

Vincent McCaskill

Vincent has spent the past five years managing a leading Community Technology Center on the South Side of Chicago.  His goals are to continue to train youth and adults in entreprenurship and technology. He is a Microsoft-certified trainer and certified networking/repair instructor and is completing an advanced degree in computer science from DePaul University.

Karen Mossberger, Ph.d

Karen Mossberger is Professor of Public Administration, and teaches courses on public policy, administrative theory, and local government management.  Her research interests include local governance, urban policy, policy learning, information technology and e-government.  Her 2008 book from MIT Press co-authored with Caroline Tolbert and Ramona McNeal – Digital Citizenship:  The Internet, Society and Participation- examines the impact of technology on economic opportunity and political participation.  Other work on digital inequality includes an earlier book with Georgetown University Press, Virtual Inequality:  Beyond the Digital Divide (K. Mossberger, C. Tolbert and M. Stansbury 2003), and “Race, Place, and Information Technology”  which won the best paper award for the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association in 2005.

Recently, she completed a study of technology use in Chicago with Caroline Tolbert of the University of Iowa, which includes neighborhood-level data for each of the community areas, based on multi-level models.  She is currently co-editing theOxford Handbook of Urban Politics with Susan Clarke and Peter John.

Her research has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.  Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Public Administration Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and theJournal of Urban Affairs.  She is co-editor of the Georgetown University Press series on American Governance and Public Policy, and on the editorial boards of Urban Affairs Review and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.  She is also the 2009-2010 President of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Lowry Taylor

Lowry Taylor is a Co-Founder of Chicago’s Digital Access Alliance as well as Co-Founder/President/Chairman of Digital Development Corporation And Oversight Committee, Inc.  His work focuses on the four key areas of Access, Education, Diversity, and Careers.  He strives to bring together grass-root community organizations, businesses, educators, technology professionals,  and concerned individuals to address these challenges.  At the DDC, Lowry leads the development of projects like the annual “Digital Divide Town Hall, Conference and Expo”. Through the organization’s Danny Davis Training Program for ex-offenders and the unemployed, more than 50% of the 200+plus people who entered the program completed it and received jobs.

Nicol Turner-Lee (Digital Excellence Luncheon Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Joint Center is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. The Media and Technology Institute was established in 2008 to study how broadband, the media industry and emerging communications technologies can become avenues of advancement for people of color.

For the past seven years, Dr. Turner-Lee has been an executive at One Economy – a global nonprofit that uses the power of technology and information to expand opportunities for low-income people – serving most recently as Senior Vice President for External Affairs in charge of public relations, national strategic partnerships and business development. While at One Economy, Dr. Turner-Lee played key roles in all aspects of its core business, including residential and community broadband access, online public purpose media and youth technology training. She helped to establish broadband connections in thousands of affordable housing units, supported the development and distribution of One Economy’s core media properties and expanded a national technology service initiative from 250 to nearly 3,000 youth in less than two years. Before joining One Economy, Dr. Turner-Lee founded the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides public access to computers and the Internet to thousands of low- and middle-income people. In its nine-year history, NTRC has been recognized by the State of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a model community technology center. Dr. Turner-Lee has served on the board of the Center for Economic Progress, most recently as its chairperson. She is a member of the board for the Community Renewal Society and a former member of the Chicago Wireless Task Force. In 2007, Broadband Properties magazine named her to its list of the “Top 10 National Broadband Promoters.” Dr. Turner-Lee is a former Research Fellow with Northwestern University’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a recent Rockwood Leadership Fellow and has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern and North Park Universities. She graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Here is the conference-day schedule for the 1st Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference  And Technology Fair, treat 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