As we trudge through the snow in Minneapolis, we dream about spring weather and Net Inclusion 2020. It’s one of our favorite annual events and this year folks will gather in Portland, Oregon, to discuss all things digital inclusion. This year, the event is April 7th - 9th.
The annual event, hosted by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), brings together people concerned with digital equity and how to expand it. Policy experts, Internet access providers, and community leaders gather together in order to examine the issue of digital inclusion. Some of the conversations and presentations include:
Local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity
Sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs
Digital inclusion best practices from across the country
The first day of the conference will consist of workshop events in the morning hours and site tours in the afternoon. Some of the locations attendees will visit include Free Geek, Open Signal, and the Boys & Girls Club. Wednesday, April 8th, will be dedicated to interactive sessions, as will the morning of April 9th.
Quick as Lightning
One of the unique features of the Net Inclusion event is the ability for new, creative digital inclusion initiatives to present their ideas at the Lightning Round presentations:
Since our first Net Inclusion in Kansas City in 2016, NDIA has featured Lightning Rounds in plenary sessions as a way to shine a spotlight on dozens of great digital inclusion initiatives, and to encourage peer-to-peer networking among our affiliates and friends. Think of it as a beacon to find the people you’d love to have a hallway conversation with.
Net Inclusion 2020 will feature four 30-minute Lightning Rounds, accommodating a total of 25 to 30 presentations. Each presenter will get a maximum of four minutes at the microphone, accompanied by no more than 5 slides. The Lightning Round sessions will be strictly moderated.
Come see how new ideas can help connect more people.
Who are the Champions, My Friend?
Do you know a Digital Equity Champion? Nominate them for the Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award to be announced at Net Inclusion. Two awards will be decided:
An outstanding individual who has made a difference in the field of digital equity
An up-and-coming digital inclusion practitioner
Each nominee should have these qualities:
Sustained commitment to digital inclusion programs, practices, and/or policy work,
Applied innovative approaches to addressing and solving problems,
Extensive use of data and evaluation to shape digital inclusion programs and share best practices,
Demonstrated leadership in his/her community, and/or
Collaboration that can be scaled and replicated
Nominate your candidate here before February 15th, 2020.
See you in Portland!