Digital Inclusion Strategies: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference

Digital Inclusion Strategies featuring show and tell sessions on a range of digital literacy projects and a discussion of how to better run programs.


No matter how great (or poor) your network is, if community members are being left behind without access, skills and devices, then your network is not being used to its full capacity. Learn best practices in a range of digital inclusion strategies including computer refurbishment, community technology centers, computer training programs, and low-cost Internet connectivity.

Welcome by Ann Treacy

Tech Literacy Collaborative (Elise Ebhardt and Angie Willardson) – A centralized resource for tools and calendar and directory of projects in the Twin Cities

Show & Tell Stations (1 hour – 4 rounds of 10 minutes)

  1. PCs for People (Sam Drong) – refurbishing donated PCs to distribute to low income households. They have a system that works for everyone.
  2. Hack 2.o (Larry Handlin) – recently hosted their first Hackfest at their coworking space in Willmar.
  3. Kids Summer App Camp (Charles Hilliard) – getting teenagers to develop apps in the summer.
  4. Winona Friendship Center (Malia Fox) – a one-of-a-kind approach to getting elders online – interactive online workout classes.
  5. Open TC (Bill Bushey) – hosting regular meetings of civic coders to develop projects, solve problems and make connections
  6. Visual (Chuck Olsen) – “Virtual Reality is Here.” Learn how this new medium opens up a world of new experiences with your smartphone.
  7. Project FINE (Fatima Said) – teaching computer classes to new Americans from the basics to online publishing. Students learn and make friendships.
  8. Reduced Rates for Low Income HHs MVTV (Julie Foote) – offering reduced rates can make good business sense and community development.
  9. Winger Kid Coder Dojo (Neela Mollgaard) helping kids to develop computer programming and coding skills with space, mentors and opportunities.
  10. Community Technology Empowerment Project (Lisa Peterson de la Cueva) – AmeriCorps members dream up and deploy digital literacy projects

Show & Tell Materials & Videos

And an example of the videoconferencing:


3 thoughts on “Digital Inclusion Strategies: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference

  1. Ann,
    Do you have anything on digital inclusion, strategies, organizations, initiatives, etc., aggregated for senior citizens?

    This could be a future blog post for me.


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