From the Blandin Foundation…
We invite you to join us this October for a next generation broadband-enabled, broadband-focused conference.
Interesting times require innovative solutions!
The world is in flux and broadband seems to be at the center of it. The COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines on social distancing are creating the need and opportunity to learn how to do things differently, often with an online element. Meanwhile, the internet and social media are allowing people from all over the world in real time to witness and participate first-hand in the movement to end racial inequities in Minnesota and nationwide.
From telework to distance learning to keeping in touch with family and friends; from citizen journalism to starting a movement online; one thing is certain – access to broadband and the skills to use it is more important than ever.
We have decided to lean in, to take advantage of the technology we’ve been promoting for so long to meet your educational, professional, and civic needs, and hopefully demonstrate new ways to work and meet that you can bring back to your community.
The conference will be entirely virtual – but that doesn’t mean a series of online lectures. While we have planned a few traditional presentations, we have also created opportunities for discussion and collaboration, such as:
- Custom meetup/mentoring sessions where you can meet online with potential partners and/or experts in broadband adoption and deployment.
- Learning Cohorts (small groups) to connect you with other attendees to bounce ideas and traverse an online event throughout the conference.
- Exciting keynote speakers with the option to ask questions in real time or later
- Opportunities for small group discussion
For more information including a preliminary schedule of events, visit the conference webpage.