MN Broadband Conference Highlight: Digital Inclusion Showcase Agenda 2020

The fall broadband conference is two short weeks away! We are excited to share more details, and today we unveil the Digital Showcase lineup. We will kick-off the conference on the morning of October 6 with brief (10 min) demonstrations, stories or presentation from folks on the front lines of helping people make better use of broadband. Some have ideas you might be able to implement tomorrow – some are intentionally stretch goals. They are all great examples of how broadband is changing lives. And you’ll get a chance to ask questions during the session.

We’ll be hearing from the following:

  1. PCs for People refurbishes donated computers to distribute to low income households. They also offer affordable tech support and Internet access (where available).
  2. Winona Friendship Center offers remote elder exercise online. Participants can see each other and the instructor for this one of a kind exercise program.
  3. Kairos Alive! transforms lives through dance and creative involvement and has regular online events to encourage participation with folks who might have difficulty attending on site.
  4. Minnesota Libraries & Libraries Without Borders bring literacy, digital literacy and library services to folks in and outside of a library. Learn about pilot projects happening in Minnesota – especially with laundromats and manufactured housing parks.
  5. Boreal Corps is a program that is using technology to help kids help others to tell stories. They have been working on COVID communication in their community.
  6. Wolf Creek Online is an innovative Online Public School Option for all Minnesota students grades 9-12 and up to age 21. They have been teaching successfully teaching students online for years.
  7. Online Gaming contest with Paul Bunyan; they have hosted several annual GigaZone Gaming Championships. Participants compete in online tournaments for real money.
  8. Precision Ag with Land o’Lakes; they talk about how their work with their members to use technology to streamline and improve agri-businesses in the field.
  9. Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center (gpTRAC) helps healthcare providers develop and implement telehealth programs. Their mandate is to promote telehealth through training, technical assistance (consultation), and outreach activities.
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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