10-week summer program for underrepresented coding undergrads – with stipend- at NCSA

This will be an awesome opportunity for 10 undergraduate students. I’m happy to help spread the word…

Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science (INCLUSION) is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’sNational Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). INCLUSION is an opportunity for 10 undergraduate students from underrepresented communities and Minority Serving Institutions to work in pairs with pairs of mentors on interdisciplinary socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software (OSS). The program will begin with a two-day Software Carpentry workshop where students can study existing OSS. As students learn to make better software, they will document and test software, and share with others including their home institutions, an undergraduate research symposium on the University of Illinois campus, and the science and engineering research community.


  • 10-week summer program offers opportunities:
    • to develop and master research skills
    • to apply open source software technologies to real-world problems
    • to work closely with NCSA researchers and faculty affiliates
    • to work on interdisciplinary and socially-impactful research projects
    • to participate in social activities, networking and professional development events
  • $500/week stipend
  • Room and board
  • One round-trip for out-of-state students


All students who apply to INCLUSION must be:

  • Citizens of the United States or permanent residents
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree
  • In good academic standing at their college or university
  • Enrolled in any major and in any year of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply

Priority is given to minority students applying from outside of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Through the personal statement letters and letters of recommendation, more junior students (typically in their first two years of college) need to demonstrate:

  • Interest in conducting open software research
  • Desire to learn and actively collaborate as a part of a team
  • Some professional work or volunteer experience that demonstrates the applicant’s understanding of professional working environments
  • Some software experience is a plus, but not required

Through the personal statement letters and letters of recommendation, more senior students (typically in their last two years of college) need to demonstrate:

  • Interest or experience in conducting open software research
  • Desire to learn and actively collaborate as a part of a team
  • Some professional work or volunteer experience in a university or similar research organization that demonstrates the applicant’s understanding of academic working environments
  • Software programming experience, for example in classes or through work on software projects


  • Online Application: November 1, 2017 – February 10, 2018
  • Program Session: May 21 – July 27, 2018

Learn more

Smart city Readiness Challenge Grant applications due December 15

GCN reports – and I hope to see many Minnesota communities apply…

The Smart Cities Council is now accepting applications for next year’s Readiness Challenge Grant.

The challenge is open to cities, counties, states, provinces and regional authorities in Canada, Mexico and the United States that want to apply smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment.

Each grant recipient will receive a year’s worth of free mentoring; a custom-designed, on-site Readiness Workshop; membership in the Smart Cities Leadership Circle; and other technology products and services.

Previous winning proposals included GIS initiatives, smart utilities, mobility and transportation improvements.

The simple process of applying can get a city moving toward a comprehensive technology plan,  Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst said.

“Our past entrants confirm there’s plenty to gain by filling out the application,” Berst said. “This process alone has helped many communities move their smart city efforts into the fast lane.”

Applications are due Dec. 15, and winners will be announced Jan. 23, 2018.

ILSR is looking for interns for the Community Broadband Networks Initiative team

A great opportunity for the right person(s)…

We’re looking for an Intern to join the Community Broadband Networks Initiative team. The position is flexible with regard to hours and is based in our Minneapolis office. If you’re interested in working with us on Internet policy, check out the position posting and let us know.


Interested in Internet policy issues? Want to work in an exciting field to build more resilient economies and encourage more vibrant democracy? Want to have fun doing meaningful work?

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a part-time or full-time paid intern for its Community Broadband Networks program.

Our Ideal Intern

  • Is enthusiastic about technology policy and believes in balancing private interests with public interests
  • Writes compelling, well-researched and concise articles on a short deadline
  • Can juggle multiple tasks
  • Works independently
  • Is creative – graphics, videos, audio, whatever. Multimedia is wonderful.
  • Is confident calling people to interview them over the phone
  • Is self-directed
  • Has some background knowledge of economics and public policy

The Kinds of Things We Do


  • We run MuniNetworks.org – the hub of the community networks movement
  • Create fact sheets, reports, videos, podcasts, and the occasional comic. The White House relied on our research for its own report on broadband networks
  • Advise communities on how to improve Internet access for businesses and residents
  • Educate the media and policymakers on Internet policy


  • Send an email to broadband@muninetworks.org with Subject Line: ILSR INTERNet Application
  • Explain in 3 paragraphs why you are the ideal intern.
  • Attach a resume and writing sample (or relevant creative work)
  • Please do not call


  • Flexible hours
  • Experience in the fast paced high tech public policy world
  • Pay based on qualifications and time commitment.

Get your responses in by August 18, 2017. If you are incredible, we may create another position. Never hurts to try.

Danna MacKenzie to receive 2017 Community Broadband Hero of the Year Award

Pleased to share this good news for a friend who is doing a terrific job and has earned the accolades…

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) today announced that Danna MacKenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, is the recipient of the 2017 Community Broadband Hero of the Year Award.

NATOA honors outstanding individuals and projects that work to improve government and public options in broadband technology. The organization’s awards recognize and highlight some of the many extraordinary local efforts to bring the benefits of broadband to communities.

“Commuting eight hours each week from her home in northern Minnesota, Danna MacKenzie brings relentless energy and commitment to expanding rural broadband access,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “Since she launched Minnesota’s rural broadband initiative four years ago, Danna’s expertise and deep knowledge of rural communities has helped us expand high-speed internet access to 25,949 households, 3,176 businesses and 244 community institutions. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. Congratulations, Danna!”

“I am very pleased that the work Danna is leading is receiving such great praise,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Quality, affordable access to broadband is a necessity in today’s education and business environments. I know that Danna and her team are committed to bringing that access to all Minnesotans.”

“This award is really for all of the people in Minnesota working on and supporting this issue,” MacKenzie said. “This shows that here in Minnesota we have a constellation of leaders, advocates, policymakers and doers all acting on a shared vision of bringing quality, affordable broadband access to all.”

The Office of Broadband Development, located within the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), was created in 2013 under Gov. Mark Dayton with the goal of developing high-speed internet access throughout the state by 2022 through the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. Since 2014, the state has invested a total of $66 million in this effort. During the 2017 legislative session, another $20 million was appropriated for the grant program.

NATOA is a national association representing the needs and interests of local governments and consortiums in promoting community interests in communications. Membership is predominately composed of local government agencies, staff and elected officials.

ICANN New Global Indigenous Ambassador Program – expenses paid to meeting in United Arab Emirates

This would be a tremendous opportunity for the right person. And I’d love for that right person to be from Minnesota…

ICANN Announces Global Indigenous Ambassador Program

14 June 2017

LOS ANGELES – 14 June 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, to be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities. Through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community. “This is an exciting opportunity for two Indigenous Ambassadors to learn about ICANN and the At-Large community, representing the best interests of Internet end users,” states Loris Taylor, President & CEO, Native Public Media.

ICANN is now accepting applications for two Global Indigenous Ambassadors. Applicants must be members of unserved or underserved tribal or native communities and meet the ICANN Fellowship Program criteria[icann.org]. Selected participants will receive travel, hotel, and per diem for the ICANN60 Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to be held 28 October – 3 November 2017.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 July 2017.

Tekne Award applications and nominations open!

It would nice to see rural Minnesota dominate the awards! From the MHTA…

Tekne Award applications and nominations open!
Applications and nominations for the 2017 Tekne Awards are now open! The Tekne Awards celebrate innovation in Minnesota’s science and technology industries. The 2017 Tekne Awards have 15 categories and the application deadline is July 28. APPLY TODAY!

Looking for a job as a Broadband Installer Specialists?

Just in case anyone is looking for a job after the long weekend, Mediacom is hiring…

Broadband Installer Specialists
Looking for a Full Benefits Package?
Do You Like to Work with Technology?
Looking for a Good Training Program & Long Term Career Path?

Broadband Installer Technician

Our Installers get to work with the latest in broadband technology that provides cable, internet, phone, and home security services. With our training, you learn to install, troubleshoot and resolve service problems. Must have high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, good driving record and ability to use a ladder and lift up to 70 lbs. We provide paid training, tools and equipment along with the company vehicle and cover all costs associated with the vehicle. This is NOT seasonal or contract work. We hire FULL TIME EMPLOYEES …

Required Experience/Skills:
High school diploma or GED required. Trade school training preferred.
Valid driver’s license; satisfactory driving record required.
0 to 2 years experience.
Ability to interpret and correctly fill out various work order forms provided by the Company.
Ability to interact with customers and co-workers; ability to communicate verbally.
Good written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work in all weather conditions and at various heights.
Ability to work flexible work hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime as required.

To view a full description and to apply, visit: www.mediacomcable.com/careers