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Connect Chicago Champion: David Lane of YWCA

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There are people across Chicago working in digital inclusion. They are trainers, librarians, teachers, nonprofit representatives, community and philanthropists. They are promoting equitable access to the Internet, hardware, and digital learning opportunities. This about shining a light on their stories, insights, and wisdom. Tell us about yourself. What do you do and what motivates you?…

Announcing the April 22nd Community Technology Forum at Greater Southwest Development Corporation

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The first Community Technology Forum, an event hosted in partnership with the Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC), DePaul University, and Connect Chicago, will be on Saturday, April 22nd. GSDC, our local partner for this event, produces the Tech Thursdays workshop series and has been a featured speaker at Connect Chicago Meetups. Event: Community Technology Forum…

Digital Inclusion Innovation in Chicago: Wi-Fi at Windsor Park

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This piece was originally posted on the Smart Chicago Collaborative blog.  Windsor Park Lutheran Evangelical Church in Chicago’s South Shore is the home of a collaborative, community-based connectivity initiative. Along with Leave No Veteran Behind, Cambium Networks, and a neighboring local restaurant, the Church set up a Wi-Fi network —  something to power job searches,…

Connect Chicago: January — March 2016

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Connect Chicago is a cross-sector civic leadership initiative that seeks to make Chicago the most digitally skilled, connected, and dynamic city in America. In 2016, we’ve made investments to strengthen and expand our city’s digital learning ecosystem. Under Connect Chicago, the CyberNavigator Program out of the Chicago Public Library has expanded citywide, digital skills training has been integrated into…

Arts & Tech Learning Spaces for Youth in Chicago

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Do you know about Chicago’s arts & tech blended learning spaces for youth? Here are a few: YOUmedia at Chicago Public Library Branches YOUmedia is a library and studio space at Chicago Public Library branches designed specifically for teens. You can hang out, mess around and geek out on projects to create your own music,…

Lessons from CUTGroup Focus Groups on Digital Skills

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Smart Chicago’s Civic User Testing Group (CUTGroup) conducted focus groups on digital skills and digital skills resources in Chicago. One of the goals of the focus groups was to understand how we can better connect residents to technology resources in their neighborhood. To read all of the lessons and access all of the data from these…

An Infographic on Internet Access in Chicago

What is the state of at-home broadband adoption in Chicago? We analyzed the most recent American Community Survey data to understand the state of connectivity in Chicago: At-home broadband adoption is a pivotal piece of digital equity, but not the only piece. Currently there is no means to consistently measure gaps in digital skills, digital learning…