You're Invited to the 2018 North Carolina ConnectHomeUSA Summit!

We are excited to be hosting our first regional ConnectHomeUSA summit! Taking place in the great state of North Carolina, this will be an opportunity for our carolinian ConnectHomeUSA communities to gather and hear from local experts on topics such as fundraising, economic mobility models, as well as education and digital inclusion! The summit will be held on June 20th, 2018 9:30-2:30pm in Charlotte, NC at Queens University. We hope to see you there! Click below to register and scroll down to get a sneak peek at our agenda and speakers.

Summit Agenda

9:00-9:30: Breakfast (food provided)

9:30-9:45: Welcome & Opening Remarks

  1. Christine Edwards, Community Relations Coordinator, Mecklenburg County Government

  2. Eric Boyette, Secretary and State Chief Information Officer, North Carolina Department of Information Technology

9:45-10:25: Tapping into the Product Pipeline: Finding Affordable Devices for your Residents

Description: ConnectHomeUSA strives to not only connect families via the internet but also make sure that they have the hardware necessary to take advantage of that resource. Join us to hear from state actors who are working to close the device gap and create a sustainable pipeline for computing devices.

  1. Amy Huffman, Research and Policy Specialist, North Carolina Department of Information Technology
  2. J'Tanya Adams, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, EveryoneOn
  3. Michael Abensour, Executive Director, Kramden Institute
  4. Pat Millen, Founder and President, Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D)

10:25-11:10: Building Capacity for Digital Inclusion: the Train the Trainer Model

Description: Giving examples of sustainable and partner-based models that can be replicated to increase impact on connectivity and training for residents.

  1. Amber Petty, Senior Manager, EveryoneOn
  2. J'Tanya Adams, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, EveryoneOn
  3. Bruce Clark, Executive Director, Digital Charlotte

11:10-11:35: Community Reinvestment Act: Investment and Beyond

Description: Hear from a local Community Development Lending Officer on how banks approach digital inclusion and how they've made an impact in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County.

  1. Sedrick McCallum, Community Development Lending Officer, Woodforest National Bank
  2. Caché Owens, Community Engagement Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

11:35-12:05: Facilitated Community Breakout Session

12:05-1:00: Lunch (food provided)

1:00-1:45: Access to the Internet, Access to Education

Description: How can educational institutions be partners in digital inclusion?

  1. Will Ward, Digital Charlotte Community Organizer , Digital Charlotte, Knight School of Communication
  2. Kevin Poirer, Technology Facilitator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  3. Kelvin Thompson, Director, Single Stop
  4. Veronica Creech, City of Raleigh/Entrepreneur in Residence, UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work's Jordan Institute for Families

1:45-2:30: Promoting Socioeconomic Mobility through Digital Inclusion

Description: How can we maximize digital equity to build a stronger workforce for today's economy?

  1. Teddy McDaniels, CEO, Urban League of Central Carolinas
  2. Dana McDonald, Director, Goodwill University
  3. Nathan Craver, Data, Assessment, and Continuous Improvement Consultant, Department of Public Instruction

A special thanks to all of our sponsors: