Thank you to the DIW National Planning team for their support, and to all the event hosts that helped to make Digital Inclusion Week 2018 a success!
During the week, we were able to raise awareness about digital inequities and international efforts to close those gaps, and bring people who dedicate their lives to Digital Inclusion together to highlight the impact of their work. In total, 68 organizations registered as hosts in 20 states. Individuals and organizations participated by hosting social media campaigns (check out the DIW Twitter Moment), digital literacy classes, sharing stories, sending out press releases, and hosting special events. The social media campaign was a smashing success! Stats from Keyhole on the hashtags used between May 6-11th on Twitter and Instagram show: #Digitalequityis had 1,256 posts and 948 users, #digitalinclusion had 2,137 posts and 1,015 users, and #DIW2018 and #digitalinclusionweek had 1,299 posts and 533 users.
 
Highlighted Events:
 
Byte Back, Work Within Reach
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Description of Event:

You can be a part of a more inclusive and innovative tech sector in DC! We’re celebrating Digital Inclusion Week (May 7-11) and DC’s InnoMAYtion by bringing together folks who are new to the tech sector and business professionals.

Byte Back Students, Alumni & Others Seeking Careers in Tech, 1-4 p.m.: Join us for a FREE afternoon of workshops, career tips, live networking, and refreshments!

DC Tech Professionals, 2-4 p.m.: Volunteer as resume helpers (2-3 p.m.) and then enjoy networking hour, where you can meet recent and upcoming Byte Back graduates starting their careers in tech.

 

City of Seattle, Social Media Campaign and Community Technology Advisory Board Event
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During the social media campaign Seattle had 24.9K impressions, gained 41 new followers, and 40 mentions.

For Seattle, DIW was a good rallying, community information and awareness focal point. It resulted in the Mayor’s first digital inclusion post, Chief Technology Officer participation, Seattle IT department staff engagement, and a public engagement event sponsored by Seattle’s Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB). CTAB held an event with digital equity program updates, testimony from immigrant/refugee and literacy programs teaching digital skills, and created and posted #digitalequityis social media. This also provided an opportunity for additional outreach about low-income internet programs.

 

Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Digital Literacy Workshops

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Contact your local branch to find out about workshops or to set up a one-on-one tutorial. Visit JMRL’s website to browse a calendar of events. Special events happening this week are: Apple Basics – Northside Library, 5/7, 2pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/7, 3-5pm

Creating a Digital Brand – Central Library, 5/7, 6:30pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/8, 2-4pm3D Printing 101 – Northside Library, 5/8, 6:30pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/9, 5-7pmTech Open House – Central Library, 5/10, 3-5pm

Tech Open House* – Central Library, 5/11, 11am-1pm

To build your skills on your own, try one of these websites: *digitallearn.org or gcflearnfree.org

These highlights are just a few of the great events that took place during this week. I look forward to working with NDIA Affiliates and Friends on Digital Inclusion Week 2019. Together, we are finding solutions to address digital inequities.
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