Hosted by the St. Paul Public Library, Net Inclusion 2017 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, policymakers and entities reliant upon online access and digital skills of their clients/users.

Participants will discuss current and potential local, state and federal policies and policy innovations that could increase digital equity, current and potential sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs, and share digital inclusion best practices and new strategies from across the USA.

Net Inclusion 2017 Slide Show of Affiliates

Ticket Costs

Nonprofit/Govt Registrations – $175
For-Profit Registrations – $250
Subscriber Registration – $140
May 16 Dinner Reception – $25

Registration includes:

May 16
lunch & afternoon snacks
May 17
breakfast, lunch & afternoon snacks


Saint Paul Riverfront
11 E. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN55101

$159 + 13.625% tax = $180.66/night

Rooms must be booked by April 21st to receive the discounted rate.

The conference rate will be honored three (3) days before/after the official meeting dates based upon room type availability.


subject to change, please check back for updates

to view the break-out sessions, click here

Monday: On May 15 from 5:00 to 8:00, join PCs for People and Mobile Beacon for a pre-conference happy hour at Great Waters Brewing Company in Saint Paul. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and great conversation with other Net Inclusion 2017 attendees.

Tuesday May 16

8:30-11:00 Site Tours of Local Digital Inclusion Programs (Meet at Intercontinental)
11:00 Registration opens at James J. Hill Center
11:20 Lunch at James J. Hill Center
11:40 Welcome
12:00 Keynote – Maya Wiley
12:45 Lightning Round
2:15 Walk to St. Paul Central Library & City Hall for Break-out Sessions
2:45 Break-out Sessions
4:00 Break-out Sessions
6:00 Evening Reception – Amsterdam Bar & Hall (Tickets Still Available)

Wednesday May 17

8:15 Registration opens at City Hall & St. Paul Central Library. Continental breakfast available.
8:45 Break out Sessions
10:00 Break out Sessions
11:00 Walk to James J. Hill
11:30 Lunch at James J. Hill
12:00 Presentation of Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award
12:30 Plenary – Evolution of the Digital Divide: A Conversation Between Nicol Turner Lee and John Horrigan
1:45 Plenary Panel – Local Government Investments in Digital Inclusion (Live Stream Here!!)
3:00 Closing


Lightning Round Slides are Now Available for Viewing by Clicking Here.

NDIA wants to give every organization attending Net Inclusion 2017 an opportunity to share your story with everyone else. As part of our opening plenary, we’re inviting attendees to participate in the “Lightning Round” event.

The Lightning Round is a non-stop series of short, well-prepared presentations in which organizations introduce themselves and their work. Each presenter will have three minutes “on stage”, accompanied by a maximum of six slides (a title slide and up to five others). Slides must be submitted two weeks in advance, i.e. by May 1, so they can be incorporated into a single deck for the Round.

The Lightning Round will be strictly moderated to make sure that every scheduled presenter gets his or her time in the spotlight.

Because of time constraints, this year’s Lightning Round will have no more than two dozen slots.  Sorry… all available slots have now been filled. 🙁

May 17, 12:30 Evolution of the Digital Divide: A Conversation Between Nicol Turner-Lee of Brookings Institution and John Horrigan of Pew Research Center.


May 17, 1:45 Local Government Investments in Digital Inclusion
Angela Siefer, NDIA
Rondella Hawkins, City of Austin
Vicky Yuki, City of Seattle
Anne Schwieger, City of Boston
McClain Bryant, City of Kansas City MO


Please join the Minnesota Literacy Council for Better Together, a gathering of colleagues from adult education, libraries and workforce development that will focus on how collaborative digital literacy efforts can increase communities’ capacity to improve adult literacy and workforce outcomes for Minnesotans.


Click Here to Register for Better Together

Site Tours

National Digital Inclusion Conference 2017 Site Visits

Time – May 16 morning 8:30 to 11:00

All tours depart from Intercontinental Hotel. Please arrive early if you have not reserved a spot to participate!

Downtown St Paul Tour (Walk)

8:30 – LqP Computer Commuter – quick visit

9:00 – St Paul Public Library

10:00 – Science Museum of Minnesota

Minneapolis Tour (Bus)

8:50 – Pillsbury United Communities – Oak Park – 1701 Oak Park Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN, 55411

9:50 – PPL Learning Center (1925 Chicago Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404)

Midway Tour (Bus)

8:45 – SPNN 550 Vandalia Street Suite 170, Saint Paul MN 55114

10:00 – PCs for People 1481 Marshall Ave St Paul MN 55104


Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley

SVP for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management, New School, NYC


Race to the Future: Digital Equity in a Time of Change
Technology is changing everything and its changing fast. At the same time, urban communities of color and rural communities are excluded from access to broadband and the innovation economy. There are meaningful efforts underway raising new opportunities and questions around creating digital equity.


Maya Wiley is the Senior Vice President for Social Justice and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School. She also serves as the Chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, one of the oldest and the largest civilian police oversight authorities in the country. Ms. Wiley is the former Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill DeBasio, As Counsel to the Mayor, Ms. Wiley was charged with creating and implementing the Mayor’s universal Broadband strategy, building opportunities for women and minority owned businesses, and protecting and expanding civil and human rights, in addition to advising the Mayor on legal matters. Prior to serving the Mayor of New York City, she was founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national racial justice policy strategy organization. Ms. Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity who has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. She  has been named by City and State Magazine one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City in 2014 and 2015. In 2011 Wiley was named as one of “20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change” by and in 2009 a NY Moves magazine Power Woman. Ms. Wiley received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College.

Extended Bio

Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. She has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. Ms. Wiley is currently the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at the New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy, as well as the Chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) – the independent oversight agency for the City’s Police Department.

Prior to her roles with the New School and the CCRB, Ms. Wiley served as Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York from 2014-2016. As Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief legal advisor and a member of his Senior Cabinet, Wiley was placed at the helm of the Mayor’s commitment to expanding affordable broadband access across New York City, advancing civil and human rights and gender equity, and increasing the effectiveness of the City’s support for Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprises. During her tenure, she also served as the Mayor’s liaison to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.  

Before her position with the de Blasio Administration, Ms. Wiley was the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion. She has also worked for the Open Society Foundation in the U.S. and in South Africa, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

City and State Magazine named Ms. Wiley one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City in 2014 and in 2015. In 2011, Wiley was named one of “20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change” by and a Moves Power Woman in 2009 by the magazine.

Ms. Wiley holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A in psychology from Dartmouth College. She resides in Brooklyn with her two daughters and her partner. 


James J. Hill Center
80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Additional sessions and events will also be held at these walkable venues:

Saint Paul Public Library George Latimer Central Library
90 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Saint Paul City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Click Here to Download a Print-Ready Map


You will need to arrange transportation between the airport and the conference hotel. Please review the following options:

  • SuperShuttle –SuperShuttle pricing to the InterContinental is $14 one way and $26 round trip. For Execucar pricing, it is $54.00 for sedans and $64 for SUVs.
  • Public Transportation Express Bus (Route 54) – $2.25 non-rush hours/$3.00 rush hour
  • Taxi – averages $40 one-way
  • Uber & Lyft – As of January 1st, ride-share services can pick-up and drop off passengers at MSP Airport. Rates will vary.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Airport ground transportation: 

James J Hill Center

Saint Paul Public Library - George Latimer Central Library

Saint Paul City Hall

Special Requests

If you have any specific needs not addressed on this page, please contact Matthew Kopel:
[email protected]

For pumping accommodations can contact Amanda Feist:
[email protected]

Summit Sponsors

Your sponsorship will make a difference:

  • You will gain access to an audience of digital inclusion leaders and decision-makers from across the U.S.
  • Your organization will demonstrate its support for a fully equitable digital future.
  • We can keep registration costs affordable, meaning a wider range of participants will be able to attend the Summit.
  • Your investment in digital equity will increase the on-the-ground impact of conference attendees.

To discuss sponsorship please contact Angela Siefer or Laura Breeden.

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Also, please consider providing travel sponsorships to digital inclusion practitioners. This can be done through NDIA or directly with the practitioner.

Premier Sponsors

Best Buy - Premier Sponsor
comcast - premier sponsor

Gigabyte Sponsors

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Megabyte Sponsors

Blandin Foundation
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Thomson Reuters

Kilobyte Sponsors

OnCorps Reports
ctc technology & energy

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

NDIA and the whole team behind Net Inclusion strive to support an open exchange of ideas within a safe and respectful environment. We value your attendance at Net Inclusion, meetings, and events, and are dedicated to providing a positive event experience for all participants and members. We want Net Inclusion to be welcoming, supportive, and comfortable for all members of the digital inclusion community.

Treat staff, event attendees, and speakers with respect.

Participation in discussions and activities should be respectful at all times. All are expected to exercise tolerance of the perspectives and opinions of all present and use discretion with photographs, recordings, and sharing. Be aware of your presence, and be thoughtful in sharing, listening, and knowing when to do which.

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. If a participant engages in disruptive or harassing behavior, Net Inclusion staff may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you are being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a staff person immediately. 

Thank You

Thank you to the teams that made this conference possible

National Team

Laura Breeden, Carrie Coogan, Tom Cytron-Hysom, Wanda Davis, Andrew Doan, Roberto Gallardo, Barry Glicklich, Lazone Grays, Leana Mayzlina, Angela Siefer, Ann Treacy, and Vicki Yuki

Local Team

Michelle Andrews, Meredith Bauer, Tom Cytron-Hysom, Camilla Dreasher, Sam Drong, Judy Earling, Amanda Feist, Emily Kissane, Jelena Knezevic, Karen Kolb, Joel Krogstad, Jane Leonard, Kevin Mercado, Patricia Nelson, Lisa Peterson, Brandon Phan, Rebecca Ryan, Ann Treacy, and Mary Ann Van Cura