Net Inclusion welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss:
  • local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity,
  • sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs,
  • and digital inclusion best practices from across the country.

Net Inclusion 2020 will begin Tuesday, April 7th with workshop events in the morning and Digital Inclusion Site Tours in the afternoon. The Site Tours are included in the cost of registration of Day One. Wednesday, April 8th will be a full day of interactive sessions. Thursday April 9th will be a half day of interactive sessions and will conclude at 1:30 PM.

The Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR) Annual Meeting takes place on April 5-7 in Portland. AFTRR members meet, share, and learn from fellow nonprofit refurbishers. Admission is free. For insight into the technology refurbishing world, Net Inclusion participants are welcome to join the AFTRR Annual Meeting.


Registration Costs

early bird ends 2/7/2020

  Conference Conference Early Bird One-Day Pass One-Day Pass Early Bird

AFTRR Meeting Ticket



$0 $0

Nonprofit/Govt Registrations



$155 $140
For-profit Registrations $450




Subscribers Receive a 15% Discount on Registration


"NDIA continues to be a leader in mobilizing the national conversation on these issues and creating space for us to come together to share learnings and innovate solutions. The conference format is collaborative and empowering – providing opportunities for peer-to-peer learning with inspiring keynotes, workshops, local site tours, and networking time.”

Rebecca Gibbons, City of Portland

“Amazing, a great place to network”

DawnDra Landon, Program Manager at DigitalC

“It was a wonderful experience, and I came away with a much deeper understanding of the issues and challenges we all face. I have not attended a conference with as many smart, dedicated, and enthusiastic people”

Matthew Robinson, Director of Distance Learning at GCFLearnFree

“It was a wonderful conference, my favorite to attend--I always learn things and so enjoy interacting with people in this field from across the country.”

Amy Huffman, Research and Policy Specialist at North Carolina Department of Information Technology

“This was absolutely the best conference I have been to in a long time - it was extremely applicable to my digital inclusion work, the attendees were all excited and enthusiastic to be there and to connect.”


“If you care about Digital Inclusion, you have to be at Net Inclusion. It seems like the entire Digital Inclusion community converges on the conference and you always are able to take multiple ideas home with you that you can quickly put into practice.”

Ed Blayney, Civic Technology Manager at Louisville Metro


Hotel Zags

515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201, USA

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

University of Oregon, Portland

70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209


The Hotel Zags

Limited Availability Discount Rate: $175/night
Government Rate: $157/night


Tuesday, April 7th

University of Oregon, Portland

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Workshops
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Bus pick up from UofO
1:00 Local Digital Inclusion Site Tours
5:00 Bus drop off at Zag
5:30 Reception at New Relic Portland

Wednesday, April 8th

Portland State University

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcome Plenary
9:45 Lightning Round 1
10:30 Break
10:45 Break Out Sessions 1
11:45 Lunch
12:15 Lunch Plenary: NDIA Update and Presentation of Digital Equity Champions
1:15 Lightning Round 2
2:00 Break
2:15 Break out Sessions 2
3:15 Break
3:30 Break Out Sessions 3
6:00 Reception at The Growler USA Portland

Thursday, April 9th

Portland State University

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcome Plenary
9:45 Lightning Round 3
10:30 Break
10:45 Break out Sessions 4
11:45 Lunch
12:15 Lunch Plenary

AFTRR Annual Meeting

April 5-7

Sunday 4/5 6PM-8PM Meeting Kickoff at QuarterWorld
Monday 4/6 9AM-4PM Day 1 at FreeGeek
Tuesday 4/7 9AM-12PM Day 2 at FreeGeek

Lightning Rounds

Since our first Net Inclusion in Kansas City in 2016, NDIA has featured Lightning Rounds in plenary sessions as a way to shine a spotlight on dozens of great digital inclusion initiatives, and to encourage peer-to-peer networking among our affiliates and friends. Think of it as a beacon to find the people you’d love to have a hallway conversation with.  

Net Inclusion 2020 will feature four 30-minute Lightning Rounds, accommodating a total of 25 to 30 presentations. Each presenter will get a maximum of four minutes at the microphone, accompanied by no more than 5 slides. The Lightning Round sessions will be strictly moderated.

The link below will take you to the Net Inclusion 2020 Lightning Round application form. The deadline to apply for a Lightning Round slot is Friday, January 24, 2020.

Digital Equity Champion

The fifth Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award is officially open for nominations! Two awards will be given: One will recognize an outstanding individual who has made a difference in the field of digital equity; the other will acknowledge an up-and-coming digital inclusion practitioner.

Do you know a digital equity champion? We are looking for everyone making a difference!

To be successful, nominations should exhibit:

  • Sustained commitment to digital inclusion programs, practices, and/or policy work,
  • Applied innovative approaches to addressing and solving problems,
  • Extensive use of data and evaluation to shape digital inclusion programs and share best practices,
  • Demonstrated leadership in his/her community, and/or
  • Collaboration that can be scaled and replicated.

The deadline for nominations for this year’s award is midnight Eastern Daylight Time on February 15, 2020.

For more information and to see past awardees – Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award.

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Thank you to our local and national planning teams for making Net Inclusion 2020 possible!

Local Team: Matthew Timberlake from Multnomah County, Rebecca Gibbons from City of Portland, Jon Worona from Multnomah County Library, Brian McGuirk from Multnomah County Library, Sam Pastrick from Oregon CUB, Leana Mayzlina from NTEN, Elisa Barrios from Open Signal, Jessica Liu from MetroEast, Nandini Ranganathan CETI, Hilary Shohoney from Free Geek, Cara Snow from Technology Association of Oregon, Kathy Harris Portland State University, Julie Reeder Oregon WIC

National Team: David Keyes from City of Seattle, Mary Smith from The Enterprise Center, Samantha Shartman from Connected Insights, Roberto Gallardo from Purdue University, Leana Mayzlina from NTEN, Geoff Millener from The Enterprise Center, Munirih Jester from City of San Antonio, Tony Frank from PCs for People, Carrie Coogan from KC Library, Devren Washington from Media Mobilizing Project, Wanda Davis from Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center, Alison Webber from World Education, Heather Lowe from City of Dallas, Yvette Scorse from ByteBack, Cynthia Sieck from Ohio State University, Amy Gonzales from UC Santa Barbara, Katherine Trujillo from Libraries Without Borders, Stacey Wedlake from Technology and Social Change Group, Cindy Fisher from Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Ricky Santiago from City of Louisville, Rebecca Kauma from City of Long Beach, Jennifer Terry from City of New Orleans, Nicole Franklin from King County, Adam King from DigitalC, Nicole Umayam from Arizona State Library, Abigail Waldrupe from NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, Barry Glicklich from Partners Bridging the Digital Divide.


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.