With sadness, NDIA has determined we must cancel Net Inclusion 2020. The Net Inclusion Conference has been a staple in the Digital Inclusion community for years, bringing hundreds of practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers together to share their knowledge.

With social distancing in place, NDIA will host the “Net Inclusion 2020 Webinar Series” to replace the conference. Assuming it is safe to travel, Net Inclusion 2021 will be held in Portland.

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, September 1st 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, September 2nd will be a full day of interactive sessions. Thursday September 3rd will be a half day of interactive sessions and will conclude at 1:30 PM.

Registration Costs

  Conference   One-Day Pass  

AFTRR Meeting Ticket



Nonprofit/Govt Registrations


For-profit Registrations $450  



Subscribers Receive a 15% Discount on Registration


The Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR) Annual Meeting takes place on August 30th – September 1st 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.

"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: $174/night
Government Rate: $157/night


Tuesday, September 1st

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
4:00 Bus drop off at Zag
6:00 Reception at New Relic Portland

Wednesday, September 2nd

Portland State University

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcome Plenary
10:00 FCC Update with Commissioner Starks
10:30 Break
10:45 Break Out Sessions
11:45 Lunch
12:15 Lunch Plenary
1:15 Lighning Rounds 1
2:00 Snack Break
2:15 Break Out Sessions
3:15 Break
3:30 Break Out Sessions
4:45 Affinity Group Meetings
6:00 Reception by PCs for People

Thursday, September 3rd

Portland State University

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcome Plenary
9:45 Lightning Round 2
10:30 Break
10:45 Break Out Sessions
11:45 Lunch
12:15 Lunch Plenary

AFTRR Annual Meeting

August 30th – September 1st

Sunday 8/30 6PM-9PM Meeting Kickoff at Doug Fir Lounge at 830 E Burnside St
Monday 8/31 8:30AM-5PM Day 1 at Jupiter Hotel: Atrium at 830 E Burnside St
Tuesday 9/1 10AM-2PM Day 2 at FreeGeek at 1731 SE 10th Ave

Opening Plenary: Geoffrey Starks

Geoffrey Starks was nominated to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission by the President and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. He was sworn into office on January 30, 2019.

Commissioner Starks has a long career of public and private sector experience. These experiences inform his commitment to working to ensure that no American is left behind in this era of transformative innovation. Most recently, Commissioner Starks served as Assistant Bureau Chief in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, where he focused on protecting consumers, promoting network security, and preserving the integrity of the Commission’s Universal Service Fund programs. Previously, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice where he provided advice on domestic and international law enforcement issues, including civil, criminal, and national security matters. At DOJ, he received the Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service—the highest award a DOJ employee can receive. Prior to his entry into federal public service, Commissioner Starks was an attorney at the law firm Williams & Connolly, clerked for the Honorable Judge Duane Benton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, served as a legislative staffer in the Illinois State Senate, and worked as a financial analyst.

Commissioner Starks is a native of Kansas and was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Commissioner Starks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College with high honors and a law degree from Yale Law School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Lauren, and their two children.

Closing Plenary: Conversation between Vint Cerf and Joshua Edmonds

Vinton G. Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist - Google

Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is a former member of the National Science Board and current member of the National Academy of Engineering and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and BCS. Cerf received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Japan Prize, ACM Turing Award, Legion d’Honneur, the Franklin Medal, the Catalunya International Prize and 29 honorary degrees.

Joshua D. Edmonds

Joshua D. Edmonds

Director of Digital Inclusion - City of Detroit

Joshua Edmonds is a digital inclusion policy fellow within the Poverty Solutions Initiative at the University of Michigan and the City of Detroit’s inaugural Director of Digital Inclusion. Joshua is responsible for creating a sustainable digital inclusion strategy to help bridge Detroit’s vast digital divide. Prior to his role at the City of Detroit, Joshua served as a Digital Innovation Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. During his tenure at The Cleveland Foundation, he leveraged philanthropic and corporate funding to help address Cleveland, Ohio’s digital divide. Joshua also has experience working on President Obama’s ConnectHome initiative within the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. Joshua is responsible for developing the Cleveland’s first Housing Hackathon which received national recognition from HUD. 

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.

Digital Equity Champion

The fifth Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award is now closed 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.

Nominations 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.

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.