Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week is a national event that aims to raise awareness of solutions and challenges related to digital equity. Here in Dane County, DANEnet will host a week of events highlighting our work to increase digital inclusion in the community.

Join us to learn, to code, to volunteer, to eat and to become a digital equity champion.

Full listing of events below.

Events

Tuesday | October 8th | 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Digital Inclusion Week Kick-Off Breakfast

A local celebration of national digital inclusion week.

Join DANEnet, community leaders and people committed to increasing connectivity and digital literacy in our region for a light breakfast, information about DANEnet’s digital equity work in the community followed by a panel with leaders and policy makers on internet access and adoption.

Epic Systems in Verona will host the breakfast.

Erik Lorenzsonn - Moderator

Erik Lorenzsonn is a Madison journalist who reports on technology, culture and civic affairs for the Capital Times. He also produces and co-hosts the Cap Times podcast “The Madsplainers,” a show about urban development and local government. Before joining the Cap Times, Lorenzsonn wrote and produced radio stories for outlets including Wisconsin Public Radio, the Progressive Magazine and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Angela Siefer -Panelist

Angela Siefer is the Executive Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Angela has been working in the field we now call digital inclusion since 1997. She has helped physically set up computer labs in underserved areas, conducted research, managed digital inclusion programs, assisted with the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Adoption Toolkit, and more. In 2015, Angela helped found the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Government Technology Magazine named Angela one of their Top 25 Doers, Dreams, and Drivers of 2019.

Sarah Edgerton - Panelist

Sarah Edgerton brings more than 20 years of information technology experience
to her role as the Chief Information Officer, where she serves as the City of Madison’s CIO. Prior to her role as the IT Director, Sarah was the City’s Web Manager. She oversaw the development of digital government services to reach community members. In Sarah’s current role, she leads strategic planning, oversight and management of city-wide IT
operations, budget, infrastructure and digital programs and initiatives.

Randy Stoecker - Panelist

Randy Stoecker is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin with an affiliate appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He conducts trainings and speaks frequently on community organizing and development, higher education community engagement strategies, and community information technology. He has led numerous participatory action research projects, community technology projects, and empowerment evaluation processes. His complete vita may be found at here

Monday | October 7th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Girls Code Madison

A free night of coding just for girls. Volunteers will teach a short lesson and co-create a project using code. New, novice and experienced coders are welcome and encouraged. Recommended for girls in 4th – 10th grades.

We will teach a coding skill and have a hardware project available. Girls can attend both or either Girls Code Madison and Kids Code Madison.

Girls Code Madison meets at Hawthorne Library, 2707 East Washington Ave. no registration needed.

Wednesday| October 9th | noon – 1:00

Lunch and learn to be a Digital Equity Champion

Join us for a free workshop for professionals and volunteers that work with low-income and disconnected families. Learn about the low cost internet access programs and strategies to help families get access. You will leave with a full belly, a packet of informational fliers in multiple languages and a digital equity champion badge. Space is limited, lunch is FREE.

The Foundry Meeting Room in the Spark Building 821 E Washington Ave.

Thursday| October 10th | 6:00 – 7:30

Kids Code Madison

Upper elementary and middle school students are invited to Kids Code Madison, a weekly, drop-in coding club. A volunteer-led program, youth can code their own interactive stories, games, and animations using programs and tools like Scratch, Python and JavaScript.

New and experienced kid programmers welcome!

New programmers will be given some direction with tutorials and help from volunteers.  Each week we will teach a “sushi” (mini, bite sized) coding skill and have a hardware project available. Kids Code Madison meets at Hawthorne Library, 2707 East Washington Ave. No registration needed.

Thursday | October 10th | 6:30 PM  – 8:00 PM

Low cost internet info session

Informational session and enrollment help for adults seeking low cost home internet options. We will briefly review the available programs and qualifications for low cost access and then assist families with enrollment. English and Spanish. Bring documentation of income to qualify for low-cost programs.

Goodman South Madison Public Library

Friday| October 11th | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Computer Fix IT Clinic 

Computer Fix IT Clinics are to repair and support computers and hardware owned by households without the means to fix them. Adults can bring in their devices (smart phone, desktop, tower, laptop, etc.) and DANEnet staff and volunteers will fix and clean the devices.

If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support! Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.

First come, first served. Labor is FREE. Volunteers can offer advice on purchasing parts online or at local repair stores. Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr. 

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