Boston Summit

Boston Regional Digital Equity Summit

Closing the Digital Divide for Economic and Educational Opportunity and Workforce Development

Friday, March 18, 2016
Ryan Lounge Foyer
University of Massachusetts-Boston
Register Now for the Boston Regional Digital Equity Summit

Attendance is free and includes breakfast, lunch, materials and sustained follow-up planning assistance
(Discounted room rate and car rental options)

Click Here to See the Current Agenda

Directions to the event:

(Please allow yourself an additional 30-minutes for arrival)

If you are arriving by car, you will park at the Bayside lot, number 19 on the map.
Please take the complimentary shuttle to the Campus Center, number 1 on the map, and follow the signs to Ryan Lounge (McCormick Hall), number 7 on the map.

If you are taking public transportation, please click here to select your preferred route.

The Summit is intended for:

  • School/Community Teams from high poverty neighborhoods in Boston and across the state who want to significantly narrow the digital divide at home for their low-income children and families, through the collective impact process.
  • Business leaders committed to workforce readiness and development
  • Philanthropists, Banking Leaders and other Digital Equity Investors who want to learn about essential dimensions of digital equity, proven resources in each dimension, and guiding principles to consider in designing digital equity investments.
  • Researchers who seek to design and share research findings that support the community teams’ and digital equity investors’ efforts.
  • Digital Equity Resource Providers: who want to orient communities and philanthropists to their resources and collaboratively plan next steps that support sustained, locally determined priorities and action.

The Summit’s aims are to:

  1. Equip school/community teams in high poverty communities with the knowledge, ongoing planning assistance and resources to design digital equity initiatives that address locally determined educational and economic opportunity goals.
  2. Share a compelling vision with philanthropists and investors regarding the essential dimensions and guiding principles that operationally define what it means to make effective “digital equity investments”.

The Summit is the kickoff to a sustained regional initiative undertaken by our partnership to assist school/community teams to design and carry out successful digital equity programs that contribute significantly to educational and economic opportunity.

Co-convening organizations include:

EDC, the National Collaborative for Digital Equity, Comcast, GovConnection, T-Mobile Government Solutions, City of Boston, FSG, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Mass. Dept. Of Elementary and Secondary Ed, the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s College of Education and Human Development.

EDC National Collaborative for Digital Equity Comcast GovConnection  T-Mobile Government Programs
Boston Public Schools FSG Reimagining Social Change Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  UMass Boston

For those traveling to the event, special discounted room rates and car rental options are available to you.

Recommended Reading & Resources:
Connecting for Good wrestles Kansas City’s digital divide
Guiding Principles for Designing and Evaluating Digital Equity Investments and Initiatives
• Business Aligning for Students
• Building Digital Communities
U.S. Competitiveness Project
Let The Librarians Lead

For more information contact Dr. Robert McLaughlin, Co-Chair, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, EDC, Waltham MA at 617.618.2725 or