Digital Week / 1 Week KC

Back-to-back weeks focusing on smart cities, digital inclusion, and entrepreneurship
On the heels of the downtown streetcar opening, this May brings us back-to-back weeks celebrating smart cities, digital inclusion, and entrepreneurship in the Kansas City ecosystem and beyond.

Digital Week, May 16-20, 2016

KC Digital Drive, the KC Coalition for Digital Inclusion (KCCDI), and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) have coordinated to host three complementary events focused on the digital future of cities. Digital Week will bring delegates and attendees from around the country for a focused week of learning and connecting in Kansas City. There are a mix of free and paid events with a variety of topics and target audiences, and we’ve included a number of opportunities for Kansas Citians to interact with our out-of-town attendees, to participate in Kansas City’s leadership role in these critical conversations.

Gigabit City Summit, May 16-18, 2016

The Gigabit City Summit is the is the premier conference for leaders in cities that either have or are planning to build out gigabit fiber-optic networks and use those networks to support smart city infrastructure and ecosystems. Tickets to the Summit may be purchased individually, though the conference best serves communities who send delegations who are prepared for the collaborative, cross-silo work that most effectively drives community impact. If your metro area is sending a delegation (5 or more individuals), you may be eligible for a delegation rate (including the Kansas City metro area). Please email for more details.

Gigabit City Summit - Website Header 12.16.15 You can also purchase individual track tickets for a few 3-hour Summit sessions. These tickets are intended for regional city and university partners, educators and digital inclusion practitioners who may not be able to attend the whole conference.

  • Register for the Digital Inclusion Track, Tuesday May 17, 8:30-11:30 am
    • Featuring a keynote address by Colin Rhinesmith, presenting new research from the Benton Foundation.
  • Register for the City + University Track, Tuesday May 17, 1:00-4:00 pm
    • Featuring partnership case studies from Georgia Tech/Atlanta, Queens University/Charlotte, and UMKC/Kansas City
  • Register for the Education Track, Tuesday May 17, 1:00-4:00 pm
    • Featuring a keynote address from Rich Culatta, former Director of Ed Tech for the Department of Education and currently the Chief Innovation Officer of Rhode Island

We have also arranged some evening happy hours as an informal space where local and national partners with common interests can meet and share. Even if you can’t get away from work, join us for happy hour! (Registration pages coming soon.)

  • Digital Inclusion Happy Hour (co-hosted with NDIA), Tuesday May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Civic Tech Happy Hour (co-hosted with Code for America), Tuesday May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Education Happy Hour (co-hosted with Mozilla), Tuesday May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

Net Inclusion Summit, May 18-19, 2016

The Net Inclusion Summit participants will discuss current and potential local, state and federal policies crafted to increase digital equity and share broadband adoption best practices and new strategies.

net inclusion logo Effective digital inclusion public policy relies upon strategies being field-tested by the many community-based organizations, libraries and local governments who are working to increase equitable broadband access and use across the U.S. Net Inclusion 2016 is a unique opportunity for practitioners and policymakers to share and document that important work .

Digital Inclusion KC, May 20, 2016

Kansas City area civic leaders and digital literacy practitioners who are committed to ensuring that everyone in the community reaps the benefits of digitally-connected life will convene on May 20 at the Central Library in downtown Kansas City, Mo. for a morning of discussion, idea-generation and hands-on work, organized by the KC Coalition for Digital Inclusion. Building on the success of 2014’s Digital Inclusion Summit and 2015’s Digital Inclusion Town Hall Meeting, Digital Inclusion KC 2016 will leverage our City’s newfound reputation as a leader in this area to introduce a framework for expanding our impact in the years ahead.

Digital Inclusion KC The KC Coalition for Digital Inclusion exists to facilitate collaboration among organizations and initiatives working to bridge the digital divide in order to maximize resources for the greatest impact. Our vision is for every citizen and household in the Kansas City metropolitan area to have access to the Internet, the equipment needed to use it and the skills needed to take advantage.

1 Week KC, May 16-20, 2016

Now in its fifth year, 1 Week KC was designed as a celebration of entrepreneurship in Kansas City. Managed by KCSourceLink, 1 Week KC offers a concentration of events and opportunities to engage the Kansas City’s startup community, with offerings like Startup Crawl, Sprint Accelerator’s Demo Day, E- Day at the K, and Startup Waffles.

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