Tech Companies and Digital Inclusion
Helping millions of people learn how to use their digital devices is no small task. With every aspect of business, education, communication and entertainment going online, those who lack the skills or access are being left behind. Nonprofits and government agencies across the country grapple with this digital divide every day and alone they simply can’t meet the demand. At the same time, more corporations realize that their philanthropy and employees can make an impact in closing the digital divide. Navigated well, public-private partnerships can result in an array of positive outcomes: community members receive free digital skills training, nonprofits are better able to meet their mission, employees experience the rewards of helping their neighbor, and tech companies can promote that they are creating positive social change.
- Learn about two successful partnerships and their impact
- Learn and understand ways to approach local tech companies to address the digital divide in their community
- Hear best practices on utilizing corporate employees as digital inclusion volunteers
Target AudienceProgram staff and volunteer managers who are working with communities who lack access to the internet or training
Community Tech Network
Kami Griffiths is the executive director and co-founder of Community Tech Network, a nonprofit with the mission to transform lives through digital literacy. With over 15 years of experience working in the public sector, Kami has developed a passion for helping people gain access and better utilize technology, after witnessing firsthand how the digital divide and low literacy levels were aiding the cycle of poverty. She has worked for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, managing 27 public access computing centers, teaching computer classes and establishing their volunteer trainer program. As the Training and Outreach Manager for TechSoup Global, Kami greatly expanded her knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit technology field, having conducted over 200 interviews with librarians and producing over 100 webinars. She is a founding member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and speaks nationally about digital inclusion.
Executive Assistant & Austin Site Lead for Adobe Austin. Previous Action Committee lead for Austin office, involved in the planning and execution of all Adobe Austin volunteer events.
Bilingual Digital Literacy Program Manager
Community Tech Network
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jannell has personal, professional, and volunteer experience working with underserved communities of various ages. During her time at San Francisco State University, she studied Child and Adolescent Development and grew in her passion to meet the needs of both the youth and adult populations. At Community Tech Network, she helps put on programs to teach adults how to use a variety of technological devices. Even more so, she is excited to share her skills and knowledge to further support adult communities through digital literacy.