Can these 8 projects help squash Philly's digital divide? - Technical.ly Philly

Access

Jun. 12, 2017 12:51 pm

Can these 8 projects help squash Philly’s digital divide?

The first official move from the Digital Literacy Alliance is giving these nonprofits $167,010 in grant funding.
At a PhillyCAM event during Philly Tech Week 2017 presented by Comcast. The org snatched $15,000 in grant money.

At a PhillyCAM event during Philly Tech Week 2017 presented by Comcast. The org snatched $15,000 in grant money.

(Photo by Roberto Torres)

Can money be the much-needed catalyst to help Philadelphians outside the digital space have greater access to technology?

The first move from the Digital Literacy Alliance — a newly formed 19-organization collective backed by the Mayor’s Fund — seems to think it’s a good place to start: the initiative just gave $167,010 in grant money to eight nonprofits for projects in the digital literacy space.

From workshops to spot fake news (Mighty Writers’ winning proposal) to tablet training sessions for senior citizens (by nonprofit Generations Online), the first round of projects looks promising. Also of note is PhillyCAM’s “intergenerational, hands-on fellowships in media literacy.”

Our sister site Generocity has the scoop.

Read the full story

“These grants allow the City to build on existing digital literacy initiatives, such as KEYSPOT, by giving organizations further opportunities to develop creative programs in their neighborhoods,” Andrew Buss, innovation director for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation & Technology, said in a statement. “We have a nice mix of organizations and ideas in our first granting cycle.”

Advertisement

The telling word from Buss’ statement is “cycle” — the Alliance’s push to back a series of projects in Philly is where the most potential for long-term impact lies. As these projects start to take shape, check back for our report on how these resources are put to use.

People: Andrew Buss
-30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

Comcast expands its Internet Essentials program for people with disabilities

Digital Literacy Alliance snags $500K to support immigrant-serving orgs and previous grantees

7 organizations offering digital literacy resources in Philadelphia

SPONSORED

Philly

7 biz resources we learned about at Super Meetup Philly 2019

Chesterrbrook, PA

Deacom

Software Quality Analyst

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Inspire

Manager, People Operations

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA - Center City

Odessa

Sr. Project Manager

Apply Now

Philly’s Digital Literacy Alliance has $175K to back innovative projects

How those WiFi kiosks can help bridge Philly’s digital divide

City Hall is helping XPRIZE deploy a field test for its adult literacy competition

SPONSORED

Philly

Paid family leave adds to the perks at Chariot Solutions

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Sr. Software Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Front End Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia, Pa

Inspire

Event Sales Ambassador

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!