The Gigabit City Summit 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. As digital infrastructure expands in our cities, and as basic tech literacy is increasingly necessary to participate in social, civic and economic life, it is imperative that our communities work to bridge the digital divide.

We have worked with our partners to ensures some key content is accessible to digital inclusion practitioners who may not be able to attend the whole conference. We are offering a stand-alone ticket to the Digital Inclusion Track for $65. We also encourage those interested and invested in this issue to join our other Digital Week activities:

Full Gigabit City Summit delegates get 20% off registration to the Net Inclusion Summit, email for a promo code.

You are also invited to our joint Digital Inclusion Happy Hour with NDIA from 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, May 17th, at Ruins Pub, 1715 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108. We'll provide some light snacks.


Track Chair: Carrie Coogan, Kansas City Public Library

8:30-9:15am: How Should Government Invest in Bridging the Digital Divide?

  • Anne Schwieger, City of Boston
  • Jim Loter, City of Seattle
  • Linda Jones, City of Raleigh

9:15-9:45am: Keynote: New Approaches to Bridging the Digital Divide

  • Colin Rhinesmith, Asst. Professor, Library & Information Science, University of Oklahoma

10:00-10:45am: Developing New Localized Capacity for Digital Inclusion

  • Michael Liimatta, ConnectHome (Kansas City/Washington, DC)
  • Leana Mayzlina, Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager, NTEN (Portland)
  • Elizabeth Lindsey, ByteBack (Washington, DC)

10:45-11:30am: Incorporating Digital Inclusion into Existing Social Services

  • Tom Esselman, CEO, Connecting for Good (Kansas City)
  • Kami Griffiths, Community Technology Network (San Francisco)
  • Bill Hulterstrom, United Way of Utah County (Provo)