Please Join Connect 313 for its third annual Digital Inclusion Week Celebration

Connect 313 is a citywide, data-driven digital inclusion strategy that brings countless organizations together with the bold goal to ensure that all Detroiters can access the digital world and the opportunity it brings while making Detroit a national model for digital inclusion.
Digital Inclusion week aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, technology, new innovation, training and support platforms for Detroit citizens and small businesses. 

This year’s events will include:

        • Conversations with Policy & Advocacy leaders

        • Educational and Experimental demonstrations for students and seniors

        • Small Business & Influencer Tools and Platforms Exhibition

        • The Academia Digital Inclusion Perspective



Thank You 2021 Sponsors

Schedule of Events

Monday October 4th

Day One: Policy & Leadership

Location: Techtown I2C Building

Stream the event: Zoom




11:00 AM

Opening Remarks


11:15 AM – 12PM

Fireside Chat #1: National Digital Inclusion: Insights from the Field; How Detroit Measures Up

Francella Ochillo, Executive Director Next Century Cities

12:15 – 1PM

Forum: Data in Action

Warren Flood, Grant Strategy & Partnership Manager Microsoft Philanthropies

Noah Urban, Co-Executive Director, Data Driven Detroit

1:15 – 2PM

Premiere Screening: Detroit is LimitlessRobin Schwartz, Producer

2:15 – 3PM

Forum: The Future of Healthcare

Courtney Stevens, Director of Telehealth, Henry Ford Health System


3:15 – 4PM

Forum: E-Waste Policy: New Frontier

Art Thompson, Chief Information Officer, City of Detroit

James Jack, Chief Innovation Officer, human-i-t

Matthew Naud, Associate Senior Consultant, RSS 


Award Reception


Tuesday October 5th

Day Two: Keeping Your Business Connected

Location: Marygrove Conservancy

Stream the event: Zoom





Kick off – Detroit Means Business 

Lily Hamburger, Senior Director Detroit Means Business

10:15 – 11AM

Roundtable: The other BIG Three and how they are working with small businesses

Facilitator: Paul Jones, Network Director of New Economy Initiative and Invest Detroit

Clawanna Etherly, Amazon Black Accelerator Program

Katrina Turnbow, Google

11:15 – 12:15PM

Lunch & Learn – CRM 

Joe Orfini, Salesforce


Social Media Marketing

Ashley M. Williams, CEO of RIZZARR


Getting Your Business Online

Hajj Flemings, CEO & Founder Rebrand Cities


Cloud Services and Analytics

Katrina Turnbow, Google Digital Coach, Google

Robert Turner, Microsoft


Financial & Legal Services

Jeremy Lewis, Accounting Aid Academy

Wendy Richard, Miller Canfield Law Firm


Productivity & Project Management

Cynthia Respert, Chief Operating Officer, Rebrand Cities


Detroit New Apprenticeship Network



Networking Reception


Wednesday October 6th

Day Three: Connected Community Day

Location: Marygrove Conservancy

Stream the event: Zoom






Kick Off – Opportunity Lives Online: Cultivating Community Adoption of Technology

Craig D’Agostini, Vice President External Affairs, Heartland Region, Comcast

10:15 – 11AM

Roundtable pt 1: Fireside chats/conversations with residents + community leaders on the importance of bridging the digital divide

Facilitator: Jillian Blackwell, Sr Business Development Manager, Amazon

Noad Coad, Senior IoT Customer Delivery Architect, AWS Professional Services

Gabriel Doss, Senior Program Manager, Google

11:15 – 12PM

Roundtable pt 2: Major nonprofit’s discuss how the digital divide manifests in everyday life, how community organizations help drive adoption. 

Facilitator: Joshua Edmonds, Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit

Cindy Eggleton, CEO Brilliant Detroit

Spencer Lucker, Engagement Strategy Manager, Detroit At Work

12:15 – 1PM

Lunch and Learn

human-i-t Device Distribution for Pre-selected Community Partners

1:15 -2PM

Design Thinking Workshop Community Sourced Solutions for the Digital Divide

Shelly Danner

2:15 – 3PM

Finances: Online Banking and Investment Opportunities for Community

Latrice Vinson, Community President, Huntington Bank

3:15 -4PM

Work/Skilling: Untraditional Upskilling tool adoption

Erica Payton, NPower

Raven Scott, Detroit At Work

Tara Kelber, Detroit Site Administrative Business Partner, Google

Focus: HOPE

4:15 -5PM

Entertainment/Gaming How to Access Soundcloud

Matt Williams, Regional Manager, TEALS Program

5:15 – 6PM

Cyber Security: Staying Safe Online

Terrance Campbell

Thursday October 7th

Day Four: Connected Youth Tech and Innovation Day 

Location: Virtual (Closed Event)





 The Connected Kid/Youth Exploration one-day virtual event for elementary-high school will feature: live experiences and hands-on activities. power panels, award presentations (youth awardee/youth service org), resource rooms, live DJ, prizes (includes computers), swag, and more. Students were pre-selected to participate.Presenters and panelists will include professionals from Microsoft, Amazon and Google.
7:30-10PMCity of Design Challenge Outdoor Cinema Showcase

Partner Event @ The Congregation

9321 Rosa Parks Boulevard Detroit, MI 48206

Special Thanks to....

Partners: City of Detroit, Rocket Community Fund, Microsoft, United Way, human-i-t

DIW Facilitated by:  Connect313 Policy, Advocacy and Ecosystem Committee