Byte Back provides a pathway of inclusive tech training that leads to living-wage careers. At Byte Back, people of color, women, and others who have been left out of the modern digital world find new opportunities. With accessible, inclusive tech training, graduates gain the skills and certifications needed to launch meaningful living-wage careers.
Our mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income latinos and other underserved communities by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. LEDC provides a computer lab available to the community.
Swaliga Foundation has started an initiative to provide mobile maker spaces in different areas around DC. Swaliga intends to provide free internet access at these locations. Washington, D.C. Wards 7 & 8 were home to the first pilot of Swaliga’s signature #STEAMtheBlock technology based educational initiative. Of the youth who frequent this program, 90% come from a single parent household and 90% are on free or reduced lunches.
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District works to enhance the 44-square-block downtown neighborhood stretching from Dupont Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue. The primary focus of the BID is to provide a clean, safe, and vibrant environment within the Golden Triangle and to retain and attract businesses, including the growing tech industry. The BID has also been working with GW University, property owners, and city stakeholders on developing an Innovation District in the neighborhood.
United Planning Organization’s (UPO) mission is to Unite People with Opportunities by providing impactful programs to assist District residents in achieving self-sufficiency. UPO provides more than 20 human service programs in the following sectors including housing, early education, adult vocational training, community development, substance use/abuse treatment, and youth academic enrichment, among others.
US Ignite is accelerating the smart city movement – and creating value for an entire ecosystem – by guiding communities into the connected future, creating a path for private sector growth, and advancing technology research that’s at the heart of smart city development.
The WTA provides free and low-cost computers and software, with over 95% going to low-income DC residents. About 50% of these computers are provided for free, supported by donations from generous individuals and foundations wanting to bridge the digital divide. The rest are provided for a low cost recovery fee making laptops affordable for the disadvantaged.