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Civic Engagement

South Florida Technology Learning Centers

The South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) has launched a comprehensive “digital empowerment” initiative called the South Florida Technology Learning Center project (TLC). The goal of TLC is to better prepare our community to participate and compete in the new digital society and digital economy by helping our residents become more adept at using new technologies. The TLC program provides access to technology, training,... more »
Who are you?

The SFDA is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to expand digital literacy and provide connectivity to all citizens regardless of income level, throughout S Florida. We believe digital literacy is the single most critical educational tool for the future..

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

In our global society the development of technology skills has become a necessity for individuals seeking to excel in education, communications and economic activities. People who lack computer skills and have limited educational opportunities will only have marginal employment prospects. This fundamental economic problem has challenged SFDA to use technology to disrupt the dynamics of poverty and enhance the quality of life for residents of our region.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Civil Engagement - Volunteerism - our program seeks to obtain volunteers to paint the picture of the importance of technology is increasing educational, social and economic opportunities for our residents. Additionally, our project provides a platform that enables other non-profit organizations to effectively and efficiently deliver their message to residents.
Economy - our project looks to increase technology skillsets of residents and thereby their employment prospects.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Currently we have 11 Technology Learning Centers in Miami-Dade County Parks providing 108 computers and internet access for use by the general public. Platform has been used by community programs such as enrollment in the Affordable Care Act in 2014/2015. The platform will also host educational opportunities for youth and adults on various technology related topics. The TLCs will be utilized to host multiple "Hour of Code" events in December 2014 that will teach youth computer coding basics.

Organization Name (or individuals name) South Florida Digital Alliance

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Economy

eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas is a not-for-profit initiative developed by the Technology Foundation of the Americas (TFA) that serves as a catalyst for establishing Miami as a technology hub. This large-scale technology conference is the defining moment for tapping into the diverse potential of local entrepreneurs and helping to transform our community’s economy. Our mission is to help advance Miami’s technology ecosystem through... more »
Who are you?

Launched by Technology Foundation of the Americas, eMerge Americas is a large-scale technology conference which showcases entrepreneurial innovation and trends through 6 industrial summits that will catalyze our community’s technology corridor.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

eMerge Americas will impact our community’s economy by helping to connect entrepreneurs with established professionals in diverse industries: information technology, education, finance, health, government, and media/entertainment. This annual event will contribute to the creation of a world-class technology hub that helps entrepreneurs connect with industry professionals to develop their business ideas and create jobs that will drive our local economy.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our project targets the two economic data points identified by The Our Miami Report:
Miami’s employment growth rate rose from 2.5% (2013) to 3.0% (2014) exceeding the national increase of 1.9%. However, according to Forbes, Miami is only ranked #58 in job growth. eMerge seeks to help Miami break the top #50 ranking by using emerging technologies to: 1) create a path for entrepreneurs to develop new business & 2) accelerate the number of innovative job opportunities available to the community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

eMerge Americas is transforming Miami’s economic landscape by engaging entrepreneurs of all ages. Our Startup Showcase allows start-ups and late-stage companies to compete in a 2-day challenge, while our STEM-focused activities provide K-16 students with opportunities to see their ideas come to life! Our inaugural conference attracted over 3,000 students and 6,000 attendees from 400 companies. We anticipate that our next event will attract 5,000 students and 10,000 attendees from 500 companies.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Technology Foundation of the Americas

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Economy

Ignition Accelerator for Nonprofits and Social Ventures

The Ignition Accelerator provides early-stage development for innovative ideas with social impact. The program is for non-profits and individuals to help develop viable and sustainable social programs.

Our curriculum is based on developing successful non-profit and social ventures. We apply entrepreneurial principles to social impact projects by focusing on (1) rapid access to funding, (2) intensive educational programming... more »
Who are you?

Ignition Fund supports brilliant ideas and innovation in
the fight against sex trafficking and violence against children. Ignition Accelerator use the techniques proven to develop effective programs in this field to support social ventures broadly.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Miami has a vibrant non-profit ecosystem with major players who draw national attention for innovation. There is remarkable coordination among these institutions for tackling long-established problems.

Our world is changing rapidly and those with the least are impacted disproportionately. But the established organizations are not best suited to address needs that arise quickly. Their large size, long funding cycles, and complex procedures make rapid change difficult for leading non-profits.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Ignition Accelerator will clearly spur economic growth. It will also bolster civic engagement and raise volunteer and charitable participation through new avenues to participate for all.

The impacts are multiplied across each of the eight targeted segments as each graduating class will support multiple social venture organizations. There will be particular emphasis on health and safety, arts and culture, and education while creating economic and social benefit through effective programs.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Ignition Fund supports programs, organizations, & individuals with innovative responses to social problems. CoFounder Sandy Skelaney, has built organizations from the ground up and successfully consults social venture organizations to create processes & procedures, obtain funding, and train organizations to deliver upon their social purpose. CoFounder Morgan Ware oversees foundations who fund social ventures and brings that skill to clients and the many non-profit boards she sits on.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Ignition Fund

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