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Connect to Disconnect at #TBT 3.0!

Dear Friends,

We at Digi-Bridge are excited to announce our third annual #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) event on Thursday, November 2nd from 6-8 p.m. with the theme of “Connect to Disconnect” in an effort to raise awareness about the digital divide. The event will take place at Queen Park Social in South End.

It’s estimated that one third of Charlotte-Mecklenburg scholars do not have access to an internet-connected device at home. This reality requires all of us to consider how we might engage to support their future, because as a community, their future is ours.

We’ll enjoy beverages and light bites in a hip setting straight out of the 1980’s – the era that brought the Internet to life. Digi-Bridge encourages guests to dress for the decade, take part in some good ol’ fashioned conversation and networking, and experience what it’s like to be without access by tendering phones at the door. Don’t worry, you’ll get them back in time for a very special announcement at 7pm!

Tickets are limited so get yours now at http://bit.ly/digibridgetbt3.

Please contact Zach McRae (zach@digi-bridge.org) with any questions and follow us on social media for updates at @digibridgeus.

See you at #TBT!

DJ

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Look what YOU did!

Friends of Digi-Bridge,

At our summer board meeting, I said “let’s raise $10,000 during our End of Year Giving Campaign,” and the room went silent.

This weekend, while snowed in, I sat in front of an Excel spreadsheet, entered the last few check amounts and I started belting out Notorious B.I.G. lyrics (not suitable for mom or dad). The room was still silent, though this time my dogs were looking at me like I had completely lost it.

YOU showed up in November and December–committing your time, talent and treasure to our organization. YOU helped us to raise $10,820 in just six short weeks. Some of you served as social media influencers, others donated time stuffing envelopes and many of you shared your personal treasure in support of our efforts to #bridgethedivide.

2016 was a remarkable year for Digi-Bridge:

  • In March, Digi-Bridge was named a Playing for Others honoree for 2016-17.
  • In April, Digi-Bridge took the SEED20 stage.
  • In June, we co-hosted #iMakeCLT at C3 Lab, inspired by a placemaking microgrant from Historic South End and powered by UTC Aerospace.
  • In August, we held our first Daddy Daughter Code-In (#DDCodeIn) at Google Fiber.
  • In September, Digi-Bridge received the largest grant ever gifted by the OrthoCarolina Foundation.
  • Also in September, Digi-Bridge was honored by the White House Office of Science and Technology for our commitment to Computer Science for All (#CSforAll).
  • In October, I took the TEDxCharlotte stage sharing an idea for the 21st century learner.
  • In November, we became a Social Venture Partners investee and received gifts from Reemprise Fund and Knight Foundation.

2017 is here and I find myself silent quite frequently. My family and Digi-Bridge staff have all noted this marked change. I’m taking the time to celebrate progress and reflect on the road ahead. We’ve got work to do, but together, I’m absolutely certain we will get it done. Look what YOU did in just a few weeks.

Enjoy the silence, it won’t last for long. It’s about time for us to accelerate these efforts on behalf of our future scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians. 

Much love and gratitude,

DJ

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#STEAMSaturdays Return to C3 Lab

Dear friends,

#STEAMSaturdays are back at C3 Lab!  Join for a fun morning of exploration and innovation!  Your K-8 scholar will be introduced to a variety of object-oriented computer programming (coding) languages.  The personalized learning platform allows individuals to move at their own pace, making this course valuable for learners of all levels.

Classes are from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and the fee is $50/course. Registration for all five courses is $225 (save $25).

Course dates: Saturdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 & 22

“This is perfect opportunity to unlock the inner scientist/engineer in every child,” says Torie Leslie, STEAM Community Catalyst.

For more information or for questions, please contact torie@digi-bridge.org.

To register, click here.

In education,

DJ

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We Made It!

Dear friends,

The dust has settled and I’m happy to report the first iMakeCLT was a tremendous success!

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Over 800 of our neighbors walked through the doors of C3 Lab during the Saturday event.

iMakeCLT, through the tremendous collaboration of makers throughout Charlotte, provided a temporary space for neighbors to meet and children 0-99 to make, break and fix together. Our hope is that the event inspired many future innovators.

This inaugural event was inspired by a placemaking microgrant from Historic South End and powered by UTC Aerospace Systems.

Partners included the amazing folks of C3 Lab, April Marten studios and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Idea Box. Additional support came from 3D Systems, Charlotte Community Toolbank and Lowe’s.

Thank you to our dedicated, amazing volunteers. Without you this amazing community event would not have been possible.

And a big thanks to all our makers!

Additional good news – we raised $491 in support of our #activatesummer campaign. (There’s still time to give. Click here to support.)

The future of #making is bright in Charlotte!

Cheers,

DJ