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The City of Philadelphia announced on January 13th, 2021 that it had established a new partnership that will lead development for Keyspot Innovation and Technology Centers (KIT Centers) and the Philadelphia Fund for Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, two community innovation-focused initiatives formed with technology partner Verizon. These new initiatives were created to enhance digital equity opportunities for families, residents, and entrepreneurs challenged by the digital divide.
KIT Centers will reimagine the use of the City’s traditional public computing centers, known as Keyspots. These centers throughout Philadelphia serve as inclusive and safe locations to provide residents with access to technology and the Internet, and offer higher connectivity speeds to allow for more innovative programming and activity. Verizon will also support the KIT Centers by refreshing their technology and providing updated devices.
The Philadelphia Fund for Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Philadelphia FLIE) will focus on creating a dynamic ecosystem across the city that advances collaborative opportunities and programming for under-represented minority entrepreneurs and innovators to secure funding, guidance or expertise for their ideas. This initiative complements the City’s existing Innovation Fund which is focused on departmental programs and efficiencies.
If you are involved in Keyspots, or have used them, please share about your experience here!
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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