Bridge the digital divide
CityJam Charlotte: our first American project! And we are secretly pretty proud of that! The city of Charlotte (NC) -like many other cities in the US- is struggling with poor internet connection. Because of that, half of the schoolchildren don’t have access to the internet at home. Many elderly struggle with this too. In other words, a large part of the population doesn’t profit from the opportunities the digital highway provides. It was our job to come up with solutions for this!
Are there ways to provide American children with the information they need for school, even if they don’t have internet access at home?
Together with Queens University and inhabitants and businesses from Charlotte, we organized a hackathon by the name of ‘CityJam’. This is a brainstorm that lasts 48 hours. It provided us with four specific ideas. Ideas, for instance, about ways to provide information without the use of the internet. Or ideas about the way internet and digital devices can be made more accessible for the elderly. The goal is to combine the powers of the community in Charlotte, so they can accomplish these solutions together.
At the moment, our client in Charlotte is working hard to put these solutions into practice!