Washington D.C.
October 16th, 9am EDT

This live event is over, and on-demand videos of individual presentations will be available soon.

Meanwhile, check out the IEEE Internet Initiative's channel on IEEE.tv.

Or visit the Internet Initiative website for more information on their mission and goals. 

IEEE Internet Initiative will host its fourth Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions meeting in Washington, D.C., on 16 October at the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center. At this full-day meeting, seven working groups will collaborate to progress their work, share information, report on new developments, and work toward collective action for advancing solutions for internet inclusion that is affordable, meaningful and sustainable. 

Working Groups include: 

•       Community Networks (Lead: Roger Baig Vinas, Guifi.net)

•       Connectivity and Energy (Lead: Nilmini Rubin, Tetra Tech)

•       Digital Gender Divide (Lead: Gary Fowlie, ITU)

•       Digital Literacy (Leads: Melissa Sassi, Microsoft, and Stephen Wyber, IFLA)

•       Evidence-Based Research (Lead: Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania)

•       New Models for Financing Connectivity (Lead: John Garrity, USAID)

•       Public Access (Lead: Don Means, Digital Village and P4PA)


Program Overview:

Detailed agenda and speaker bios

Start Time

End Time


8:00 am

8:45 am

Breakfast and check-in

9:00 am

9:05 am

* Welcoming remarks

9:10 am

10:10 am

* Advancing solutions for Digital Inclusion Roundtable

At this Roundtable, prominent leaders will discuss the concept of a digital inclusion strategy and dive into questions.

10:15 am

10:45 am

* Are Investments in the ICT Sector a Priority for Multilateral Development Banks? Findings from the Working Group on Multilateral Development Banks (WG-MDBs) Research Project

The WG-MDBs Investment Strategies in the ICT Sector, lead by the Alliance for Affordable Internet and the Web Foundation, will share the findings and initial recommendations of a new research project. 

10:45 am

11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am

12:00 pm

* Profile Project Roundtable

Leaders of real-world impact initiatives and projects for meaningful internet inclusion will share their first-hand experiences of what is working and what is still needed for impactful and sustainable internet inclusion--and how to fill the gaps identified.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm


1:15 pm

2:45 pm

Working Groups: Session One 

2:45 pm

3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:00 pm

4:30 pm

Working Groups: Session Two

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

* Working Group Report Outs and Closing Remarks

5:00 pm

5:45 pm

Working Group Leads Sync Up 

6:00 pm

8:00 pm

Networking Social Reception: Westin Georgetown


* Sessions will be livestreamed on IEEE.tv.

For more information visit the event page