When Superstorm Sandy hit
The proposed networks will provide Wi-Fi Internet access, offer workforce development and digital skills training opportunities for local residents, and make vulnerable communities more resilient to disasters like Superstorm Sandy.
The small businesses partners will host Commotion (http://commotionwireless.net/) routers to seed neighborhood wireless networks. With support from OTI, the community-based organizations will each host a "Digital Stewards" (http://oti.newamerica.net/blogposts/2014/digital_stewardship_and_your_community-108401) training program for community residents to install the routers and maintain the network as it grows. OTI is asking interested partners to complete a survey to determine their eligibility for the project.
OTI's proposal builds on a successful partnership between OTI and the
"Mesh networking combined with our Digital Stewards program builds the social and digital connections that communities need to survive and recover from natural disasters," said
OTI plans to train up to a hundred city residents to install and maintain the networks. In the event of a disaster, these residents will help their neighbors coordinate with each other, correspond with loved ones, and share critical information with first responders and volunteers. In the case of
"The experience in
RISE:NYC is focused on small businesses that were directly impacted by Sandy. OTI will scale the proposal based on the number and suitability of small businesses and other community partners that sign up to participate before the end of June. OTI is particularly seeking small businesses that are clustered together in neighborhoods that face persistent challenges in overcoming the digital divide. Interested businesses can sign up by completing an online survey.( https://docs.google.com/a/opentechinstitute.org/forms/d/1JUhoeA8xwOPfd6eCji5r1s8zO48u9IDEYvRP-XquE-c/viewform)
Community-based organizations that want to house a Digital Stewards training program for their community should complete a separate survey (https://docs.google.com/a/opentechinstitute.org/forms/d/10YvYTw-YDaVkn1wK4i8LcGJfipuc2HPd0BtDz-WPgDU/edit)
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