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Digital Equity Challenge

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Attend the Digital Equity Challenge Live Event

Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m.
Innovation Hub Haverhill
2 Merrimack St. 3rd Floor

Advancing Collaboration for a Fully Engaged Digital Community

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Across Essex County, one out of every five households lacks a basic computer. A similar number — 59,000 households, with around 160,000 people — live without fixed broadband. With the right mix of interventions, Essex County could level the playing field, ensuring digital access for all residents. (Source: ECCF, Striving for Digital Equity, 2020)

Working together, across our county and all sectors, we can launch projects that advance digital equity and improve the lives of our residents. 

We are seeking ideas and projects that expand access, tools and learning opportunities so all members of our community can fully participate in the digital world.  

Ideas could include a mobile app, a software, a service, a product, a new program, or other technology that leads to increased digital capacity for residents of Essex County. 

Gather your team and submit your project to our Digital Equity Challenge. Winning teams will receive prize money to launch their project and more!

Areas of need

  • Youth - Kids can flourish with additional digital resources, support and programs.        
  • Seniors – Ensure that our older residents benefit from online learning, stay connected and can access digital tools and telehealth.
  • Access - You can’t rely on email/web-based communication to reach a population that lacks access to digital tools.
  • Equipment – Do all residents of Essex County have the digital equipment they need to be successful (including phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, etc)?
  • Privacy and Security – How can we make sure our information is safe and our data is secure?
  • Literacy, Training and Learning – Education, programs and skills training to level the digital playing field among all ages and abilities. Ensure that our workforce has the skills to apply for and earn jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Digital Equity Challenge is presented by

Innovation Hub logo
Essex County Community Foundation logo
Presenting Sponsor
UML Rist DifferenceMaker Institute logo
Pentucket Bank Logo
Supporting Sponsor
EforAll Lowell logo