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Northside Digital Innovation Alliance


The Occasion:

The City of Mpls 2013 Community Technology Survey indicated the following:

  • Looking at the distribution of high-level users across communities, Calhoun Isles, Southwest and University had the most high-level users, while Near North, Phillips, Camden and Central had the most non-users.

  • Only 65% of Black/African American respondents have a computer with Internet at home, compared to 90% of whites.

  • Among the respondents with children in their household who reported their race on the survey, whites are far more likely to have access at home (95%) compared to people of color (73%).

We must address what this disparity in our community.  The Northside Digital Innovation Forum seeks to delve deeper to focus on what  is happening in this space


  •  Will work to advocate digital empowerment & digital job opportunities 

  •  Promote Digital Empowerment in our community where we are producers of our own content, advocating our own agenda.

  •  Identify, prioritize and create community-based opportunities for digital literacy, digital advocacy, digital creation and digital invention.

  •  Create real and virtual spaces where organizations can publicize their digital enrichment programs and seek partnerships for future programing

Mission Statement:

To improve lives in North Minneapolis through digital empowerment by fostering a digitally active community where members of all ages engage with technology at all levels from literacy to invention. 


The NDIA will facilitate  a vibrant digital community in  North Minneapolis by:

  • Establishing and maintaining an accurate, responsive community digital asset website/mechanism

  • Expanding access to computers by creating a NDIA Physical Hub

  • Creating sustainable, scalable   youth and community programming

Member Organizations:

Digital Empowerment Academy: Lanise Block- Convener

  • City of Minneapolis: Elise Ebhardt, Adja Gildersleve

  • UROC: Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Wokie Freeman

  • Code Savvy: Rebecca Schatz

  • Emerge: Rachel Simmons

  • CURA-Tech: Kristen Murray

  • MN Work Force Center: Shym Cook

  • MN Computers for Schools: Tamara Gillard, Katherine Medd

  • Minneapolis Public Libaries: Mary Anderson

  • Open Twin Cities: Ben Rosas, David Radcliffe, Bill Bushey

  • Twin Cities Media Alliance: Jeremy Iggers

  • Digital Empowerment Academy: Shakira Onwauchi

  • Members at Large: Marie Gotschalk, Pa Na Lor, Fredrick Blocton













 NDIA Hackaton,

Saturday, December 13th 9:00-3:00


2100 Plymouth Ave North 

Free  and Open to the Public

Register Here

Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, December  8th 5:30-7:30 Heritage Park Community Center (1000 Olson Memorial Highway)

  • Monday, November 17th 5:30-7:30 @ Heritage Park Community Center (1000 Olson Memorial Highway)

  • Monday, October 13th 5:30-7:30 @  DEA Headquarters  (1718 Washington Ave North)

  • Monday, September 22nd 5:30-7:00 @ North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave North)

  • Monday, September  8th 5:00-6:30 @Heritage Park Community Center (1000 Olson Memorial Highway)

  • Monday, August 25th 5:30-7:00 @ Fowell Park (1615 Dowling Ave North)

  • Monday, August 11th 5:30-7:00 pm@ DEA Headquarters  (1718 Washington Ave North)

  • Monday, July 28th  5:30pm - 7:00pm @ Emerge (1101 West Broadway)

  • Monday, July 14th  5:30pm - 7:00pm @  Workforce Center (1200 Plymouth Ave)

  • Monday, June 23rd  5:30pm - 7:00pm @ UROC Center (2100 Plymouth Ave)








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