High Speed Boot Camp II Nov. 13-14 2013

07/03/2013 Wisconsin by j.smith

Test your knowledge: Homework. Jobs. Healthcare. Veteran’s benefits. Crop and soil monitoring.

What do all these things have in common?

Broadband. This high speed, always-on internet connection is no longer nice to have for communities, it’s must-have for businesses and residents.

What does this mean for you? It’s something that will affect every project you work on, every person or group you work with, and the way you do your work. Connection to the internet and successful technology adoption will determine whether your community succeeds today and in the future.

This is why we want you at our second annual High Speed Boot Camp.

You don’t have to be a “techie”—in fact, it’s better if you’re not. These boot camps are geared toward action: taking what you have in your community and your projects and integrating technology to make them stronger. This is why we ask communities to join forces, attending with at least one UW-Extension partner and at least one community partner  (for example, libraries, community foundations, United Way, local government representative, etc.).

 Examples of projects from our last boot camp come from Family Living (working with public libraries to help librarians get and learn technology their patrons use), CNRED agents (working with County Boards to help develop broadband options and plans), Wisconsin Public TV (Train the Trainer program to help teachers use online learning tools), and others throughout UWEX.

pest management CV 6.12This is a great opportunity for up to 10 counties or communities—and even better, there’s no cost. We’ll cover hotel and mileage for out-of-town guests.

Once you complete the boot camp, there are project grants available for community-based work ($1,000 stipend and $1,500 project funds for UW faculty and staff), and a staff ready to assist you.

Please join us Nov. 13-14 in the Wausau area for this hands-on, action-oriented workshop. We are inviting UW-Extension staff and asking you to please invite a partner—either from another part of UWEX or from the community—to learn more about connecting your communities to compete.

Register today Karn.Litsheim@uwex.edu

Or contact us with questions Jennifer Smith (j.smith@uwex.edu)


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