International Development

Digital Equity Accelerator Application Information Session

January 17, 2023  • Aspen Digital

Globally, nearly three billion people remain offline. Despite increased innovation and expanded connectivity, gaps in digital access are growing between wealthier, more connected, groups and lower income, often marginalized, communities.

A multi-year effort led by Aspen Digital and powered by HP Inc., the Digital Equity Accelerator invests in not-for-profit organizations and NGOs actively addressing social and economic injustice in their communities resulting from unequal technology access and usage. Organizations from Malaysia, Mexico, and South Africa are invited to apply to the 2023 Accelerator cohort now through 23 January. 

On 17 January, Aspen Digital hosted two information sessions to support potential applicants. These sessions:

  • Showcased what participants in the Accelerator will receive and how they benefit
  • Allowed organizations to ask questions about eligibility and the application process
  • Provided the opportunity to hear about the 2022 cohort

The benefits of participating in the 2023 cohort include: a $100,000 USD capacity-building grant; another $100,000 USD worth of technology solutions provided by HP; and access to a robust network of international leaders, mentors, and coaches with expertise in technology, social innovation, non-profit management, and social impact. Additionally, the Accelerator will provide the cohort with opportunities for visibility on a global stage, including connections to local and international media.

We were joined by:

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Poesy Chen, Innovation Director, Mobile Pathways

Poesy is a seasoned innovator with over 20 years of experience digitally transforming companies of all sizes. From nonprofits to international brands, she succeeds at leading complex projects and designing flexible solutions. She currently specializes in Salesforce and mobile messaging solutions.

   

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Jordan Carr, Director of Technology Education & Oasis Everywhere, Oasis

Jordan Carr is the Director of Technology Education and Oasis Everywhere. Jordan joined Oasis in 2015 as analyst intern, then transitioned to a new role as Oasis Everywhere Virtual Learning Manager to help launch Oasis’ virtual program during the early stages of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Jordan took on his latest role as a director of technology and virtual learning in summer of 2022 and is eager to grow both programs using his knowledge of and experience in business management, finance, and data analysis. Jordan has a BS and MBA in Finance from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Prior work experience includes asset management for a wealth planning firm and sales management as a diamond wholesaler working with jewelers across the country. Outside of work Jordan enjoys being outdoors, cycling, fishing and spending time with his family.