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New Orleans Digital Equity Challenge: Promoting Digital Pathways to Opportunity

The City of New Orleans has launched an open call for ideas on how to connect its most vulnerable residents to economic, social, and cultural opportunities through technology.

The Challenge

The City of New Orleans seeks to connect its most vulnerable residents to economic, social, and cultural opportunities using technology. The City would like to increase technology use by low-income people, members of historically disadvantaged racial or ethnic minorities, residents living with a physical or mental disability, children, and the elderly.

Therefore, the City’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability and the Department of Information Technology and Innovation seek creative solutions that harnesses the City’s diverse culture, communities, and shared experiences to introduce the target populations to technology in a non-threatening manner.

The Opportunity 

The Challenge is a Request for Information (RFI) to help the City learn about the possible ideas and solutions available. The City will consider procuring and implementing a best-fit solution it identifies from the RFI.

Who Can Participate? 

Anyone can submit a Response to the Challenge. The City welcomes ideas from persons, companies, non-profits, philanthropies, or other entities working locally or internationally. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM CST. There are two Pre-Submittal Briefing Webinar (for you to learn more about the Challenge and to ask questions) scheduled on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10 AM CST and Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10 AM CST.  To apply, please follow the instructions available at: www.nola.gov/resilience/digitalequity.