KEYSPOT: Past and Present
Leaders from city agencies, community organizations and academic institutions came together seven years ago to launch an initiative that addressed the digital divide in Philadelphia. As technology made life more convenient for some in our city, others were being left behind. Unemployed adults were having trouble applying for jobs because they did not have an email address or know how to fill out an online application. Students were unable to finish their homework because they did not have a safe space to use a computer. KEYSPOT launched in Fall 2010 as a network committed to providing technology, training and access to all Philadelphians.
KEYSPOT launched through the Freedom Rings Partnership in September 2010, with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Partners included Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Office of Innovation and Technology, Drexel University and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a variety of community organizations.
Today, this public, private, and non-profit partnership supports a network of over 50 community-based public access technology centers in all neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Managing partners of KEYSPOT have identified six priority areas in its shared vision for the next three years:
Foster Innovative Programming
Build Capacity of our Organizations and Staff
Strengthen the KEYSPOT Network
Generate Awareness Among Targeted Audiences
Expand Our Reach
Use Data Efficiently