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Recent News // Connect Michigan Hosted the Third-Annual Michigan Broadband Conference Tuesday

Friday, October 23, 2015

The conference featured technology best practices and broadband efforts as well as awards recognizing communities offering innovative  projects and services

Lansing, MI – Today, Connect Michigan hosted the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. This conference convened nationally recognized broadband and technology experts to discuss best practices and insights into leveraging technology for improved community and economic development, education, digital literacy, and workforce development.

“The 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference assembles technology problem solvers with the common goals to improve broadband availability across Michigan, increase adoption of broadband-related technologies, and create meaningful uses across all populations,” said Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connect Michigan and Connected Nation’s Vice President, Community Affairs. “Rarely do Michigan stakeholders have the opportunity, outside of the annual conference, to share proven technology projects and ideas that will improves the lives of Michiganders.”

Keynote speakers for the conference were Jay Elliot, a former technology executive at Apple and best-selling author of The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation, and Matthew DelNero, Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Between keynote speakers, attendees participated in sessions of panel discussions and presentations, each focusing on integral parts of broadband improvement.

Also at the conference, Connect Michigan presented the 2015 Connected Project Awards, sponsored by ACD.  The awards recognize community organizations and partnerships implementing unique and creative projects designed to improve the adoption and use of broadband and associated technologies in communities across Michigan. Conference participants had the opportunity to hear from all award finalists about their projects and vote on their favorites. 

This year, Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce was recognized as the 2015 Connected Project Award winner for the Keweenaw Peninsula App. Developed by the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Keweenaw Peninsula App is a mobile tourism app that features everything there is to do in Keweenaw. From hiking trails to restaurants and lodging, waterfalls, shopping, and events, you can get turn-by-turn directions, one-touch dialing, and an events calendar; you can also share listings on your favorite social network. The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote the app and showcase the tourism opportunity across Keweenaw.

The 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference was sponsored by Frontier Communications, AARP, ACD, Comlink, Courtland Consulting, Library of Michigan, LYNX Network Group, Peninsula Fiber Network, Spectrum Business, Michigan Internet & Telecommunications Alliance, US Signal, Michigan Farm Bureau, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Century Link, Clark Hill Professional and Legal Services, Nationwide Regulatory Compliance, Cambium Networks, Agri-Valley Services, 123.net, and Comcast Business. 

Download the full press release.