APPLY | Digital Stewards to deploy wireless mesh technology in Detroit

The Digital Stewards 2014 training program will focus on wireless mesh technology. Wireless mesh networks are local "intranets" that allow neighbors to share Internet connections and develop applications to support community problem-solving. Through this program, you will assess your community’s technology needs and then learn how to facilitate the design, construction, and maintenance of a wireless mesh network in your neighborhood.

Communication is a fundamental human right. The Digital Stewards program envisions a future where all people have equal access to the skills, tools and infrastructure they need to exercise that right. Towards that end, we are growing community-rooted technologists who will facilitate the design and implementation of communication technologies in their neighborhoods. These Digital Stewards are committed to using technology to strengthen human connections to each other and the planet and to foster healthy communities.

Digital Stewards will meet every Thursday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm from February 6 to June 12, 2014. All trainings will take place at the Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third Street.

The curriculum consists of four parts:

  • Demystifying computer hardware, mesh technologies, and the Internet.
  • Community technology and community organizing
  • Network engineering and installing
  • Participating in the Allied Media Conference

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people with skills in community organizing, construction, and/or technology development. It is not necessary to have skills in all three of these areas, although you must have a basic level of comfort and familiarity with computers. It is important that all Digital Stewards understand and are aligned with the Detroit Digital Justice principles. We welcome people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds to apply. We especially encourage people of color, women, girls and gender non-conforming people to apply.

NOTE: Some sessions of Digital Stewards will take place on rooftops. If you are afraid of heights, these sessions may pose a challenge for you. We will do our best to support your full participation in these sessions.

How much does it cost?
The Digital Stewards program is free to Detroit community members. However, we are currently seeking organizational sponsors to help off-set the costs of the program. If you belong to a community organization, church, or small business who would be interested in contributing $200 - $500 to support this training, please have them contact or call (313) 718-2267.

What is expected of me if I am accepted into this program?
You will be expected to attend and participate fully in all scheduled classes and to notify the instructors if you will be absent. Upon completion of the Digital Stewards you will be expected to continue facilitating the usage, governance and maintenance of your mesh network.

How do I apply?
Click here to apply to the program. If you would prefer to fill out this application verbally, call (313)-718-2267 to schedule an appointment. Applications are due Sunday, December 15. We will select and notify participants by December 20.

The Digital Stewards program co-founded by Allied Media Projects, the Open Technology Institute, and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. The 2014 Digital Stewards program in Detroit is hosted in partnership with Boggs Center and Riverside East Congregational Initiative.

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