Thursday April 24, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
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Secretary of State's Office Auditorium 
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Bill Maile 
TechWire, a division of e.Republic, Inc. 

California Digital Access Summit 

An event focused on digital literacy, broadband access and closing the digital divide in California.

Presented by TechWire, the LINK AMERICAS Foundation, and the
California Emerging Technology Fund

Co-sponsored by

The California Department of Technology

8:30 am

Opening Remarks – Carlos Ramos, Director and State Chief Information Officer, California Department of Technology

8:45 am

Keynote Speaker – Broadband – Anne Neville - Director, State Broadband Initiative, National Telecommunications & Information Administration 

9:00 – 10:00 am

Panel – Broadband Deployment and Economic Viability

Moderator: Barbara O’Connor, Board Member, California Emerging Technology Fund


  • Barry Fraser, General Manager, Bay Area Interoperable Regional Communications Systems Authority
  • Robert Tse, Ph.D., Rural Development, Community Planning and Development Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jarrid Keller, State Library, Chief Information Officer
  • Trish Kelly, Principal, Applied Development Economics, Inc.

10 – 10:15 am Break

10:15 – 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker – Elaine Carpenter – Vice President of Business Development, ZeroDivide

10:30 – 11:30 am

Panel Digital Literacy – Skills for Workforce and Health

Moderator: Christina Gagnier, CEO TRAIL, Inc.


  • Brenda Kempster, CEO, LINK AMERICAS Foundation
  • Thomas Adams, Ph.D., Director, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, California Department of Education and Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission
  • Edward Proctor, Information Technology Chief, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency 
  • Veronica Ortiz-Torres, Deputy Director, Digital Education Office, California Department of Technology
11:30 – 11:45 am

Presentation of the LINK Awards – Sharrell Blakeley, Board Member, LINK AMERICAS Foundation

11:45 am – Noon

Closing Remarks – Adelina Zendejas, Deputy Director, Broadband and Digital Literacy Office, California Department of Technology