NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The House of Knowledge (TKH), Home Andrew Freedmanand The Bronx Community Foundationin partnership with CityBridge, the consortium behind LinkNYC, and New York City DoITT, will officially launch the Bronx Gigabit Center at the historic Andrew Freedman House, 1125 Grand Concourse (at 168th Street), in the Bronx on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The ceremony will include a special appearance by Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, and opening remarks by: Gibson, as well as Matt Fraser, New York City Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Commissioner of the Office of Technology and Innovation; Robert Sokota, President, Wireless Division at CityBridge; Nick Colvin, CEO of CityBridge; Hugh O’Kane, President, Hugh O’Kane Electric Co., Inc.; Walter Puryear, Director, Home Andrew Freedman; Jerelyn Rodriguez, CEO and Co-Founder, The house of knowledge; and Dr. Meisha Porter, President and CEO of The Bronx Community Foundation.
The Bronx Gigabit Center is designed to deliver high-speed Internet, technology innovation, and small business development through the LinkNYC free public Wi-Fi network. CityBridge and its partners ZenFi Networks and Intersection as well as CityBridge and their partner organizations have plans for the development of additional gigabit centers in New York, including Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. These facilities will provide free public Wi-Fi through the LinkNYC network, as well as digital literacy training, free access to laptops and workstations, and other services to help further bridge the digital divide. . The Manhattan Gigabit Center launched in Harlem in partnership with Silicon Harlem earlier this year.
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For the Bronx Gigabit Center, the Digital Library Project will develop new educational and professional programs that prepare youth, young adults and adults for digital production. Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary skills that cross the creative industries of media, multimedia production, post-production, digital printing, mixed media art, music, sound, audio technology, graphic arts, visual arts and animation. The goal is the development of interdisciplinary educational content, peer-to-peer connectivity and an innovative approach to online education and appreciation. By fulfilling this mission, the Digital Library Project would promote equitable use of digital services and technology, enabling communities affected by the digital divide to overcome barriers to digital literacy, education, and economic opportunity.
The House of Knowledge will provide digital literacy workshops and personalized digital programming to the Andrew Freedman House and the Greater Bronx community. These workshops will run the gamut from technical instruction on the basics of computing and internet browsing to basic lessons in coding. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for the year of the organization Karim Karbouch Coding Fellowship for high school students and Innovation grant for adults. As TKH expands its model to Newark, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; and Atlanta, GA, the co-founders also want to continue to grow in the Bronx to ensure that digital access and literacy will always reach Bronxites until the digital divide is gone.
“At CityBridge, we believe internet access is a basic human right, and our mission is to provide connectivity to all five boroughs of this great city. Equally important is understanding how to use this access safely and effectively to connect to jobs, education, and other opportunities. This is why we are so proud to partner with Andrew Freedman Home and The Knowledge House to provide this center and support the vital programming they will offer.
-Nick Colvin, CEO of CityBridge
“The Bronx Community Foundation, in partnership with the Bronx Digital Equity Coalition, supports digital equity and inclusion in the Bronx. Bridging the digital divide and providing access to technology is one of the ways we intend to end the systemic inequalities. We are proud to have been one of the first organizations committed to launching the Bronx Gigabit Center. We are thrilled to be part of this launch in partnership with The Andrew Freedman Home and The Knowledge House to provide devices, a innovative digital programming and workforce development opportunities to all Bronxites. The Foundation is committed to continuing to provide needed support to the center and our wider community. Technology is not a luxury , it is a necessity, and together we will ensure that our community stays connected.”
–Dr. Meisha Porter, President and CEO, The Bronx Community Foundation
About NYC OTI
The Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI) is the leading voice for technology in New York City. Technology underpins everything the city does, from policing to benefit filtering, and with the combined power of technology expertise across the city, OTI is nimble, efficient and focused on revolutionizing technology and government with the goal of increasing the quality of service for all New Yorkers. We “Get Stuff Done” by streamlining all facets of city technology management into one cohesive workflow with a common goal: to improve the lives of New Yorkers through technology.
About the House of Knowledge
The House of Knowledge (TKH) is committed to moving low-income youth and young adults from unemployment and underemployment to financial independence and stability by providing free technical training and professional development services that put them on the path direct employment in the technology sector. Companies that hire our graduates include Bloomberg LP, McKinsey and Company, DStillery, Citibank, Facebook and Goldman Sachs.
Since its founding in 2014 in the Bronx, the critically acclaimed TKH has grown to offer satellite programming in Newark, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
The Knowledge House has received generous funding from: NBA Foundation, American Heart Association, Robin Hood Foundation, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Capital One, Citi Foundation, Goldman Sachs, New York Community Trust, Summerfield Foundation and more. The House of Knowledge has been featured in: Blavity, Ebony, Forbes, Crain’s New York Business, WABC “Here & Now” and many other media.
About Andrew Freedman
Home Andrew Freedman (AFH) – an initiative of the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Center (MBSCC), a community organization with a mission to expand the economic, cultural and social opportunities that allow the community to thrive, is a contemporary cultural space for artists, of artisans and entrepreneurs from the Bronx area in New York. AFH includes the Artist-in-Residence program, a media hub, and a technology and design incubator, which supports artists, entrepreneurial start-ups, and workforce initiatives. AFH’s mission is to create global hubs that provide innovative solutions and sustainable structures that promote community development.
The Digital Library Project was created by The Andrew Freedman Home. The Digital Library Project creates an online platform that archives and showcases the practices of interdisciplinary artists and their works, creates educational content, and organizes panel discussions and podcasts on global topics related to inequality and social issues, racism systemic, multigenerational wealth, digital divide, and contemporary diasporism.
About the Bronx Community Foundation
The Bronx Community Foundation is the Bronx’s first and only community foundation, solely dedicated to providing resources to the entire borough. The Foundation supports and invests in community power to eradicate inequality and build a sustainable future for all Bronxites. Our model is unique in that we engage community actors across the borough to identify challenges and design solutions that create four pillars of sustainability: health, economic security, community, and equity and justice.
About the Digital Equity Coalition
The Bronx Digital Equity Coalition brings together more than 70 organizations across the borough to collectively address digital inequality and advocate for innovative, sustainable, and community-generated solutions.
LinkNYC is the largest and fastest free public Wi-Fi network in the world. Each Link kiosk provides free super-fast Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, access to social services and displays content such as real-time weather, public transport information, public art and local information. The city-wide network has over 10 million Wi-Fi users and has connected over 25 million free phone calls. All LinkNYC services are completely free to users and taxpayers, provided by CityBridge, a partnership between Intersection and ZenFi Networks. The next phase of LinkNYC will roll out thousands of new kiosks, called Link5G, featuring 5G wireless technology across the city. For more information about LinkNYC or to find a Link near you, visit www.link.nyc.
About ZenFi Networks
ZenFi Networksan innovative digital infrastructure company that offers wireless location, unloading and roaming, network edge colocation and fiber optic network solution in the NY-NJ metro area, creates a platform for different vendors to scale 5G. ZenFi Networks has an unrivaled reputation for efficiently designing and delivering solutions that not only empower mobile network operators, wholesale telecommunications providers, large enterprises but also the communities that need to be connected. With its purpose-built C-RAN infrastructure, ZenFi Networks is at the forefront of network architecture innovation and an essential part of the digital ecosystem in one of the largest and most important markets in the world. . For more information, please visit: www.zenfi.com.