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2017 DigCitSummit in Provo, Utah

The 2017 DigCitSummit (Digital Citizenship Summit) is a 2-day event focused on expanding conversations and collaborative change around issues related to kids and technology. The 2017 DigCitSummit is on November 2-3 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.

The 2017 DigCitSummit is where teachers, parents, youth, and professionals from multiple sectors (e.g., education, business, government, non-profit, health, etc.) gather to talk about how adults and kids can work together toward more deliberate and positive technology use (#UseTech4Good).

The 2017 DigCitSummit will be different from your typical conference. This Summit is hosted by EPIK Deliberate Digital and the Summit meetings will be heavily focused on creative, collaborative, roundtable discussions. Come ready to plug in and participate! Every voice and perspective will matter at this Summit.

 

Many parents I have talked to have expressed a deep sense of helplessness and powerlessness in navigating the changing landscape around us.

EPIK Deliberate Digital has been a powerful organization at the forefront of the movement for youth to use technology for good. The philosophical paradigm shift of the Positive Digital Citizenship Movement is empowering to so many women as we lead in our homes with our children.

- Carolina Allen, CEO Big Ocean Women

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Kids Count

Continuously learning, side by side

Youth have tech savvy that adults do not. And adults have life experience that youth do not. It’s only in working together that kids and adults can truly leverage the power to #UseTech4Good. Also, living in a digital world means we never stop needing to learn and adapt! We can learn together side-by-side with them. #NotAboutThemWithoutThem

The heART of Being Human

We are more alike than different

Empathy and respect for our shared humanity is essential to good living and citizenship, both on- and off-line. When we focus on using tech for good, we focus more on what can unite us, on what we have in common, not on creating and contributing to more divides. This starts in our closest personal relationships and moves outwards in local, global, and digital spheres.

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Ripples of Good

Influencers of Change in Our Spheres

We each can have an impact in our personal spheres of influence. Of course, technology expands our potential influence, but we should never forget that each of us can have an impact in our personal spheres of influence that others cannot replace. #RipplesOfGood

Better Together

A "We not Me" Mindset

As we each work in our individual spheres and find ways to connect our efforts through cross-sector and cross-generational communication, collaboration, and community-building, together we can create a more Positive Digital Citizenship culture.

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General Agenda for the 2017 DigCitSummit

DigCitSummit 2-Day Conference

Please visit the AGENDA page to view a detailed agenda.

DigCitSummit meetings for paid Summit ticket holders will be held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.on Thursday, November 2 and from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.

The theme for the conference is EXPAND. Discussions at the Summit will revolve around the word AND. Themes that may be discussed include the following:

  • How can Adults AND youth learn and co-create ideas side-by-side re: how to use technology in deliberate, healthy, and positive ways?
  • How do we create conversations and a culture that recognize the risks of digital technologies AND celebrate, champion, and co-create Positive Digital Citizenship?
  • Literacy, citizenship, and innovation demand an AND mindset. How can kids and adults alike build skills of listening and engaging multiple sides of an issue in this often divisive digital age?
  • How can top-down AND bottom-up forces work together toward cultural change that champions the positives AND educates and mentors kids through the problems?
  • How can content AND process work together in building DigCit skills? (Information alone is not enough! Kids need real-life experiences engaging with real people in safe digital spaces, and they need safe spaces to make mistakes with technology so they can learn from their experiences.)
  • How can we EXPAND DigCit so that all sectors are engaged in these AND conversations?
  • For many digital natives, life is not real life vs. digital life. Rather, life = what happens in the face-to-face world AND what happens through digital media. A whole summit could be devoted to debates and discussions around whether that word "should" be OR or AND. What do you think?

 

Free Community Events

Thursday evening (November 2) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is the free Youth Extravaganza at the Utah Valley Convention Center. This event will be the highlight of the Summit! Youth will be showcasing various ways that they #UseTech4Good through live presentations, video, and booth displays. NOTE: If you are a youth (10-18) or college-age young adult wanting to share your story of using digital technologies or skills for good, please see the Youth Extravaganza submissions link. If you are an organization interested in being involved in the Extravaganza, please contact us to discuss. 

Friday afternoon/evening (November 3, 4-6 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.) there will be various free Community Outreach events all over the valley (e.g., Magna, downtown Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, Provo). The purpose of these events is to bring a little of the energy of the Summit to local citizens, and to give Summit attendees a chance to interact with the public. More information about each of these events will be coming soon.

History of the DigCitSummit

The DigCitSummit was co-founded by Marialice B.F.X. Curran and David Ryan Polgar (who knew that a coffee shop meeting could end up planting the seeds for a growing worldwide movement?).

The 2017 DigCitSummit is the third annual DigCitSummit. In 2015 the Summit captured international attention in Connecticut, leading to a Summit in the UK in 2016 and the second annual DigCitSummit at Twitter Headquarters.

The #DigCitSummit is part of a larger movement committed to changing conversations and culture around kids and technology. We all know we need to help kids avoid risks and dangers online, AND kids also need mentoring and experience using technology in deliberate positive ways. #UseTech4Good is the key focus of this summit and the growing movement.

The 2017 DigCitSummit is being held in Utah because the first digital citizenship bill in the U.S. was passed in Utah, and there is a lot of budding energy around digital citizenship in the state. EPIK Deliberate Digital is also located in Utah, and they agreed to plan and host the summit.

But this movement to change conversations and culture around Digital Citizenship toward the positive is not about any one person, organization, event, state, or even nation. Check out digcitsummit.com for more information on the international Summits taking place that are part of this growing Movement. Nigeria just hosted their first summit and Mexico also just hosted their first summit October 5, they were both a huge success! The Summit in Kenya is scheduled for June 2018! Australia has a summit scheduled in the coming months, and nations such as Spain, Portugal, Ghana, Columbia, and Canada are also working toward hosting their own national DigCitSummits.
Being part of this Summit means being part of something BIG. Come join in the excitement and the change that is happening!

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