Middle Bit: Greater Des Moines Partnership announces series of public forums on broadband access

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced a series of online public forums on issues affecting broadband access and adoption in the region.

The goal of the forums is to hear directly from residents about how broadband has impacted their lives in four vital areas: rural broadband, remote learning, remote work and remote health care.

  • The Rural Broadband Experience (Thursday, May 6 at Noon)
    This session will explore why there are broadband challenges in rural areas and discuss ways to solve those challenges.
  • The Challenges of Learning from Home (Thursday, May 6 at 4 p.m.)
    This session will explore how these issues have impacted learning, discuss some of the ways parents and students have coped with these limitations, and discuss how filling the region’s broadband gaps can help remote learning into the future.
  • Getting Care from Anywhere — Telehealth in Central Iowa (Monday, May 10 at 2 p.m.)
    This session will explore how telehealth is impacting the lives of persons in the area and discuss how it will continue to evolve.
  • Remote Work Challenges and Opportunities (Tuesday, May 11 at 10 a.m.)
    This session will explore the impact of broadband connectivity on the ability to work remotely. Presenters will discuss how remote work opportunities are helping many Iowans supplement their incomes, allowing them to benefit from the digital economy. They will also discuss the vital role that broadband plays in entrepreneurship.

Additionally, the Greater Des Moines Partnership has extended the submission period for the Central Iowa Broadband Internet Survey to Friday, May 14. The Broadband Internet Survey will help create a clear picture of consumers’ experience with broadband internet service across the region and help identify areas that do not currently meet consumer needs and expectations. There are two separate survey links at centraliowabroadbandsurvey.com: one for residential households and one for businesses.

Input from the public forums and the Central Iowa Broadband Internet Survey will help guide solutions for improved internet in the region. More details on the public forums, including the list of panelists, is listed on The Partnership’s website.

EntreFEST speakers announced

EntreFEST is coming back this summer as a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual tickets available. 

The activities kick off with ISA Launch Night on Wednesday, June 9, followed by two days of presentations, speakers, and business networking opportunities. More than 65 speakers are scheduled to discuss topics in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. 

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference are Marcus  Bullock, CEO & Founder of Flikshop; Taryn Southern, an award-winning artist and strategist; and Sarika Bhakta & Anthony Arrington, hosts of the Diversity Straight Up podcast.

There are a limited number of in-person tickets. Click here to see all of this year’s announced speakers.

Prometheus Awards set for Nov. 4

The Technology Association of Iowa has announced that the Prometheus Awards will return as an in-person event this fall.

Call for Nominations will open on May 24th, 2021.  Award winners will be announced at T=the Prometheus Awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines.