Sponsors & Partners


Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to reduce inequities and improve lives around the world. In developing countries, it focuses on improving health, reducing extreme poverty, and increasing access to technology in public libraries. In the United States, the foundation seeks to ensure that all people have access to a great education and to technology in public libraries. In its local region, it focuses on improving the lives of low-income families. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Patty Stonesifer and Co-chairs William H. Gates Sr., Bill Gates, and Melinda French Gates. More information is available at http://www.gatesfoundation.org.

Washington State University
Washington State University is a land-grant university that conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 25,000 students statewide. Students are taught in an environment enriched by research activities and graduate study. For more information see http://www.wsu.edu.


Urban Institute
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established in Washington, D.C., in 1968. Its staff investigates the social, economic, and governance problems confronting the nation and evaluates the public and private means to alleviate them. Through work that ranges from broad conceptual studies to administrative and technical assistance, Institute researchers contribute to the stock of knowledge available to guide decision-making in the public interest. To learn more about the Urban Institute, please visit http://www.urban.org.

COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies)
COSLA is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its purpose is to identify and address issues of common concern and national interest; to further state library agency relationships with federal government and national organizations; and to initiate cooperative action for the improvement of library services to the people of the United States. To learn more about COSLA, please visit http://www.cosla.org.

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE)

The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) supports population research and training at the University of Washington. It also functions as a regional center that gives population scientists at affiliated institutions in the Pacific Northwest access to cutting-edge demographic infrastructure and services. The core of CSDE consists of a large group of productive population scholars, with disciplinary homes in the departments Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Statistics, Psychology, and International Studies as well as the UW schools of Evans School of Public Affairs, Social Work, and School of Public Health. Our faculty affiliates are highly visible members of the population research community. We have drawn faculty into a cohesive research community anchored by a weekly seminar series, collaborative projects, and shared use of state-of-the-art technical, administrative, and consulting services. CSDE’s website can be found at: http://csde.washington.edu/

Social Development Research Group (SDRG)

The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of researchers united in a common mission: to understand and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development among children, adolescents, and young adults by:

  • conducting research on factors that influence development;
  • testing the effectiveness of interventions;
  • studying service systems and working to improve them;
  • presenting science-based solutions to health and behavior problems; and
  • disseminating knowledge produced by this research

More information is on SDRG’s website: http://sdrg.org

Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explores the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies in communities facing social and economic challenges. Active in over 40 countries, TASCHA brings together a multidisciplinary network of social scientists, engineers, and development practitioners to conduct research, advance knowledge, create resources, and improve policy and program design. Our purpose? To spark innovation and create more opportunities for those who need it most. TASCHA’s website can be found at:http://tascha.washington.edu/

EdLab Group

The EdLab Group (formerly the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology - PSCTLT) is a private, non-profit center with funding from federal and state governments, private foundations, corporations, and individuals. Our mission is to leverage the power of technology and diversity to transform teaching and learning. See http://www.edlabgroup.org/ for more information.

City of Seattle Department of Information Technology Community Technology Program

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting a technology healthy community. The mission of the Community Technology Program is to ensure digital inclusion for all, so that residents and neighborhoods have the information technology capacity needed for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. This includes work on the digital inclusion essential areas of access, literacy and content. See http://www.seattle.gov/tech/ for more information.

Communities Connect Network

Communities Connect Network (CCN) works to ensure digital inclusion and technology opportunities for all residents of Washington State. CCN is a statewide coalition of public & private organizations committed to provide local technology access, training, and content to underserved and disadvantaged residents of Washington State. Our mission is to ensure Washington is a leader in digital inclusion by strengthening the community technology field. http://www.communitiesconnect.org/