At the Digital Harbor Foundation, we are working to unlock opportunities and access. Our work is grounded in community, and while our heart (and much of our work) is centered in Baltimore, our reach has extended around the United States and some of our programs, internationally. All of our work is grounded in advancing one or more of our four key pillars, namely:
Digital Harbor Foundation operates three innovative programs that provide youth with access to tech-powered learning opportunities, support educators through high-quality training and content, and close the gap between academic innovation and local economies. These projects are grounded in local innovation that connect learning across national ecosystems
In January 2013, the Digital Harbor Tech Center launched to foster creativity, learning, productivity, and community. The Tech Center provides programs for youth, workforce development opportunities, and a community for youth and their families to access the resources needed to close the digital divide.
Founded in 2014, Digital Harbor's Center of Excellence is working to create a word where all educators and youth have equal access to innovative STEM learning opportunities in order to create pathways leading to tech employment opportunities.
Founded in 2020, Tech Extension is inspired by the Cooperative Extension System, formalized in 1914, which bridges the gap between academic research and the agricultural economy. Digital Harbor's Tech Extension bridges the gap between academic innovation and today's tech economy.
Project Waves is committed to bridging the Digital Divide in Baltimore and beyond by developing and scaling equitable solutions that connect unserved and underserved households to the Internet and the resources to help individuals, families, and communities thrive. Initially founded in 2019 as a fiscally-sponsored effort, Project Waves has grown from beta testing, to rapid-response deployments, to a scalable model that provides the highest quality connection and speeds. Using a combination of fiber-to-the-premise and wireless technology to connect households, Project Waves envisions a world where internet access is ubiquitous and available for all.
Project Waves offers gigabit speed Internet service to low- and mixed-income apartment buildings, ensuring residents have access to the highest quality broadband. Tenants enjoy hassle-free Internet service while landlords are able to highlight the Waves network as an amenity within their communities.
Project Waves provides high-speed public WiFi in several locations throughout Baltimore City. Whether you're interested in broadcasting a public network from your home, or you'd like to create a public network in your park or greenspace, we can help. Project Waves public WiFi allows visitors to your home, business, or community space to enjoy free Internet service and save money on mobile data plans.
A new approach to spur the development of technology, design, and data innovations that bring together talented technologists, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and government innovators to create innovative solutions to pressing problems as identified and supported through specific efforts, often organized through a cohort-model approach.
Social Safety Net Benefit Access
Launched in 2022 in collaboration with Schmidt Futures, Ballmer Group, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the Social Safety Net Product Studio is a $13 million initiative to accelerate innovation and open access to over $100 million in safety net benefits for low-income families across the country.
Learning Engineering Virtual Institute (LEVI) Engineering Hub
The LEVI Engineering Hub provides selected LEVI teams with software development assistance for important but less common roles in response to needs identified by the LEVI teams from developer operations and testing automation, to data architecture, to machine learning, as well as other forms of technical assistance as beneficial.
We know there are many social innovators out there who have the passion and purpose to advance a project but lack a place and position where they can explore, develop, and launch all while being supported by an experienced team. In response to this dual condition, we have built a new model and approach that adds support on top of traditional fiscal sponsorship intended to create transformative impact.
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The Ukraine Math and Science Achievement Fund supports talented Ukrainian students whose studies have been interrupted by the war. This work is made possible by a generous gift from Citadel Founder and CEO, Ken Griffin.
TDC network is working to provide high-impact executive coaching to leaders of social impact organizations to expand their impact and achieve prodigious success. TDC Network's approach is based on the work of accomplished executive coach, Bill Campbell.