On Saturday, August 16th, the Connect.DC program at the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) hosted a Technology Scavenger Hunt, an “Amazing Race”-style dash through the Benning/Marshall Heights and Anacostia/Hillsdale/Barry Farm areas. The Scavenger Hunt was designed to familiarize District individuals and families with technology resources, including public Internet access locations, digital learning activities, social media platforms and Connect.DC digital citizenship tools. The event featured a Community Day in The Yards Park neighborhood with remarks from CTO Rob Mancini, a local vendor area, entertainment, music, food, face painting and great resources for the whole family.
At kick off, residents received thirteen clues that led them to partner locations and the chance to win a cool prize. Participants were required to complete a digital activity before moving on to the next location.
Congrats to the #DCTECHHUNT winners! Three teams took home tablet computers. Thanks to everyone for coming out!
Special thank you to
#DCTECHHUNT partners that served as Scavenger Hunt locations
United Planning Organization (Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Community Service Center & Anacostia Community Service Center) Urban Ed DC Public Library (Anacostia Neighborhood Library & Dorothy I. Height/Benning Branch) DC Department of Housing and Community Development Washington Metropolitan Police Department (Sixth District Headquarters) DC Department of Parks and Recreation (Benning Stoddert Community Center) East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. Unity Health Care (Minnesota Ave Health Center) Congress Heights Main Street St. Elizabeths East (RISE Innovation Center)
Clearly Innovative Inc
DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
DC Public Library
District of Columbia Board of Elections
IT Computer Wiz Kids
Bank on DC
DMPED - New Communities Initiative
First Robotics DC
Fire and Emergency Medical Services
#DCTECHHUNT promotional partners
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
First Rock Baptist Church
Office of Unified Communications
Department of Employment Services
#DCTECHHUNT entertainment & hospitality partners
Mr. Corey’s Face Painting
Chef Tate of Inspire BBQ
The event was a digital demonstration project of OCTO’s Connected Communities Initiative, a multi-sector effort to build a culture of digital use to support neighborhood goals in areas such as employment, education and health.