By Emily Greenhalgh
PBN Web Editor
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s Broadband Rhode Island initiative is teaming up with A Better World by Design to improve broadband adoption among disadvantaged populations.
A Better World by Design was established in 2008 by Brown University’s chapter of Engineers without Borders and leaders from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The organization issues annual challenges to innovators across the globe to “use the power of design and technology to build a better world,” according to an EDC release.
The 2012 challenge – “Connect the Disconnected” – will identify innovation ways to improve access to information for those who face educational, economic, or geographical barriers.
“Through the [EDC’s] Broadband Rhode Island initiative, the state is pleased to partner with higher education in this design challenge to identify innovative approaches to help improve access for our citizens to online information and to Rhode Island’s leading broadband infrastructure,” Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said in prepared remarks.
Every year, A Better World by Design holds a student-run conference in Providence. This 2012 conference will be held Sept. 28 – 30.