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OCTO Hosts Technology Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Contact: Jill Melnicki (202) 442-3201

(Washington, DC) The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) will host the Connect.DC Technology Scavenger Hunt, an “Amazing Race”-style dash through the Benning/Marshall Heights and Anacostia/Hillsdale/Barry Farm areas. The event will feature a Community Day with remarks from CTO Rob Mancini, a local vendor area, entertainment, music, food, face painting and great resources for the whole family. The Scavenger Hunt is free and open to the public. Participants must be DC residents to be eligible for prizes.

What: A half-day Scavenger Hunt where residents will receive twelve clues that will lead them to partner locations. Participants must complete a digital activity before moving on to the next location.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014; 11 am to 4 pm

Where: Start and Finish Lines at OCTO Headquarters / Canal Park: 200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Who: DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) staff and volunteers. District residents. Representatives from DC government agencies, community-based organizations and local businesses.

Background: The Connect.DC Technology Scavenger Hunt was designed to familiarize DC residents with technology resources, including public Internet access locations, digital learning activities, social media platforms and Connect.DC digital citizenship tools. The event is 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.

The fun can be followed via Twitter at #dctechhunt. Media in attendance at the event will be able to interview participants and observe vendors focused on expanding technology resources and digital literacy skills across the District. Visit our Eventbrite page more information.

About Connect.DC
Created by the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) in 2010, Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents and organizations. Together with our partners, we are working to ensure everyone in DC can take full advantage of everything technology has to offer. For more information, visit