The digital divide is a real issue in Central Texas, with many residents lacking access to computers and the Internet. This lack of access can make it difficult to get a good job, have access to social programs, or even keep in touch with family and make ends meet. Fortunately, organizations like Mission Capital, DECA, UWATX and Google Fiber are working together to close this gap and ensure that everyone has access to the technology they need. The Technology Opportunity Grant Program (GTOps) is a grant administered by the Community Technology division aimed at improving the community's capacity to fully participate in the digital society.
GTOps offers four prize tracks for local Austin nonprofit groups to apply for funds or devices. These grants are helping nonprofits provide technology resources to those who need them most. At the Conference on Digital Inclusion in Texas (“A Colloquium on Conference &” at the University of Texas), organized by Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune, keynote speaker Budd served as director of human resources, administrative director of operations for &, director of operations and vice president of programs for Girl Scouts of Central Texas. This organization serves 46 counties in Texas and is helping to bridge the digital divide by providing technology resources to those who need them.
Organizations like Mission Capital, DECA, UWATX and Google Fiber are working hard to close the digital divide in Central Texas. Through initiatives like the Technology Opportunity Grant Program (GTOps) and organizations like Girl Scouts of Central Texas, more people are gaining access to technology resources that can help them succeed. By providing these resources, these organizations are helping to create a more equitable society where everyone has access to the same opportunities.