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Illinois Connected 2024

Event description

The Illinois Broadband Lab, in partnership with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), will convene leaders, communities, organizations and businesses from across the state to work together on building our connected future. Illinois stands to gain more than $1 billion in federal broadband funding over the next five years, on top of significant state investments. Summit participants will have the chance to collaborate with peers and learn from experts and each other about how to make sure this record investment leads to sustainable economic opportunity for all Illinois communities. 

Program Overview

Wednesday, May 8 (1 pm - 5 pm): Interactive Workshops for Digital Equity community

  • Community Digital Navigators: Training and peer exchange
  • Digital Program Managers: Digital program content and funding

Thursday, May 9 (8:30 am - 8 pm): General Programming

  • Cross-Cutting Plenary Sessions
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • Digital Equity
    • Broadband Deployment
  • Evening Reception

Friday, May 10 (9 am - 12 pm): Interactive Workshops for local governments, providers and researchers

  • Broadband Deployment: Resources and opportunities for the BEAD Program
  • Research: Understanding needs and measuring impacts


We have secured a special reduced room rate of $216/night (plus tax) for Illinois Connected Summit attendees at our conference venue, the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk. The discounted rate is available until April 10, but the room block is likely to fill up quickly, so please make your reservation soon!

Book online here or call Marriott reservations at 1 (888) 236-2427 or (312) 464-1000.

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