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Alaska Hackers and Non-profits Work Together to Help the Community!

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Irina Dudina In the world of technology, it seems like there is always a problem in need of a solution. Nowadays, with the presence of so many advanced tools, techniques, and methods, some might say there is nothing left that’s new or exciting to help solve those problems. Well, there is. Several Alaska non-profit organizations have been introduced to an event where digital solutions are found in a matter of days. How you ask? Jon Bittner, Vice President of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and Will Kyzer, Business and Economic Development Director for the AEDC found answers by starting the Alaska Hackathon....

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Alaska Heritage Meets e-Commerce

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Katie Paglini Connect Alaska has an exciting new partnership with the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) which is already producing some wonderful results! The goal of the project is to do research in rural Alaska surrounding broadband, and to improve digital literacy for residents lacking basic computer skills. At the end of March, Dr. Bob Whicker and Steve Nelson representing AASB’s Consortium for Digital Learning, and Frank Odasz, President of Lone Eagle Consulting, were in Chevak and Metlakatla, Alaska for the "Digitizing Alaska; Broadband Strategies" project. This effort is championed by the AASB’s...

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Here Comes Santa Claus: The Jolly Old Man’s Broadband Blip

By Jeremy Thacker

Santa Claus is coming to town. And now, thanks to broadband, you’ll know exactly when to expect him! Jolly Old St. Nick is preparing the sleigh for his big night of round-the-world work. And, as soon as he takes to the sky, you’ll be able to track his travel with military precision. NORAD is the military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the U.S. and Canada. And now, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking Santa on Christmas Eve. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” app is available on Apple products, Android, and social media sites. The agency offers information by phone and online about St. Nick's location....

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