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Brainstorming at City Camp DC

By Steven Overly

Everyone at this weekend’s City Camp DC could pinpoint a problem.

H Street’s business district could be better connected. Washington’s art community needs greater publicity. Libraries are underutilized as potential technology training centers. There’s a digital divide east and west of the river.

But City Camp DC wasn’t devised to dwell on problems, Peter Corbett, the co-producer of Digital Capital Week, told the crowd of about 50 participants. It’s about generating solutions.

Conversations throughout Saturday afternoon centered on ways to use technology to combat problems on the neighborhood level.

One group began working an online map of H Street’s businesses as a way to better connect them with area residents. Another group aims to arm a fleet of trucks with laptops and smartphones so they can operate as mobile technology training centers.

Now that City Camp DC is over — although Digital Capital Week continues until Saturday — the groups are charged with continuing to pursue their programs, and as one participant said, use “social media for social good.”

overlys@washpost.com

By Dan Beyers  |  June 14, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
 
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