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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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WATCH: Sled Safety - How Broadband & Iditarod Fans Help Keep Mushers Moving

By CAK Staff

When it comes to sled dog races, the Iditarod is the Super Bowl of the snowy north. Every year in Alaska, mushers and their dogs come from across the globe to take part in what’s been deemed “The Last Great Race on Earth”. More than 1,000 miles of frozen lakes, grueling tundra, and freezing temperatures challenge even the most seasoned veterans to push themselves and their team to the limit in the quest for glory in Nome. But the 49th state offers up more obstacles than distance and Mother Nature. Communication can be extremely difficult as mushers pass through rural Alaska, where internet speeds are often not much faster than dial-up, and...

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