We are excited to announce GitHub’s partnership with the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development that will equip low-income homes with affordable and free broadband wireless internet access. “ConnectHome” will pilot in 27 cities and one tribal nation in the US including Newark, Seattle, Atlanta, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, providing broadband access, technical training, coding education, and devices for residents in assisted housing.
GitHub will provide
- $3 million in free private repositories for participants;
- $500,000 in financial support; and
- 4,000 hours in volunteer time to train, coach, and mentor those who want to build a career in software development.
We are proud to be a national sponsor while also partnering with local non-profits, educators, and Housing Authorities.
ConnectHome is the first program of its kind, and it is incredibly important because currently, one in four low-income families in the U.S. do not have access to the internet at home.
This is also the first major project launch of GitHub’s newly-formed Social Impact Team which is committed to leveraging resources and people power to cultivate positive change in open source, tech, and communities across the US and internationally.
The next chapter in tech innovation is going to be written by people who have been on the margins of tech for too long. GitHub is committed to making it much easier for people from low-income backgrounds and other underrepresented communities to participate not only in consuming tech, but in creating it. This initiative is part of that ongoing commitment.