The South Florida Digital Alliance was incorporated as a non-profit entity in May of 2009 under the name of the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition. The organization’s founding was made possible by a generous grant provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in support of connecting organizations to the Internet and each other to provide opportunities for all segments of our community and thereby enhance the quality of life for South Florida residents to enhance the quality of their lives. The founding organizations of the Coalition/Alliance represented the anchor institutions of our community: education, government, healthcare and non-profit organizations.
These community leaders recognized that to create a globally competitive workforce capable of participating effectively in education and the global digital economy, our community needed to:
- Ensure that our residents, especially those living in underserved areas, have appropriate technology skills and knowledge;
- Facilitate communications and connectivity by building and enhancing affordable, high-speed connectivity throughout the entire community;
- Lower the cost of technology participation for our residents;
- Create opportunities to stimulate entrepreneurship by creating new industries that will in turn attract more business that we believe will result in the development of “next generation” high paying jobs.
Learn more about the South Florida Digital Alliance.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education drives innovation, economic vitality and global competitiveness. The nation faces a strong need to engage students in STEM education and prepare this future workforce for the global marketplace with the skills they need to compete. President Barack Obama said schools should “offer a rigorous course of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology and engineering, and cooperate with industry experts to help teachers incorporate STEM content across grades and disciplines.”
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academies of Engineering, Information Technology and Health Sciences prepare students for post-secondary education and careers through a theme-based, contextualized curriculum approach.
- The Academy of Engineering answers an acute need for engineers by educating students in the principles of engineering, and providing content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering and architecture.
- The Academy of Health Sciences address the critical achievement gap in STEM fields and develops a pipeline of student prepared to pursue health-related degrees and professions in one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy, including biotechnology, genetics, nursing, therapeutics and diagnostics.
- The Academy of Information Technology prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, web design and administration, digital networks and other areas in the expanding digital workplace.
Miami–Dade County Public Schools currently has 22 NAF Academies under the STEM umbrella guided by a STEM Advisory Board made up of theme specific industry and postsecondary leaders. These STEM Academy Advisory Board members bridge schools and communities by providing classroom speakers, mentors, job-shadowing venues, conferences and seminars, scholarships, and compensated internships for Academy students and teachers. Learn more by visiting MiamiStem.org.
The South Florida Area Chapter of SIM is the regional organization for top information technology executives in South Florida. Our members include local senior information technology executives from various government agencies, universities, healthcare organizations and private industry organizations. Members meet quarterly for presentations by top practitioners, industry leaders, and nationally recognized experts in information systems and management practices. These meetings offer members an opportunity to discuss industry best practices for administrative, managerial and technical issues and network with their peers in the South Florida area.
Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of January, April, September and November; although special meetings will be called when an appropriate resource becomes available on an industry topic which the Executive Board feels is timely for our membership.
For more information about the South Florida Chapter of SIM, visit SIMNet.org