Comcast NBCUniversal is dedicated to supporting startups, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofits who are using the power of technology and media to help solve important social issues in communities of need. In this vein, Comcast NBCUniversal was proud to be the presenting partner at the Social Innovation Summit in Chicago earlier this summer. The Social Innovation Summit is a unique, annual convening of philanthropy, business and technology professionals who are focused on creating lasting change in their communities.
This year’s Social Innovation Summit kicked off with an interactive cocktail party that brought together social-impact peers from Comcast NBCUniversal, DoSomething.org and Social Innovation Summit attendees to celebrate and explore how young people are more engaged than ever and what it takes to activate change and drive social impact. This gathering of like-minds, held at Comcast’s cutting-edge Studio Xfinity store in Chicago’s Clybourn Corridor, amplified the momentum that more young people have the passion to activate good with technology.
Throughout the two days, Comcast NBCUniversal led a variety of panels focused on access to technology and driving high impact philanthropy. Matthew Summy, Regional Vice President of Comcast Cable, hosted one such panel featuring partners who are creating stronger neighborhoods through civic technology. During this session, partners from the Chicago Public Library, Knight Foundation, UI Labs and Black Tech Mecca discussed strategically integrating and working with communities to utilize technology to improve neighborhoods.
Over the course of the conference, Comcast NBCUniversal also engaged summit attendees by asking them “What’s one thing you think can spark social change?” Attendees’ answers were displayed on a large digital art wall that created an original word mural of all their ideas. This vibrant light projection of ideas connected summit attendees by signifying their universal mission to spark social change.
Finishing off the summit, Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President, Community Investment, President, Comcast & NBCU Foundations and Jackie Parker, President, GM Foundation & Director, Global Philanthropy & Giving at General Motors graced the main stage to discuss game-changing impact and used examples from their two organizations to demonstrate how large urban corporations can help revitalize cities.
See some of the moments we captured during the summit below.