Accelerate 2022 - Jikoo idea is the BEST (King seems a lot like Norm)

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/16/2022 - 11:08.
02/24/2022 - 10:59

creative technologist focused on justice


Adam Drue King is a technologist and creative whose work focuses on digital justice, broadband deployment, and community-led innovation as a means for community and economic development in Northeast Ohio, and beyond.

Adam has experience establishing broadband network solutions in close to fifty locations

nationwide. He has consulted on broadband solutions for municipalities, architected networks

for campuses, and deployed open and closed networks in commercial spaces since 2013.

These networks range from multi-million dollar county-wide broadband deployment for up to

750,000 users in a southern state, to an ultra-fast wireless mesh solution covering a 6-acre

corporate campus with over 1,000 on-site staff, to a wireless system over several floors at a

large church.

As Director of Neighborhood Partnerships & Equity at a Cleveland nonprofit, Adam drove the

mission of making Greater Cleveland’s digital future more equitable and helped shepherd in a

primary initiative delivering wireless internet to un- and underconnected communities in

Cleveland. Relationship building with organizations and individuals is an integral piece of his

approach work.

Adam’s ongoing projects and areas of interest include: pursuing the activation of public spaces

in nontraditional ways through his Jikoo initiative, continuing to help lower the bar for entry into

the digital age, promoting digital justice, and powering-with residents and neighborhoods to

ensure access to tools of technology and innovation. He is currently consulting on multiple

initiatives, including an international initiative to leverage virtual power plants as a means to

support a green economy, and a national movement to community ownership of broadband

networks and infrastructures.

Adam brings passion, commitment, and creativity to all of his efforts as he strives toward his

vision for a more activated, connected and just world. King holds technical certificates from

Microsoft and Google, is a nationally sought out expert and speaker on the topics of technology


and digital justice.




How Accelerate works

The following pitches will take place in each of the six Accelerate categories. A panel of judges drawn from community leaders will select one finalist in each category. The six finalists will pitch a second time to the full event audience which will vote on the winner. The overall winner will take home $5,000, the finalists from the remaining five categories will each get $2,000 to help bring their ideas to life.

For the Technovation competition, a panel of judges will select the Technovation winner who will receive $3,500.

( categories: )