The mission of Innovate Dayton is to “Open the Door of Opportunity” for our students and the community of Dayton. We are working in partnership with Online NW, a local internet provider, to bring a gigabit fiber network to Dayton.
This network will provide Dayton homes and businesses with the fastest internet speeds available, turning Dayton into one of only three cities in the entire state that can be called a gigabit city. This puts Dayton in the fast-lane for taking advantage of new economic opportunities to build and grow companies that are a part of a global economy.
Chief Executive Officer
“OnlineNW is thrilled to be building our first gigabit fiber network right here in Dayton, I see all sorts of possibilities to use our services to benefit the community and to help kids learn. We want to help spur innovative ideas and work with local students!”
“The potential of our kids here in Dayton is astonishing. We want to inspire a community of learning that empowers all students to be the makers, creators and problem solvers of our future.””
Mother of two
“As a civic minded parent with a career in Information Technology, I love the idea of our kids working on projects with community members and other students. This gives them hands-on learning opportunities while working to make Dayton a better place for all of us to grow, learn and live.”
Dayton High School student
“I love the opportunities that I am getting through the work of Innovate Dayton. I am gaining 21st Century skills that will serve me now and in the future. It is so exciting to know that, as our legacy, we are creating Dayton’s future.”
At Dayton High School, there is one class that inspires students to become both inventors and entrepreneurs, the Innovation 101 class. The class is taught by Patrick Verdun and takes place in the new i3 Center. This class challenges students to think for themselves...read more
It all began with a crazy idea. What if we transformed a 10,000 square foot ag shop at Dayton High School into a new space, a multidimensional makerspace built around an ideation lab. A place where all students felt a sense of belonging, regardless of their interests?...read more
On March 20th, teachers and students from Dayton took a trip to Hood River led by an architect from OPSIS who is helping Dayton develop plans for the next phase of our i3 Center. He wanted to show us an example of we could learn from. Individuality, diversity and...read more
On April 4th, The Innovate Dayton team visited Rural Oregon Day, located at the Oregon State Library. At this event rural communities came together to discuss rural problems that are common in our everyday lives. Through innovative technology and thinking, they were...read more
On February 4th, people of Dayton came together to learn. With ages ranging from 8 to 71, it was a very diverse group. 56 people, including students, educators and community members were introduced to the experience of “hacking” and agile learning. The event had two...read more
As walls are being torn down, progress is being made. Construction in the new i3 Center is in full force. Construction started on the 17th of November and is moving at a rapid pace. The inner walls have been removed, the floor is being stripped, and the vision is...read more
We all have seen the images: a phone of 100 years ago and a phone of today. A car of 100 years ago and a car of today. A classroom of 100 years ago and a classroom of today. Two of these sets of images have dramatically changed. One has not. The world is changing...read more
Senator Ron Wyden visited Dayton High School last Wednesday to learn more about Innovate Dayton and to hear from the students how this process of re-imagining school is transforming their educational experience. The Senator was extremely impressed. As a national...read more
Last Saturday we launched a regional drone challenge at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Over 40 students, teachers and industry professionals from around the region came together to map out the next steps for launching the Willamette Valley Drone Challenge....read more
Our Partnership with OnlineNW
Innovate Dayton is partnering with OnlineNW to offer incredible opportunities to learn and solve problems! OnlineNW is in the process of installing high-bandwidth fiber optic cable throughout Dayton, making Dayton only the third gigabit city in the entire state. A percentage from each subscriber’s bill for this service will be sent back to our school to support our after-school Innovation Academy and i3 Center.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL JOB MARKET IS TECH-RELATED?
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF DAYTON GRADUATES CURRENTLY MOVE ON TO TECH CAREERS?
AVERAGE VALUE ADDED TO A HOME BY HAVING FIBER INTERNET (THAT IS AN ADDITIONAL $5347!)
INCREASE OF INTERNET-CAPABLE TV DEVICES GETTING ONLINE SINCE 2013
Learn more about OnlineNW's fiber Internet packages
OnlineNW’s per month pricing is all inclusive. This service has no term contract requirements, data caps, or termination fees. Additionally, there are no additional charges for equipment rental, fees, taxes or other ancillary charges.