Hive Waterloo Region Bridging Digital Divide With New Digital Literacy Network

Membership applications now open to organizations and individuals

WATERLOO REGION – January 12, 2017:

The creation of a hub for digital literacy in Waterloo Region will amplify current efforts by numerous individuals and organizations, and forge new connections that will make a greater impact on digital literacy and inclusion for our citizens. That’s why Hive Waterloo Region ( is following the example of communities around the world to build a new local network working to increase digital literacy and diversity in tech in our region. Hive Waterloo Region is now seeking members, both individuals and organizations, to join and help build this “Made in Waterloo Region” digital literacy network.

The City of Kitchener, Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, and THEMUSEUM are founding members of the Hive Waterloo Region network and are organizations addressing this issue every day. Just this week Kitchener city council voted to approve a new Digital Kitchener strategy.

Mary Chevreau, CEO of the Kitchener Public Library comments:

“Digital literacy is a required skill for success in the 21st century and a key driver for the creation of Studio Central at KPL. Hive Waterloo Region has been a great partner in providing digital literacy opportunities to our library community, such as learning how to code and how to use online tools. As we build Studio Central, this partnership will grow further, and membership in the Hive community gives us an opportunity to create impact sooner than we can do on our own.”

Another founding member, THEMUSEUM, has also been investing in digital literacy through its Maker Club and the newly opened Underground Studio MakerSpace. CEO David Marskell is enthusiastic in his support:

“Key to increasing digital literacy is the ability for kids to play and explore with different tools. THEMUSEUM has been a longtime supporter of Hive Waterloo Region, which began when we started hosting the annual Family Hack Jam. By creating a resource hub and network, we see Hive Waterloo Region increasing the opportunities for all, and THEMUSEUM wants to be a big part of that.”

Membership is through an application process and is open to community groups, charities, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and individuals. The first Hive Waterloo Region Members’ Meetup will be free and open to all who’d like to learn more. The meetup will be held at 7:00 pm on January 25 at THEMUSEUM (10 King St. W., Kitchener).

Applications are now being accepted through February 28th, 2017, at


About Hive Waterloo Region

Hive Waterloo Region works with community organizations to teach digital literacy skills essential for success in the 21st century, and actively promotes and supports greater diversity and inclusion within our tech sector. We are a member of the Mozilla Leadership Network, a global network promoting digital literacy and open access to the web.

Through our member network, we shine a spotlight on relevant learning opportunities, organizations, and resources in Waterloo Region, as we amplify and promote our local presence as a global tech centre. We particularly focus on outreach to youth, women, and minorities.

Hive Waterloo Region is an independent not-for-profit that is funded thanks to generous supporters such as Google Community Grants and the City of Kitchener. Visit for more information, resources and upcoming events. For more information including sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact us at


Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision: We are passionately committed to promoting digital literacy for everyone in Waterloo Region and advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion in our tech sector and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Our Mission: We are building a network of individuals and organizations in Waterloo Region that work together and with us to support digital literacy and diversity efforts. Members of Hive WR benefit from cross-pollination of ideas and shared resources, as well as the ability to expand their reach through our connections and influence.



For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Stephanie Rozek

Executive Director, Hive Waterloo Region | (519) 716.1976