This panel discussion will address ways to bring educational equity and smart city regional leaders. Industry opportunities, skills and practices into the classroom and raise awareness about digital equity barriers. It will explore solutions to bridging the digital divide for our community’s most vulnerable populations ( people of color, children with limited internet access, people with educational proficiencies, people of low-income, and older adults). This dialogue will emphasize that skills are not limited to technology, but also it includes communication, teamwork, and creative thinking skills. The panel will be comprised of diverse community-based organizations, educators, public agencies and businesses.