Tincan uses information technology and interactive media for education and community development. We accomplish this broad mission by creating online content of value to our community; developing innovative training and education opportunities; and collaborating with local partners to provide access to digital technologies for those who might otherwise not be able to benefit from online information.
The concept for Tincan began at a public meeting in 1994, where representatives from business, health care, media, education, community-based organizations and individual citizens identified a need for a public access computer network that reflected community interests. Begun at Eastern Washington University, a 1994 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce allowed the network to go online. Tincan’s original focus was equitable access to telecommunications and computer technology. While still supporting access, our focus has become developing meaningful content in support of the development of a vibrant community where online information is both readily available and useful to the region’s citizens. In late 1999, Tincan moved out of the university to become a non-profit organization. After a decade of growth, in spring of 2010 Tincan moved into a new facility that includes a 32 station media lab and a full video production studio.