At its September 20th meeting, the Tech Council took a deep dive into concrete ways it will advance digital inclusion in San Francisco through its Connectivity + Initiative.
After electing Carrie Bishop (City Digital Inclusion Officer) and Alex Banh (COIT Digital Inclusion Fellow) to the Tech Council, participant teams explored how they can “work better together” to address six digital inclusion topics:
- Repair, refurbishment and replacement of digital equipment
- Basic Digital Training
- Tech Support
- Broadened Awareness, Knowledge and Digital Inclusion Week
- Increased Affordable Access to Internet Service Providers
- Leveraged Funding, Advocacy, Data and Communications/Awareness
In far-reaching discussions, participants identified what they were excited about, what they thought we could do better by working together, and what actions they wanted to take in the project areas. With support from the Mayor’s Office on Disability, each of the teams will also evaluate how their efforts will enhance digital access for individuals with disabilities. Project action plans are the next step – drafts will be prepared for the October 18th Tech Council meeting.
Following the focus on digital inclusion, Boswell founder Jeff Perrone demonstrated how his app allows users to hear and respond to questions about their lives, interests and experiences. It’s a simple way for people to record information in small doses that can be listened to or read many times over. In talking with Jeff, meeting participants identified ways the app could be used and expanded.
The next Tech Council meeting is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18th. A networking reception follows from 6:00-6:45 p.m.
To participate in the Tech Council’s Connectivity + Initiative, attend Tech Council meetings or receive meeting notices, contact Tech Council Consultant Susan Poor at email@example.com.