The November 15, 2017 Tech Council meeting generated excitement on several fronts! See the meeting highlights below.
Featured Presentation. Code for America’s website leads with the statement that “We’re on a mission to make government work in the digital age.” Featured speaker Jessica Silverman, Director of Development at Code for America, told us how. Through technology, data and user-centered design, Code for America helps make government systems more efficient and cost-effective – and easier for residents to access and use. A major focus, for example, is the use of mobile technology for multi-benefit enrollment. Code for America draws from the community for much of its work and has local brigades in 72 cities around the United States. Check out the San Francisco Brigade and take a look at Jessica’s presentation here.
Connectivity + Initiative Projects. Congrats to the Connectivity + Initiative project teams for their first action plan “progress reports”! Team leaders provided summaries of their work to date in the Tech Council’s six project areas:
- Equipment Refurbishment – Alex Banh, Committee on Information Technology
- Tech Support & Repair – Andy Aczel, The Specialists Guild
- Basic Digital Training & Tools – Walter Delson, Independent Living Resource Center
- Digital Inclusion Week – Kate Eppler, SF Public Library
- Increased Affordable Access – Marie Jobling, Community Living Campaign and Alex Banh, COIT
- Leveraged Data, Advocacy & Funding – Anne Hinton, AARP and Nicole Bohn, Mayor’s Office on Disability
Interested in participating? Contact Susan Poor, SF Tech Council Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiber for San Francisco. Supervisor Mark Farrell’s update on plans for a citywide fiber network generated lots of questions about the initiative’s goals, structure, next steps and financial model. You can find more information at the following links: Supervisor Farrell’s slide presentation, the external consultant’s report, a report overview, and a recent San Francisco Chronicle article. To talk with Supervisor Farrell’s office directly, contact Legislative Aide Jess Montejano at Jess.Montejano@sfgov.org.
Tech Profile. Avery Herron, User Experience Associate at My Seismic – previously known as SuperFlex – provided an overview of how “powered clothing” can make moving easier for people with a range of mobility challenges. My Seismic is now testing its product throughout the country. For more information or to learn about how you or someone you know can participate in user testing, contact My Seismic at email@example.com.
The next Tech Council meeting is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20th at the Dutch Consulate, 120 Kearny St., 31st Floor. We look forward to welcoming featured speaker Shannon Farley, Executive Director of Fast Forward, an accelerator for tech nonprofits. A festive holiday wine and cheese networking reception follows the meeting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.