The SF Tech Council vets, endorses, and periodically provides small grants to projects that harness technology to improve the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in San Francisco. Below are the first five projects reviewed by the Project and Metrics Workgroup and approved by the Council. These projects have received modest “catalyst grants” from Microsoft along with additional in-kind support from the Tech Council.
If you would like to help and support any of the projects listed below, please contact us or the project sponsor directly at the links below.
Current Projects Supported by the SF Tech Council
Helping Seniors Harness Technology for Better Health
Project Senior Vitality:Tenderloin Expansion builds upon a one-year pilot program that introduced Curry Senior Center residents to tablets and health tracking devices to manage their health and build social connections. The next phase will expand the program to include more Curry Senior Center clients living throughout the Tenderloin, providing them with technology and training to improve their technology skills, reduce social isolation, and meet individually significant health goals. Curry Senior Center will partner with other non-profit organizations in San Francisco to provide technology training and volunteer support throughout the course of the program.
Ensuring the Vulnerable Get Help in a Citywide Emergency
There may be as many as 10,000 homebound and isolated residents in San Francisco who are extremely vulnerable in case of a citywide emergency like an earthquake. The OpenChannel “Resident Emergency Network” uses simple technology that comes to life in an emergency to give residents a way to communicate their status and for responders to “see” where their help is most needed. This project will design a prototype in collaboration with first responder and resilient neighborhood groups, and a pilot in the early summer of 2016.
For more information contact:
DC Spensley, OpenChannel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping Seniors Win Safer Streets
55 Laguna is currently being developed as a housing site for LGBT seniors and the new home for Openhouse, a local nonprofit organization which provides a range of support services for older LGBT adults. With these changes, an estimated 100 seniors will travel to and from the site by foot each day. This project is a six-month Walk San Francisco pilot in partnership with Mercy Housing California and Openhouse to address the dangerous nearby intersection of Market, Laguna, Herman, and Guerrero Streets. The goal of the project is to engage seniors in identifying the kinds of pedestrian safety improvements that are needed. Activities will include using video and photography to document and share what most needs to be fixed in the area to share with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
For more information contact: Walk San Francisco
Using Technology to Improve Healthful Food Access for Seniors
ZeroDivide is partnering with community groups in the Southwest part of the City to develop a mobile app that will guide seniors to healthy and affordable food resources in their neighborhoods. The project will recruit and train neighborhood ambassadors who will help link seniors with food pantries, free and low cost meal delivery, and other nearby resources geared toward food security. Ambassadors and participants will have access to mobile tablet devices with an easily navigable digital platform to put food services and nutritional information at their fingertips. This project has a special focus on African American seniors who have a high rate of nutrition related chronic conditions.
For more information contact: McCrae Parker, ZeroDivide, email@example.com
Capturing the Stories of Seniors Through the History Project
The History Project is a new digital storytelling platform where people can create meaningful and interactive narratives about their lives, their families, their neighborhoods, and more. The History Project is offering in-person support from trained writers and storytellers to San Francisco seniors to create their own history projects online. The History Project has particular relevance for seniors as a way to view and interact with their life stories and create the kind of intergenerational conversations that develop more closely-knit families and communities.
For more information contact: Niles Lichtenstein, The History Project, firstname.lastname@example.org
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