At the May 17th Tech Council meeting, members, guests and supporters gathered to explore strategic initiatives for
the Council over the next couple of years. Here are the meeting’s highlights:
Planning Ahead. Meeting participants discussed a multi-stakeholder Connectivity “+” (Plus) Campaign to advocate for and expand the availability of technology training, education, equipment and support for seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to addressing gaps and identifying innovative ideas in these areas, the discussion facilitated by Diane Krantz included the potential to strengthen the City’s aim to promote universal connectivity in San Francisco. Tech Council members will address project goals, challenges, design, outcomes, partners, leadership, and funding during June.
People + Moore’s Law + The Cloud. The meeting’s featured speaker was Gretchen Addi, formerly of IDEO and now a consultant and Designer-in-Residence at Aging2.0. Gretchen’s thought-provoking topic focused on the disconnect between the potential of technology to positively impact the lives of older adults and the culture lag in promoting and adopting technology by both businesses and consumers.
Digital Inclusion Week. Tech Council meeting participants celebrated SF Public Library’s amazing and successful Digital Inclusion Week! Over 1,500 people participated in the week’s events, attending 57 programs at 20 locations – the main library, branches and partner organizations. Twenty-two organizations staffed display tables at the Tech Expo. The library is looking forward to Digital Inclusion Week 2018!
And more … In other meeting activities, the Tech Council:
- Elected new member Kyra Geithman, Digital Content Manager with the SF Chamber of Commerce.
- Reviewed the presentation made by Nicole Bohn, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Disability, at the 5/4/17 Access & Learning Workgroup meeting. Nicole’s presentation, Technology and People with Disabilities: Resources, Rewards and Realities in San Francisco, provided a comprehensive overview of issues related to technology for people with disabilities. Following the presentation, the Workgroup discussed what the Tech Council can do to support the technology needs of people with disabilities. A panel on technology and disability is being planned for the July 19 Tech Council meeting.
The next full Tech Council is Wednesday, July 19th. Contact Tech Council Consultant, Susan Poor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information.