The SF Tech Council’s Connectivity + Initiative builds on our collective knowledge and takes action to better integrate technology into the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. These projects help make connectivity “real” for seniors and adults with disabilities by increasing access to internet- enabled devices, digital literacy training and technical support that meets their needs.
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Connectivity + Initiative Projects by the SF Tech Council
Supporting the City’s efforts to solicit, refurbish and redeploy computers to organizations that serve seniors and adults with disabilities. Through the Tech Council, with support from the SF Digital Equity pilot and Tech Exchange, 46 refurbished computers from the DAAS SF Connected Program have been deployed to 11 SF nonprofits. Another eight have been made available through The Specialists Guild, and other city departments have offered to contribute computers to this project as well.
Basic Digital Training & Tools
Exploring ways to expand digital training and resources through collaboration, events/activities, a focus on neighborhoods and leveraging resources. The My Passport to the Digital World pilot launched at Connect with Tech Week 2018. Seniors and adults with disabilities will find fun and inspirational opportunities to learn about the many things they can do online and ways to develop new skills at their own pace.
Tech Support and Repair
Exploring improved equipment support and repair options at home and at community computer labs, senior centers and other sites. This project is working with the Basic Digital Training & Tools team to leverage both teams’ expertise and resources.
San Francisco Public Library’s Connect with Tech Week
The public library’s Connect with Tech Digital Inclusion Week took place from May 7-12. It brought together the SF Tech Council, city residents, community organizations, tech companies, businesses, city government and others as sponsors, organizers, leaders and trainers. The Tech Council was a sponsor, planning team member and Tech Expo exhibitor, helping lead efforts to advance digital learning and increase awareness and knowledge of technology resources in San Francisco.
Increased Affordable Internet Access
Promoting and supporting internet access to affordable internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast Internet Essentials, AT&T Access and local providers like Monkeybrains. This team is working with the Committee on Information Technology to provide feedback and assistance as it prepares to launch its Digital Equity site with this and other important information and other important information in its Digital Equity Playbook.
Leveraged Visibility, Data, Advocacy & Funding
Utilizing Tech Council expertise and connections to increase visibility, secure data, inspire advocacy and identify funding sources for Tech Council projects. Goals include advocating for digital inclusion, helping city departments address the technology needs of the seniors and people with disabilities they serve, increasing intersections with the business community, and build new partnerships among the government, public and nonprofit sectors.
In bringing together non-profits and community service providers with government and the private sector, we can move our City forward, making sure everyone is connected and no one gets left behind.-Jeremy Wallenberg