Discovery Projects explore how the Tech Council’s diverse expertise can help nonprofits achieve their goals and maximize their impact across the neighborhoods they serve. Through multi-sector, ethnographic research, Tech Council teams observe programs, interview participants, and brainstorm areas of opportunity. Their observations and opportunities are then analyzed to create cross-sector solutions for the host organizations.
Curry Senior Center – Project Senior Vitality
The Tech Council’s first Discovery Project at Curry Senior Center explored ways to advance the Senior Vitality program, a training initiative to help seniors use technology to improve their health and well-being. The 10-member Tech Council team identified three multi-sector opportunity areas: partnerships for equipment set-up and troubleshooting, teaching tools, and teaching support and best practices. Solutions to these opportunities were expanded by the full Tech Council for further exploration.
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.
Dr. George Davis Senior Center & Housing
The Tech Council’s second Discovery Project is underway at Bayview Senior Services.
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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