Connect with Tech Week: Talks and Panels

Connect with Tech Logo: San Francisco, 2019

Come hear about the past, present and potential of technology. All events are free! No registration unless indicated.

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Monday, May 6. Spam and Digital Payments. Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 2:30-4 pm. Presented by Dave Griesbach.

A former federal Special Agent discusses spammers, the mechanics of paying online, and other insider internet safety tips.

Monday, May 6. Avoid Scams and Spies. Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 4:30-5:30 pm. Presented by Gennie Gebhart, EFF.

Learn about common internet scams and privacy invasions – and how to protect yourself while using your device or going online. We’ll also explore free apps and tools from EFF to give yourself an online privacy tune-up.

Monday, May 6. Become a Salesforce Administrator. Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 3:30-5 pm. Presented by JVS.

An introduction to Salesforce Administration, what careers require it, and how you can  get trained and certified.

Tuesday, May 7. Connect with Tech History & Technology Merge. Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6-7:30 pm. Presented by San Francisco Historical Society, Kasey Smith, Chris Arvin.

Meet the creators of tech apps using interactive mapping and other technologies to connect users with San Francisco History.

Urban Ore: MUNI The San Francisco Historical Society presents SF Urban Ore, an app which explores San Francisco’s hidden history along popular MUNI routes.

San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project The San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project is an interactive map, photo gallery, and walking tour series maintained by artist Kasey Smith. The project is dedicated to documenting, researching, and mapping the history and locations of all of San Francisco’s historic handpainted signage.Smith creates site specific installations, performances, and art events with a focus on the ephemerality of the cityscape. Presented by Kasey Smith, an artist creating social practice pieces, site specific installations, and performances events with a focus on the ephemerality of the cityscape.

The Bay Area's Lost STREETCARS Explore maps of where historic streetcar routes went and browse thousands of historic photos from San Francisco’s Mission District to the hills of Oakland. Presented by Chris Arvin- designer, problem solver and storyteller.

Wednesday, May 8. Use Tech to Grow Your Business. Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 2:30-3:30 pm. Presented by Caty Kobe, Square Customer Advocate Lead.

Join Square's Customer Advocate Lead, Caty Kobe, as she shares tech tools and strategies to help you grow your business smartly and efficiently. Whether you're just getting started or considering a business change, technology can give you back precious time. Caty will also discuss common concerns that small businesses encounter and how to successfully overcome them.

Wednesday, May 8. How Much Technology Do You Really Need? Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 6-7:30 pm.

Are you wondering if you need technology in your life? And if so, how much? Join us for this one and a half hour discussion. Topics will include computers, the internet, smart phones, media, and more. There will also be time for a question and answer session.

Thursday, May 9. Start Your Technology Career. Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 11:30-12:30 pm. Presented by TechSF.

TechSF provides opportunities for anyone interested in a career in technology. From the exploratory tech learner to the well-versed programmer who is looking to gain a competitive edge, TechSF has opportunities for up-skilling and job placement available. Learn more about our network of training and employment services.

Thursday, May 9. Startup and Start Change. WeWork 995 Market, 6-7:30 pm. Presented by City Innovate.

Startups can change the world! This panel will discuss how to grow a business that addresses problems in your community. Hear from regional experts and civic do-gooders who are helping to support entrepreneurs develop businesses that have a positive impact on local communities.

Welcoming remarks by:

  • Jay Nath, Co-Executive Director, City Innovate

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Scott Mauvais, Director of Technology and Innovation, Microsoft
  • Leila Banijamali, CEO, Symbium
  • Amardeep 'Dee' Prasad, Director of Partnerships, City & County of San Francisco Office of Civic Innovation
  • Jack Mahoney, Civic Participation Program Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Leah Wiggs, STIR Program Director, City Innovate

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Friday, May 10. Assistive Technology. Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 3:30-4:30 pm. Presented by Independent Living Resource Center.

Learn about Assistive Technology that can help you use computers and perform everyday tasks. The Independent Living Resource Center will explain how to sign up for the free Nick Feldman device lending library, which includes tablets and laptops with assistive technology software -- and even technology to help with everyday tasks like cooking. Presenters will also discuss the Economic Empowerment program.

Saturday, May 11. Basics of Digital Photo Organizing. Main Library, DIGI Center, 3-4 pm.

Do you have photos cluttering up your phone, laptop or in an old shoe box? These memories are in danger of being lost to time. This presentation will introduce participants to solutions for organizing, protecting and enjoying their photos. Library staff will help patrons organize, back up and share their print and digital memories.

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