For Immediate Release: April 30, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org
Connect with Tech May 7 – 12
San Francisco Public Library teams up with 20+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide
San Francisco, CA – Free technology skill-building classes, a Tech Expo for resources and services and a host of innovative keynote speakers are all part of Connect with Tech Week, a citywide initiative spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library to promote online access and technology skill-building and to reduce digital disparities in our communities.
Connect with Tech Week, May 7-12, is organized by the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partner organizations. The public can attend a tech expo to learn about technology programs, training resources, new services and the latest products; participate in panel discussions exploring AI’s potential to help achieve a more inclusive workplace and the state of digital inclusion in San Francisco and attend a tech fair at the Tenderloin Tech Lab for free digital device repairs, coding and smartphone workshops and more. The Library’s TechMobile will be hosting 3D printing demonstrations.
More than 100,000 San Francisco residents lack Internet access at home and/or are not proficient at using the Internet and digital devices. As more basic services are moving online, many are left behind, especially seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families. They lack the knowledge or support to use the Internet and gain digital skills, and view the Internet as difficult, unsafe to use or irrelevant. Last year more than 2,000 people participated in this annual event; gaining knowledge and resources to help them in the ever increasing tech required world.
Tech training programs are offered all week throughout the Library system and partner locations. Programs range from basic computer skills to advanced coding classes and are taught by library staff, tech workers and industry professionals.
Connect with Tech Week programs are free and open to the public.
Tech Expo – May 10, 1- 3 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
Meet providers and tech organizations, participate in device giveaways and try out the latest tech gadgets.
Net Neutrality: Present and Future – May 8, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
An illuminating discussion of the meaning and future of net neutrality. Panelists include Ernesto Falcon, Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Conor Kennedy, Deputy Broadband Project Director at the SF Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic.
Pathways to Work: The Impact of AI on Recruitment and (Re)Training. – May 10, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
A panel exploring AI’s potential for discovering employment opportunities, increasing skills and reducing bias to achieve a workforce more inclusive of older adults and persons with disabilities.
The State of Digital Inclusion in San Francisco – May 11, 2:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
SF’s Digital Inclusion Officer presents the results of the City’s Digital Inclusion Survey, measuring digital technology access, usage and perception.
Tenderloin Tech Fair – May 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tenderloin Tech Lab, 150 Golden Gate Avenue
Free digital device repair, coding and smartphone workshops and more. Register at (415) 592-2766.
Learn Online — May 7, 3 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Learn about free or low cost online learning options to further your career and your personal goals. Presented by Upwardly Global.
Microsoft Accessibility Features – May 8, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Learn about features in Microsoft products that allow users to create products accessible for people with disabilities
Digital Parents – May 9, 12 – 5 p.m., Twitter NeighborNest, 96 Hayes Street
Learn strategies to help your child with schoolwork and keep them safe online. Presented by Twitter Neighbor Nest.
Health Portals and Online Health Tools – May 9, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Local health experts discuss the benefits of patient portals and other online health tools.
Digital Payments and Online Safety – May 9, 4:30 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Former Special Agent Dave Griesba talks about spammers, the mechanics of paying online, and other insider internet safety tips.
Use Tech to Grow Your Business – May 10, 3 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Join Square’s Customer Advocate Lead, Caty Kobe, as she shares tech tools and strategies to help you grow your business smartly and efficiently.
DigiSeniors – May 11, 12:30 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center
A computer training curriculum customized for seniors as an introduction to basic computing, Microsoft accessibility tools and resources, and recommendations for online safety and security.
Connect with Tech Week Radio PSA
Got Tech? Take the next step! Visit the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partnering organizations for a week full of free events that promote online access and technology skill building. Connect with Tech Week is May 7 – 12 and includes panel discussions, hands-on trainings and a tech expo. Visit sfpl.org/ConnectWithTech for more information and to view the complete schedule.