For Immediate Release: April 12, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org
Connect with Tech May 7 – 12
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.