Connect with Tech Week May 5 – 11

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

Connect with Tech Week May 5 – 11  
San Francisco Public Library teams up with 30+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide   

San Francisco, CA – More than 70 tech programs will be offered in May across the city for everyone to learn a new skill, explore groundbreaking technology and have fun. Four tech fairs and hands-on workshops for caregivers, seniors and job seekers are among the highlights of Connect with Tech Week, a citywide initiative spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library to promote online access and tech skills and to reduce digital disparities in our communities.

Connect with Tech Week, May 5-11, is organized by the San Francisco Public Library and more than 30 partner organizations. The public can attend a tech expo to learn about free resources, exciting new gadgets and the latest in Assistive Technology; participate in a photo walk in the Mission on Cinco de Mayo; and meet creators of tech apps that use interactive mapping to discover forgotten history of San Francisco. One-on-one computer help will also be available at certain branches all week.

More than 100,000 San Francisco residents are not proficient at using the Internet and digital devices. As more basic services such as housing applications and job searching move online, many are left behind, especially seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families. Last year more than 2,000 people participated in this annual event, gaining knowledge and resources to help them navigate our increasingly digital world.

Tech training programs will be offered all week throughout the Library system and partner locations. Programs range from basic computer skills to succeeding as a freelancer in a gig economy, and are taught by library staff, tech workers and industry professionals.

The full schedule of events and classes is available at sfpl.org/ConnectWithTech.

Connect with Tech Week programs are free and open to the public.

April 16, 2019