Connect with Tech May 7 – 12
San Francisco Public Library teams up with 20+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide
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.
The full schedule of more than 60 events and classes is available here and at sfpl.org/ConnectWithTech.
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
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.
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