On July 20, 2016, the San Francisco Tech Council’s Milestone Event at the SF Public Library celebrated the Council’s progress, accomplishments and plans for the future as it works to bridge the digital divide that that still exists in San Francisco for too many seniors and adults with disabilities.
The SF Tech Council began with a 2014 stakeholder survey. Across all participants, one of the strongest survey findings was that closing San Francisco’s digital divide requires collaborating across many sectors. In 2015, to increase these opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, leaders from the technology and business communities, city agencies, community-based organizations, philanthropy, academia, and healthcare came together to form the SF Tech Council. This multi-stakeholder group that has been meeting regularly at the Netherlands Consulate General ever since to share ideas, network, and support projects that address the digital divide.
In the Council’s first year, it secured funding for catalyst grants to five nonprofit organizations expanding digital initiatives. Active Workgroups have taken on projects and explorations of ways to best use the Council’s collaborative approach to planning and problem-solving. Looking toward the future, leaders of the SF Tech Council shared this inspiring information and more with those who attended. We invite you to see pictures of the event below and view a powerpoint that highlights the history and accomplishments so far.
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