October Brainstorm Now Online!

The October issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  This month, table a look at Open Data to better understand the City’s budget.  You can also tune in to the Seattle Channel’s Seattle Speaks program and make your voice heard on, “Wage Worries.”

This month we also feature:

  • Look for city job postings on LinkedIN
  • Newest members of the City’s tech advisory board, Phillip Duggan and Dana Lewis
  • Opening of the Rainier Beach Computer Center
  • 2013 Seattle Channel Video Voters Guide
  • Get Online Seattle – Health & the Web
  • Tony Perez is the new president of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Enjoy!

September Brainstorm Now Online!

The September issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  In this month’s issue, we feature the Technology Matching Fund program featured on the Seattle Channel’s City Stream.  This month we also feature:

  • Seattle’s new smartphone app: Find It, Fix It
  • Information about Gigabit Squared
  • Seattle’s top 3 cable complaints
  • Web stats and analytics glossary

Enjoy!

Now’s the time to sign up for low cost Internet!

Are you looking for low-cost Internet and computer options? With schools being back in session, many classes are requiring online research, access to email and the ability to log in to the Source (how else can you see whether your child is actually making it to school?!?), it is more than ever necessary for us to be online.

Visit our Home Internet & Computers page where you can get contact and general information about the 4 providers in Seattle offering low cost Internet.

In the meantime, if you need to get on the Internet, you can visit our Free Public Computer Access page for a computer lab near you, offering open lab hours for community members.

August Brainstorm Now Online!

The August issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  In this month’s issue, we congratulate all 24 Technology Matching Fund recipients as their funding is approved by the City Council.  We had a great reception in the Norman B Rice room at City Hall following the event with Deputy Mayor Darrel Smith presenting each group with certificate.  View the pictures on our Flickr stream here

This month we also feature:

  • The City Web Team’s efforts at building resident-centered apps
  • Answers to your cable TV options
  • Maker culture in Seattle
  • BattleHack hack for good event this weekend
  • Seattle GiveCamp’s annual techies working spending a weekend with nonprofits
  • Gigabit Squared buys conduit from Zayo, their first major investment in its Seattle fiber to the premise project.

Enjoy!

Technology Matching Funds awarded to 24 community groups

 

Bruce Harrell with TMF award recipients

Over 70 community representatives  came to City Hall on Aug 7th to share about the amazing work they do helping  Seattle’s most vulnerable residents gain technology access and skills.  Councilmember  Bruce Harrell’s committee unanimously approved funding $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds to support their efforts.  From finding a job to thriving in school  “Technology is needed for everthing we do” said Eritrean community member, Kiflemariam Sequar, who plans to use the funds to provide a computer lab in the Central district.   Other groups are making an impact with projects that range from teaching youth about robotics, helping low vision seniors use assistive technology to developing  low power fm radio programs.

Yesler students from Big-Brained Superheros Club with Darryl Smith

Congratulations to all  our 2013 Technology Matching Fund Recipients!

  • Afrique Service Center
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Awareness and Recovery Institute
  • Barton Place Apartments
  • Big-Brained Superheroes Club
  • Consejo Couseling and Referral Service
  • Crown Hill Neighborhood Association
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Eritrean Community in Seattle & Vicinity
  • Ethiopian Community in Seattle
  • Filipino Community in Seattle
  • Hollow Earth Radio
  • Horn of Africa Services
  • Iu-Mien American Association
  • Jack Straw Foundation
  • Low Income Housing Institute
  • Neighborhood House
  • Powerful Voices
  • SightConnection
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • the Jefferson Terrace Computer Lab
  • Umoja PEACE Center
  • Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help

See full descriptions http://www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/Projects2013.htm

Miss the Low-Cost Internet & Computers Webinar? Get it Here

If you weren’t able to make it to the Low-Cost Internet and Computers webinar last week, you are in luck!

This webinar, hosted by City of Seattle Community Technology Program, with the Communities Connect Network/EdLab Group, included panelists from InterConnection, CenturyLink, Connect2Compete/EveryoneOn, and Solid Ground’s ConnectUp. Kate Farmer from Neighborhood House also shared their experience helping people sign up for the discounted service programs.

You can access the webinar here: http://bit.ly/lowcostinternet7-25

You can also visit Home Internet & Computers page, for information and contacts for these various programs.

Low Cost Internet & Computers Webinar, 7/25 @10:30 AM

What are the different options for residents to get low cost Internet (broadband) and a computer at home? What can non-profits do to refer people to the different programs?  Join us for the Home Internet & Computers for Low-Income Residents: A webinar for social service providers & community organizations tomorrow, July 25th 10:30-11:30 AM.

Four companies in our area (Comcast, CenturyLink, Mobile Citizen/InterConnection and Freedom Pop) are offering Internet service for low-income residents for approximately $10/month.  Most are also offering lower cost computers as well.  Learn about their guidelines and how non-profits can work with them to qualify people for the discounts. This webinar, hosted by City of Seattle Community Technology Program, with the Communities Connect Network/EdLab Group, will include panelists from InterConnection, CenturyLink, Connect2Compete/EveryoneOn, and Solid Ground’s ConnectUp. Kate Farmer from Neighborhood House will also share their experience helping people sign up for the discounted service programs.

If you are interested in participating, here are the webinar instructions:

BEFORE THE WEBINAR

Test your connection:

http://connectpro35337274.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

You will need simultaneous phone and Internet access.

1)      Go to: http://connectpro35337274.adobeconnect.com/ccnp

2)      Enter your first and last name and click <Enter Room>

3)      A webinar moderator will accept your request to enter the room.

4)      Connect to the conference call:

Call: 1-866-642-1665

Access Code: 596741

Contact our team if you have any questions or need clarification.

Mayor recommends projects to promote broadband, digital literacy

Mayor Mike McGinn is recommending 24 community based technology  projects for support through the City’s 2013 Technology Matching Fund. These broadband adoption and digital literacy projects are being forwarded to City Council.  See the list of projects and more information in the press release.

Mayor at Ethiopian Community in Seattle computer learning center

Mayor McGinn at the Ethiopian Community in Seattle computer learning center, a Technology Matching Fund recipient. The center is located in Rainier Beach.

Thanks to 2,931 Seattle residents!

A big THANK YOU to more than 2,900 residents who completed our residential technology survey!

Over the past few months, 803 people completed our random phone survey and 2,128 people took the survey online.  Thank you for caring about Seattle’s technological future and taking the time to tell us how we can communicate more effectively throughout the city.

Your survey responses will help guide the City of Seattle’s work on digital equity, broadband services, public outreach and engagement, cable franchising, the Seattle Channel, and the City’s web and social media.  We also hope your responses will be useful to community groups and educators, and others planning to deliver information and applications to our diverse residents.

If you’d like to receive a note when the results come out, email us at communitytechnology@seattle.gov.

THANK YOU.