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December brainstorm eZine now online

Posted: December 5th, 2013 - Citizen Advisors, Community Technology, News  

The December Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine, is now online. View it here.

This month, we feature:

  • 2013 Brainstorm Survey;
  • Seattle Channel’s new mobile app;
  • Seattle hosts National League of Cities Congress & digital inclusion workshop;
  • Iu-Mien American Association’s new computer literacy program;
  • Seattle Public Library’s Tech Impact survey
  • Seattle the top Twitter trendsetter in US; and
  • Much, much more!

Contribute announcements and articles to vicky.yuki@seattle.gov or call Vicky at 206-233-7877 to discuss an article idea.

Enjoy!

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City of Seattle Director named NATOA President

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 - News  

Tony Perez, the Director of the Office of Cable Communications in the City of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology was recently chosen by his peers to serve as the President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) at their annual meeting in Orlando.

“I’m honored to serve as the President of NATOA,” said Perez of his presidency. “These are exciting times. We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is fundamentally changing the communications industry. The convergence of increased computing power and internet protocol is transforming traditional services like cable and voice into internet applications and enabling a revolution in mobile communications. As computing power and storage capacity increase, and become less expensive, the pace of change will accelerate.

“These advances have the potential to lead to increased consumer choice and better, more innovative services across a variety of platforms. However, they also present serious challenges to the interests of all local communities because the public interest benefits historically associated with traditional communications services may not survive this transformation. I look forward to working with NATOA members, other national organizations, the communications industry and the FCC to ensure that the social compact between communications providers and the communities they serve is preserved in an all IP environment.”

NATOA is the leading local government professional association that advises and supports its members on the many local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and technology issues impacting the interests of local governments.

Perez has served on the NATOA board of Directors for the last four years where he co-chaired the Community Broadband and Conference Planning committees. In addition to his work with NATOA, he also serves on the Federal Communications Commission Committee for Diversity in Communications in the Digital Age (Diversity Committee). The Diversity Committee makes recommendations to the FCC regarding policies and practices that will further enhance the ability of minorities and women to participate in telecommunications and related industries.

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Iu-Mien American Association Launches a New Computer Literacy Program

Posted: December 1st, 2013 - Brainstorm  

IuMienWith support from the Technology Matching Fund to install state-of-the-art laptops, Iu-Mien now provides computer access at their Southeast Seattle location.

Volunteers play a key role in providing computer instruction for those looking to become more employable in the market place. Upcoming trainings include Computer and Internet Basics, Email, YouTube, Facebook, Craigslist and Microsoft Word. They also offer computer tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children ages Kindergarten through high school enrolled in their After School Enrichment program.

For more information on the project, contact Vuen Pahn at vuen.pahn@gmail.com (425) 814-7845 IMAA Community Center, 3925 S Bozeman St., Seattle, WA 98118. Iu-Mien American Association is a non-profit organization that empowers its members by providing resources, training, and networking opportunities for its members to help them adapt to American society while preserving the Mien heritage.

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Save the Date: Tech Matching Grant deadline March 12

Posted: December 1st, 2013 - Brainstorm  

Stay tuned for more information on www.seattle.gov/tech/tech. Application will be available in January. Funding for technology literacy, access and civic engagement projects.

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Get Online Seattle provides health and wellness resources

Posted: November 15th, 2013 - Citizen Advisors, Community Technology, News, Seattle Communities Online  

The City of Seattle recently launched “Get Online Seattle,” a digital literacy campaign created to provide residents with the necessary skills to navigate the internet and find content relevant to their needs.

Each quarter, the Get Online Seattle campaign will focus on a different content area, helping Seattle residents get online and successfully use the internet as an everyday resource. The current campaign focuses on health, providing easy-to-use online health resources and tips on how evaluate health websites. The campaign will continue through December.

“We spend a lot of time in the community and have found that the Get Online Seattle campaign is a resource that really resonates with our neighbors,” said Erin Devoto, Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer. “Working with our partners we’re able to pass along valuable internet safety messages and also tout what a valuable resource the internet can be. Research has shown us that adults who don’t use the internet don’t think the internet is relevant to them and their needs. This education campaign helps to change that perception.”

Get Online Seattle education materials also promote options for affordable home internet and locations with free access to computers and the internet.

Visit www.seattle.gov/getonline for more information about the health campaign, resources and tips for use. Posters and leaflets are also available via the web site or by calling 206-233-7877.

The Get Online Seattle health campaign is run by the City of Seattle’s Community Technology Program in partnership with the City’s Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board, Seattle Public Library, Associated Recreation Council’s RecTech Computer Centers, Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens’ Seniors Training Seniors Program, and Public Health of Seattle/King County.

January’s Get Online Seattle campaign will focus on employment resources.

The City of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology’s Community Technology Program works to ensure all residents have the opportunity to access online city services and get online for civic participation, education, and employment. For more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/tech/.

 

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November Brainstorm hot off the presses!

Posted: November 15th, 2013 - Citizen Advisors, Community Technology, News, Seattle Communities Online  

The November issue of Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology Program eZine is now online. View it here.  This month features Get Online Seattle Health & the Web.  You can also encourage talented youth in your community to submit an entry for Youth Voices Against Violence Audio Contest.

This month we also feature:

  • Filipino Community Center’s STEAM lab program for low income youth;
  • Washington Law Help’s online self-help legal resources;
  • New materials for both students and teachers on DigitalLearn.org;
  • Technology Alliance’s new Developer Academy for Women; and
  • Much, much more!

Contribute announcements and articles to vicky.yuki@seattle.gov or call Vicky at 206-233-7877 to discuss an article idea.

Enjoy!

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Filipino Community Center Offers a STEAM Lab Program for Low Income Youth

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 - Brainstorm  
STEAM Lab, an acronym for  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in progress.

STEAM Lab, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in progress.

The Filipino Community of Seattle is offering a technology instruction project for up to 50 youths starting this Fall.  The program is called STEAM Lab, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.  It will expose kids to computer literacy and robotics.  Students will also learn essential life skills training, collaboratively working in project-based teams, and developing problem solving skills.

Inspiring Technology Careers

The organization hopes to raise awareness not only about the challenges that face low income youth, but also about the opportunities available to those who pursue STEAM based careers, jobs with a growing demand in Seattle and around the world. “The hard work of improving those young lives and unlocking their potential is the goal” said Jon Madamba, project manager. The project helps low-income, immigrant, at-risk students in grades 8-12 located in Rainier valley, kids who traditionally don’t get the chance to consider careers in the technology field. Madamba himself, is currently employed in the high-tech software industry. He hopes to break down the barriers for these students of color to take computer-based classes at their schools and seriously consider high tech careers. Madamba will bring in other tech professionals to serve as mentors and secure real work experiences for the students in local companies.

Robotics and Computer Refurbishing

Partners on the project include RaaSIO, which will provide robotics training, and Free Geek Seattle, a technology non-profit focused on sustainable computing. Free Geek volunteers will train participants on how to refurbish computers and use free open-source software operating systems. The Filipino Community Center is accepting donations of old, unused desktop or laptop computers for the program. Interested corporate, government, or individual donors can schedule a donation drop off here.

Students who are interested in joining this STEAM Lab program, can call (206) 722-9372. The after-school classes will take place over 12 weeks at the Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way, and East African Community Services, 7054 32nd Ave South.  The classes will use a portable technology media lab equipped with laptops, electronics, and robotics hardware.

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October Brainstorm Now Online!

Posted: October 8th, 2013 - Brainstorm, Citizen Advisors, Community Technology, News  

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!

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September Brainstorm Now Online!

Posted: September 5th, 2013 - Brainstorm, Citizen Advisors, Community Technology, News  

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!

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

Posted: September 4th, 2013 - Community Technology  

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.

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