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Social Media Training in the International District

Seattle Chinatown International District PDA is looking for ways to help local merchants thrive. With $20,000 in support from the City’s Technology Matching Fund, the SCIDpda has begun educating local businesses on social media. The SCIDpda developed workshops with One Media Venture, a Seattle based-media and production company, on the basics of why social media is important and how neighborhood businesses can start using different social media platforms to improve economic growth and development. In March, five local […]

Getting Seniors Online – Tues 5/22,Live online from D.C.

Getting Seniors Online: May 22nd, 9 – 5 EDT (6 – 2 Pacific time) Join via The Benton Foundation and Connected Living will provide a live stream of Getting Seniors Online, a daylong exploration of the challenges and approaches to connecting the elderly in low-income communities to the benefits… [ Keep reading ]

Win Microsoft Goodies for Participating in Youth Questionnaire on Technology & Civic Engagement

The City of Seattle, Metrocenter YMCA and FUSE Labs Microsoft Research, are working together to get a better understanding of how people between the ages of 14 and 25 use technology for community or political activities with the goal of improving local community web sites such as Puget SoundOff. This… [ Keep reading ]

Look Back, Look Ahead

The City and our Community Technology staff personally feel very fortunate to be able to do our work; helping to ensure technology access and literacy for all. Our efforts to close the digital divide do more than put technology and access and skills into people’s hands. They level the playing… [ Keep reading ]

City offers Tech Grants for civic engagement and broadband adoption – Deadline: April 3

The City of Seattle is offering Technology Matching Fund grants up to $20,000 for projects that increase online civic engagement, broadband adoption, internet and digital media skills. The deadline for applying is April 3rd. These funds are available to Seattle community organizations to help close the digital divide, especially for vulnerable residents.

City to Award Tech Grants

The city is awarding $320,000 in technology grants to 23 community projects to close the digital divide and increase public engagement. See a list and descriptions of these tech access, literacy and e-civic engagement projects at and a map of the grantee organizations at These projects will reach thousands of residents with employment […]

TMF Success Stories – Alliance for People with DisAbilities

Alliance Hopes to Increase Empowerment and Rates of Employment for Disabled Population in King County With help from the Bill Wright Technology Matching fund, the Alliance of People with disAbilities invested in a new area of expertise this year, a tec…

TMF Success Stories: Denny Terrace

The Denny Terrace Computer Lab is a very unique computer learning center. First of all, it is a “mini-lab,” housing three computers, a printer, a scanner and a copier. Also, the lab is managed by residents of the Denny Terrace building. Finally, and most importantly, volunteers showed overwhelming support for the lab and far surpassed […]

Youth In Focus TMF Project Update

During Sept – July, Youth in Focus executed new digital photography projects with other local youth organizations,  Friends of the Children, Cleveland High School, Rainier Scholars, and Treehouse.  Over the course of the project, 50 youth used computers and technology in creative ways.   They gained the sense that technology is a tool to help them express themselves, […]

Neighborhood House TMF Project Update

During April – June, Neighborhood House has continued the Digital Connectors program at the Rainier Vista Computer Lab.  They also added an I-BEST Technology Bridge class provided by Seattle Central Community College and an ESL basic class taught by a volunteer.   Some of the students in the class included young men recently arrived from Eritrea […]