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The Seattle IT Vendor Forum is back: Register today!

Calling all technology companies that are interested in working with the City of Seattle! Join us at the 2023 Vendor Forum at Seattle City Hall and meet us face-to-face for the first time since 2019. Like many in-person events, our Vendor Forum has been on hiatus during the pandemic. Now… [ Keep reading ]

LISTEN: Seattle IT’s Interim CTO Jim Loter talks AI on GeekWire podcast

It’s been a big year for artificial intelligence (AI) so far. After the research laboratory Open AI released a preview of the AI chatbot ChatGPT in November 2022, public familiarity with AI software began to rise sharply. Tech companies scrambled to capitalize on the moment. By the end of February 2023, Microsoft… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Tech Access Study hits a milestone with more than 4,000 Responders

Almost 4200 residents completed the City of Seattle’s recent Technology Access and Adoption community survey. Thank you to all those residents. Your voice matters! With their responses, we now have data to tell the story of how connected and technologically healthy we are as a community, and where challenges to… [ Keep reading ]

Key Digital Equity Resolutions Passed by US Conference of Mayors

By Jim Loter, Interim Chief Technology Officer, Seattle Information Technology At the 91st meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend, Mayor Bruce Harrell’s Technology and Innovation Committee approved a number of important resolutions that were adopted by the organization. Two of these resolutions are… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s CiviForm tool named one of the 50 most transformative smart projects of 2023  

The City of Seattle’s CiviForm, a unified application tool, was named one of the 50 most transformative smart projects of 2023 by Smart Cities Connect. CiviForm is an open-source tool that makes it easier for residents and their trusted community-based organizations to find and apply to discount and benefit programs.  … [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Channel wins 5 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards 

NEWS RELEASE FROM SEATTLE CHANNEL  Seattle Channel recognized for storytelling in arts/entertainment, diversity equity inclusion, and more!  SEATTLE (June 5, 2023) Seattle Channel is the recipient of five Northwest Emmy Awards in the categories of arts/entertainment, business/consumer, diversity equity inclusion, human interest, and video essayist. The winning programs include an Art Zone… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle IT’s work to support the One Seattle Day of Service

In April, Mayor Harrell announced that this year’s One Seattle Day of Service will take place on Saturday, May 20. This is a City-sponsored event that invites every Seattle neighbor to roll up their sleeves, come together, and give back to the community by signing up for a volunteer opportunity… [ Keep reading ]

Are you interested in serving on the City of Seattle’s Community Surveillance Working Group?

The City of Seattle is looking for volunteers to serve on the Community Surveillance Working Group (CSWG). The seven-member work group advises the Council and the Mayor’s Office on matters of surveillance technology from a community perspective. The Surveillance Ordinance took effect in 2018 and provides greater transparency to the… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle announces Digital Equity Grant Funding Opportunities

2023 applications for digital equity grant opportunities from the City of Seattle are now open for organizations and community groups looking to help close the digital divide. This year, the City is offering $545,000 for qualifying projects with Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grants. TMF grants of up to $45,000 will… [ Keep reading ]

Coming soon: 2023 Technology Matching Fund grant applications open Feb. 13

The City of Seattle’s annual digital equity grant application process is set to open Monday, February 13, 2023. This year, $545,000 is available for Technology Matching Fund (TMF) grants. A minimum of $90,000 will be allocated to digital navigator projects. The grant application cycle will be open for non-profits and… [ Keep reading ]