The Digital Resource Fair will highlight and demonstrate the vast array of online resources available to enhance the lives of Austin residents. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with more than 20 community organizations; learn about computer classes and summer youth programs; and receive free one-on-one guidance on using Internet and computer services.
Exhibits at the fair will include the Boys and Girls Club showcasing its interactive photo booth using Makey Makey technology; Austin Independent School District helping parents with the district’s online resources; Austin Public Library demonstrating its virtual library and registering attendees for library cards; and much more. In addition, Austin Free-Net and Skillpoint Alliance will be giving away four desktop computers and 10 smartphones to a few lucky attendees.
About the Digital Divide
More than 60 million people across the United States aren’t connected to the internet. More than a third of these people don’t see the internet as relevant to their lives, while another third find the web difficult to use. The numbers are similar in Austin.
According to the City of Austin’s 2014 Austin Digital Assessment, approximately 44% of those who do not use the internet were not interested, 42% were without someone to teach them relevant skills, and 37% found the internet too difficult. To bring these people online, it’s important to demonstrate the value of the internet and teach them the skills they need to use it effectively.
“There are 55,000 adults in the Austin area who are disconnected from the digital community, and as a result, disconnected from career opportunities and resources to manage their lives,” said John Speirs, City of Austin’s Digital Inclusion Program Coordinator. “The first Digital Resource Fair is a joint effort of the community to expose the public to available online resources that will better their quality of life.”
WHO: Austin Free-Net, Skillpoint Alliance, the City of Austin, Google Fiber and Austin Community College
WHAT: A Digital Resource Fair to raise awareness within the Austin community of available online resources, featuring services from more than 20 community organizations, one-on-one guidance, and desktop and smartphone giveaways for attendees.
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHY: To raise awareness of online resources and engage Austin residents to participate in the digital community.
About Austin Free-Net:
Austin Free-Net is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and exists to provide technology training and access to the community, fostering skills that enable people to succeed in a digital age. For more information: http://austinfree.net/
About Skillpoint Alliance:
Skillpoint Alliance, a 501(c)3 social enterprise based in Austin, builds partnerships among industry, education and the community, leading to college and career success for Central Texans, while meeting employers’ needs for a qualified workforce. For more information: skillpointalliance.org
About Austin Community College:
Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills or advance their career. The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through noncredit programs. For more information: http://www.austincc.edu/
About the City of Austin
The City of Austin Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan initiates and supports community digital inclusion programs and services in partnership with other agencies, nonprofits and the private sector. The City also supports public access facilities supporting training, computers and frontline staff to assist residents with overcoming technological challenges. The City also provides funding to Austin-area non-profit organizations through its Grant for Technology Opportunities Program (GTOPs). For more information about the City of Austin’s Digital Inclusion Program, visit www.austintexas.gov/digitalinclusion or contact email@example.com.
About Google Fiber
Google Fiber is a super-fast Internet and TV service built on a fiber network. Super-fast downloads, TV like no other, and endless possibilities. Check for updates at fiber.google.com. To learn more about our community partnerships, go to fiber.google.com/community.
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