Community Technology Symposium







   Laura Morrison, Austin City Council

On January 12th, 2010 Austin Connects hosted a Community Technology Symposium to educate, share information and build a cooperative plan on how best to serve Austin. The event featured opening and welcome from Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison followed by Key Note Speaker David Keyes, the City of Seattle’s Community Technology Manager on defining community technology.








               Key Note Speaker – David Keyes

Over 90 participants shared a day of education, networking and camaraderie. Keynote speaker David Keyes’s presentation was informative, entertaining and engaging as he shared the secrets of Seattle’s winning Community Technology program. Participants also learned about technology barriers to health care, legal resources for the underserved, challenges to disabled students in our schools, trends in workforce development and the upcoming City residential technology survey. The afternoon also included break out groups on user generated topics ‘engaging youth participation’, ‘computer recycling’ and ‘outreach to engage reluctant Internet users.’ All three groups presented their ideas to the group at large including action items to be posted on the Austin Connects website. The day concluded with thoughts on how Austin Connects may serve the needs of the participants going forward and a request to fill out a brief survey.







                                     TweetUp at Aloft

The final stage of the symposium was a “TweetUp” and happy hour at the Aloft in the Domain.

The setting was modern and comfortable with attentive bar staff and amazing food, so popular that the hotel struggled to keep it replenished. More connections were made, stories shared and a great time was had by all.

To see videos of three of the presentations, including the Keynote, visit the Video page.

For more photos see our on-line photo album.