Michael Mattmiller is new chief technology officer

michaelmattmillerMayor Ed Murray has named Michael Mattmiller as Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer.  He came to the City after positions as a senior strategist at Microsoft  and seven years as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in D.C. He took over from interim CTO Sabra Schneider.

Mattmiller is in charge of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT), including
the City’s main data center, Seattle.gov web site, The Seattle Channel, the City’s fiber, data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network, cable franchises, Community Technology Program and technology oversight and planning.

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Making online connections for your job search

You probably have a number of people who are willing to share job announcements when they see them.  Have you thought about moving those connections online?  While employers are looking for you, they also want to see who you know and how they may already be connected with you.  They often do this to see if you will be a good “fit” for their employment “family.”  We often spend more time at work than anywhere else, so a good fit is important and one way to see this is through your online connections.

Many people are using LinkedIn.com, to network online.  Here you can post your profile information, which includes past jobs, your photo, and your interest areas both personal and professional.  You can also connect to others through your email accounts and encourage them to endorse your skills, while you endorse theirs.

Here are few extra steps you can take to help you successfully build an online network:

  • Create an email signature with a link to your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media tools you use to connect with others.
  • Build your network by inviting your email contacts to connect with you through LinkedIn, Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • Keep communicating with the connections you make. Networking is a two-way street, both online and offline.

Interested in more tips for making online connections?  Visit http://seattle.gov/getonline for more information and resources for your online job search.

Tech Cetera

Check out the Seattle Channel’s new show, Tech Cetera. It focuses on technology and Seattle’s geek culture.   It highlights the City’s thriving tech sector from the billion-dollar big players to the small startups next door.  On the premiere episode host Natasha Jones looks at programs that teach kids to code and survey apps designed to make your life easier. Plus, she talks with the City`s new startup liaison, Rebecca Lovell, who is overseeing the Seattle Startup program, which aims to promote the region as a startup destination, support small startups and reach under-served communities in the sector.

Watch it here.

Tech adoption study shows differences for people with disabilities

The Seattle Technology Access and Adoption study 9Seattle.gov/tech/indicators)  revealed some important details about use of technology by people with disabilities. Here are a few of those findings:
• Among computer users, those with a disability are less likely to own a laptop or a netbook (63  percent vs. 80 percent). They are also less likely to have a smartphone (50 percent vs. 64 percent).
• People with and without disabilities are equally interested in super high speed Internet access applications, but disabled residents were more interested in medical appointments (82 percent vs. 62 percent).
• Disabled residents were less confident that financial transactions over the Internet are secure and private.
• They were equally likely to use the Internet to get information about health or medical conditions, legal or consumer rights, local schools, or make a donation to a charity. People without a disability were more likely to use the Internet to find a job or job training (65 percent vs. 50 percent), purchase products or services online (92 percent vs. 82 percent), attend an online class, meeting, or webinar (53 percent vs. 26 percent), look for answers to computer problems (79 percent vs. 54 percent), work from home (68 percent vs. 56 percent) or visit Seattle Public Schools (56 percent vs. 41 percent). Computer users with a disability use the Internet for fewer purposes than those without a disability (5.7 vs. 7.2).
• Computer users with a disability are less likely to use email “often” (58 percent vs. 90 percent) or Facebook (29 percent vs. 43 percent).
• Technology is vital to people with disabilities and can enable them to function more fully and more independently.
See more about the findings by searching for disabilities in our Technical report, and by reading the disabilities community focus group report.

Quick tips when using windows 8.1

When using Windows 8, the layout is quite different than what you expect.  Windows 8 was designed to be used with a touch screen following the layout of most Smart Phones today.  To switch back and forth quickly from the new screen to a more familiar  screen, press the windows button:


How to find things

In windows 8, if you move your mouse to the bottom right hand corner of the screen, a window with five items will come up. Selecting the search option will allow you to search for anything on your computer.

Hacking events have an impact in Seattle

Two big hacking events took place in May: Hack to End Homelessness (May 1-4) and Hack for Change (May 31). More than 110 developers came together to work on 19 projects, from air quality visualizations, mapping homeless trends, bicycle and pedestrian counters, ecommerce app to promote the sales of clothing art, social media home for those without one and more.

Hack to End Homelessness project can be found here.

Hack for Change project results can be found here.

If you are interested in future hacking events, including weekly civic hacking nights, and hackathons, join the Code for Seattle meetup group here.

Strengthening Collaborations to Close Opportunity Gaps for Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

The Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team is interested in supporting collaborative efforts and coalitions that are established and led by low-income communities and communities of color. The goal is to help drive long-term changes focused on closing the opportunity gap through authentic partnerships and leadership from the most affected communities. Approximately $600,000 in grants will be awarded annually to accomplish this objective. Attend a July 10 online information session from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.


Deadline: August 1

Communities of Opportunity

In order to improve health, social, racial and economic equity, King County government and The Seattle Foundation co-launched the Communities of Opportunity Initiative in early 2014. This effort is being developed in partnership with community residents and groups, city governments, policymakers, and other funders and partners. By working towards community-identified goals in the places with today’s greatest need and changing policies, systems and practices to prevent inequity in the first place, we will contribute to a healthy community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

Deadline: July 18, 5:00 p.m.