The City of Seattle is making great strides in improving transparency and public access to data. The City’s data.seattle.gov site now offers over 440 datasets generated by various City departments and agencies. Recent datasets available online include Ethnic Media, City-Sponsored Events, 2nd Ave Cycle Track Count, Potholes Repair Efficiency, and Bus Ridership.
Middle and high school students and their families! Participate in hands-on activities and visit research labs to find out what computing is all about! Students and faculty from UW’s computing majors will introduce you to the broad range of problems computing can address. Representatives from local technology companies will show cool demos and tell you why they love their jobs.
UW Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (free parking after noon on Saturdays!), 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event and participate in one-hour tutorials, available in more than 40 languages. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
There are many student-guided and teacher-guided one-hour tutorials to kick off the Hour of Code. Many new tutorials are being added daily, but here are some that will be available December 7:
- Minecraft Hour of Code (http://code.com/mc)
- Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code (http://hourofcode.com/sw)
- Write your first computer program (http://hourofcode.com/code)
If you’d like to host an Hour of Code event or you are interested in participating yourself, visit Code.org (https://code.org) for more details.
Are you interested in the renewal of Comcast’s Seattle cable franchise? Here are some ways you can participate in the public hearing process and provide comments on the proposed legislation to approve the franchise (Council Bill 118549):
- Attend the public hearing on Thursday, November 12th at 2:00 pm (location: Seattle City Hall).
- Watch the public hearing live at 2:00pm on The Seattle Channel (Channel 21) or via the Seattle Channel website: Seattle Channel live
- Watch the recorded public hearing later on The Seattle Channel website: Seattle Channel Recent Event Videos
- Email comments on the proposed franchise to Councilmember Bruce Harrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or all Councilmembers at email@example.com.
- Send comments to Councilmember Bruce Harrell, City of Seattle Legislative Department, PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025
Written comments on the proposed ordinance will be accepted until 5:00 pm on November 30, 2015.
Questions regarding the public hearing process should be directed to Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s office by calling (206) 684-8804.
For other information related to the Comcast cable franchise renewal, visit the Office of Cable Communications Franchise Renewal page or call them at (206) 684-8498.
The Seattle Public Library and the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) are proud to launch “Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software” for low vision and blind patrons.
New accessibility software will be available on public computers at every Library location. All computer workstations will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users.
To learn more about the software and kits, everyone is invited to attend an “Access for All” technology open house this fall. The open houses will be happening at Library locations across the city from Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 19. Free parking is available at the branch library locations. Parking in the Central Library’s parking garage is $6 after 5:00 p.m. and will be covered for attendees of the LEAP technology open house.
At the open houses, Library staff will give patrons hands-on access to computers with the assistive software. They will also demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits. Dates, times and locations for the “Access for All” technology open houses are as follows.
- 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Level 1, LEAP Lab, Room 167, 206-386-4636.
- 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Level 1, LEAP Lab, Room 167, 206-386-4636.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455.
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.
The “Access for All” kits and software are generously supported by the Safeco Insurance Fund’s “Access for All” inclusion grant and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
There’s not much worse than dealing with a computer, phone or tablet that’s acting up, especially when you realize the repair is beyond your ability and you need to go to a professional. Repairs can be costly, but fortunately for us, they do not have to be. Seattle nonprofit InterConnection offers computer, tablet and phone repairs for a fraction of the cost of what for-profit repair shops charge.
At InterConnection the diagnostic fee is only $40. After you get your computer, smartphone or tablet diagnosed, if you decide to have it repaired your $40 diagnostic fee goes towards the price of your repair. If your computer happens to be unrepairable, your diagnostic fee can go towards the cost of a new computer at InterConnection. They also offer a 20 percent discount on repairs to those who qualify as low-income, and $5 off repairs when you show a school ID.
Not only will you get a great deal on any repair you need, but when you shop at InterConnection you are helping their mission of making technology accessible to underserved individuals in both the Seattle community and around the world.
CTAB (Community Technology Advisory Board) welcomes Iga Fikayo Keme as its newest member filling the Get Engaged position.
Iga is enthusiastic about serving on the Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB). She understands that due to the constantly changing technology landscape, technology legislation is bringing significant changes to how our society operates. She is eager to use her business development skills and expanding knowledge in technology law to be of service to the City of Seattle. Iga is an attorney specializing in contracts and business transactions, but is shifting her focus to a career in technology and innovation. In growing her knowledge of this field, she has had the opportunity to assist with Seattle’s Annual Technology Law Conference, as well as Seattle’s Annual Cybersecurity Conference.
Iga grew up in a diverse community in Southern California where civic engagement was highly encouraged. She currently volunteers with a community organization that assist low-income residents with housing issues, and is a mentor to at-risk youth living in South Seattle. She previously worked and volunteered for a variety of organizations including GoodWill GoodGuides, America Reads America Counts, and the National Education Association. Iga received her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Political Science and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2008), and her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014).
No more payments/equipment will be accepted at Central Neighborhood Service Center.
Beginning September 2015, the City’s Central Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S Jackson St, will no longer accept Comcast cable payments or equipment drops.
Comcast has ended its contract with the City’s Neighborhood Service Center and opened a new downtown cable service center that will now accept payments and equipment. Here are the new service center details:
Comcast (Xfinity) Store (Downtown)
900 Lenora St, Suite 116 (on the corner of Westlake and 9th Avenue)
Seattle, WA 98121
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Comcast customers who used the Central Neighborhood Service Center can now visit the new downtown cable store, which opened in August 2015. For more information on the new site, see Comcast Opens Xfinity Store in Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood.
Comcast also has a North Seattle service center that can accept payments and equipment.
Comcast Service Center (North Seattle)
12645 Stone Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
If you have questions about the Central Neighborhood Service Center change or need help resolving an issue with your cable company, contact Seattle’s Office of Cable Communications at (206) 684-8498 or through our online Cable Issue Service Request Form.
The City of Seattle is pleased to present the Digital Equity Initiative Action Plan: Phase One – Building the Foundation. The vision, principles and goals were developed through community input in the first phase of the project, which included in-depth stakeholder interviews, four roundtable discussions throughout the City, our Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB), and feedback from a City of Seattle interdepartmental team and an external Digital Equity Action Committee working together. You can view the report here and read more about the Digital Equity Initiative here.
Please keep checking back as we will be reporting on our work as we further define strategies and prepare to implement in 2016.
The City is wrapping up the first phase of work on a Digital Equity Initiative. A draft vision statement, principles and goals have been developed with the tremendous help so far from 17 interviewees, four community roundtables and a team from multiple departments with a community, education, faith and industry Digital Equity Action Committee. See the draft on our Digital Equity web site. Over the next six months, we will be identifying and assessing specific strategies for implementation. Look for this late in the year or to be announced with a splash early next year. Starting next month, we will also be accepting comments and ideas for action the City and community together can take to move digital equity forward in Seattle. Two Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) committees (Digital Inclusion and Cable and Broadband) are using their meetings to generate and discuss ideas. The public is welcome to participate in these. Contact David.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or sign up for the committee listserv to stay up to date.