While great strides have been made toward providing communities greater access to information technology, a digital accessibility gap still remains. In Los Angeles County, it is estimated that 416,000 households lack home internet service and 265,000 households are without a home computer. Notably, low-income neighborhoods and populations that are predominantly Black and Latinx are amongst some of the most impacted areas, with over 20% of households lacking a broadband connection in some areas.
To help raise awareness of technology solutions that aim to reduce digital inequities in Los Angeles County, Google Public Sector partnered with the Internal Services Department (ISD) to host the inaugural “2022 Tech Empowerment Day.” As part of the Delete the Divide initiative on October 6, over 3,200 middle and high-school students and educators across 58 local schools convened at the SoFi Stadium where they were introduced to the latest STEM technologies and innovations.
Tech Empowerment Day was a tremendous success. Students as well as educators benefitted from experiences with so many different technologies.
Selwyn Hollins, Director, Los Angeles County
Pictured above: The Google Cloud booth and examples of the LED circuit activity
By: Reymund Dumlao (Director, State and Local Government, Google Public Sector)
Source: Google Cloud Blog