AFN Events

Thank you for your interest in supporting Austin Free-Net events.  Here are upcoming events:

Digital Inclusion Week May 2017!

Celebrate Digital Inclusion Week, May 8-13, 2017! The week is an opportunity to raise awareness about digital inequities and nationwide efforts to close those gaps from California to the Carolinas. Throughout the week, organizations across the nation, including Austin Free-Net, will host digital inclusion events (i.e. trainings, device donation drives, etc.) and share digital stories that highlight specific inequities and the role digital inclusion providers play in meeting these needs.

“Digital Inclusion” refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The use of ICTs has risen steadily over the last three decades, yet many American communities continue to face persistent barriers to adoption. As technologies evolve, we know that addressing digital inequities is more than a problem of access but one of greater social and economic inclusion.

Digital Inclusion Week is sponsored by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance with affiliates from California to Tennessee including Austin Free-Net.

What’s happening at Austin Free-Net! May 8-13

Monday, May 8 – My Tech Story!
Time:  All day

“I want to communicate with my son who lives in another state. I’m excited to learn how to use the computer for things other than games.”—Brenda

“At 60 years old, I need to learn computer skills to keep working. I can’t afford to retire. ”—Clifford

Why is digital inclusion important? Across the country our Digital Inclusion Week partners will share stories online from clients about the relevance of digital access and training. Learn more about the importance of digital equity from people whose lives have been changed through technology.

Watch Austin Free-Net’s Video (Coming Soon)


Tuesday, May 9 – Smartphone Basics Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM / DeWitty Center

Want to get the most out of your smartphone? Feel like you’re falling behind?

Join us for a FREE, DROP-IN interactive training session!
All experience levels welcome. Get your questions answered in a pressure-free environment!

RSVP for this free event.

Wednesday, May 10 – Cyber Seniors Movie Premiere!
Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM (Conley Guerrero Senior Activity Center) / 3:30-5:30 PM (South Austin Senior Activity Center)

Join us for popcorn and a special viewing of “Cyber Seniors” at one of our City of Austin host sites Conley Guerrero Senior Activity Center and the South Austin Senior Activity Center.

A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, CYBER-SENIORS adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors.

Following the movie we will have door prizes and technology demonstrations for our Senior guests.

Are you a senior? RSVP for this free event.

Thursday, May 11 – Train the Trainer Webinar
Time: TBD

Sponsor, Google Fiber, is hosting a special digital training webinar for foster care staff members across the country.  The objective of the training is to help staff members teach children aging out of foster care about online safety, money management and finding resources to live independently.

For more information, email:

Friday, May 12 – Join the Conversation!
Digital Inclusion Symposium: Disrupting Digital Divides for Social and Economic Opportunity
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM / Google Fiber Space

What is the state of digital equity across the country? Join us for a local and virtual discussion about this timely topic.

Leading policymakers, educators and representatives from the technology industry will discuss the impact of digital inclusion programs and opportunities to get more communities connected in the years to come .

Local Panel:
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM

Omar L. Gallaga, Austin American-Statesman

Daniel Lucio – Google Fiber
Dr. Sharon Strover –Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin
Sarah Sarif—ATX Hack for Change

11:30 Ignite Talks and Refreshments

Virtual Panel:
Time: Starts at 12:00 PM
Moderator:   Nicol Turner-Lee, Brookings Institute

Confirmed Panelists:
Claude Aiken, Federal Communications Commission
Roberto Gallardo, Mississippi State University
Jim Tobias, Inclusive Technologies
Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Google Fiber

RSVP for this free event

Saturday, May 13 – Digital Resource Fair
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM / Doris Miller Auditorium, Austin

Join us for our 2nd Annual Digital Resource Fair sponsored by Google Fiber, the City of Austin and Austin Free-Net.  More than 25 non-profit vendors will be on site with information about digital inclusion programs such as summer STEM camps for kids, technological workforce training opportunities, and to showcase some exciting new technologies. We will also have technology door prizes. This event is free and open to the public.

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