AFN Events

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


June 2017 – Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo


Join us for our panel discussion “Digital Inclusion in ATX: It’s not just about the Web” on June 26, 2017 at  9:30 a.m!  The Conference brings together City leaders across the country to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers. Register through Smart Cities Connect.





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! Broadband Access
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


Mobility Equity Workshop
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Austin City Hall- City Council Chambers)

Want better transit options for your family? Join us for a fun and interactive event about transportation in Austin.

  • Learn how to make Smart Trips
  • Connect with transit providers
  • Find out how you can help

RSVP for this free event by contacting Sam Storey: (512) 589-2958 |

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 and devices welcome. Get your questions answered in a pressure-free environment!

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.


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

What is the state of digital equity and why does digital inclusion matter for opportunity in Austin and across the nation? Join us on Friday, May 12th for an interactive Digital Inclusion Symposium on these timely topics. Digital inclusion thought leaders and providers from academia, non-profits, and the technology sector will discuss the impact of digital inclusion programs and opportunities for community stakeholders to advance digital inclusion strategies in the years to come.

10:00am-10:15 am –

10:15am-10:30am –
Welcome and Introductions

10:30am-11:30am –
Panel Session:  Leveraging Smart Digital Inclusion Strategies for Greater Community Impact      

Omar L. Gallaga, Austin American-Statesman
Daniel Lucio, Google Fiber
Sarah Sarif, ATX Hack for Change
Sharon Strover, Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin
Vickie Yakunin, Charter Communications

11:30am-12:00pm –
Ignite Case Circles

Noon-1:00pm –
Panel Session: Why Bother? Understanding Digital Divides and the High-Stakes Gamble of Inaction (Virtual)

Nicol Turner-Lee, Brookings Institute
Claude Aiken, Federal Communications Commission
Jim Tobias, Inclusive Technologies
Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Google Fiber
Roberto Gallardo, Mississippi State University


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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