Transforming lives through digital literacy.

Community Tech Network’s mission is to unite organizations and volunteers to transform lives through digital literacy.

The work we do simply couldn’t happen without the support of our community consisting of nonprofit partners, volunteers, companies and other people who care deeply about closing the digital divide. We build community, raise awareness, recognize leaders through a variety of events each year.

Digital Leader Awards

Digital Leader Awards

Each year CTN celebrates community champions of digital inclusion, recognizing incredible people who are doing amazing work to bridge the technology divide and raise levels of digital literacy within our city’s communities that need it the most.

The 2020 event has been postponed with the date yet to be determined.

  • DLA 2019 Winners 
    • Digital Champion – Katherine Eppler, Program Manager, The Bridge at Main 
    • Digital Changemaker – Cordelia McGee-Tubb, CTN Volunteer 
    • Digital Inclusion in the Community – Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Digital Bridge Builder – Monkeybrains
    • Digital Amplifier – Metta Fund
  • DLA 2018 Winners
    • Digital Champion – Leo Sosa, Founder & CEO of Dev/Mission
    • Digital Changemaker – Michael Wiggins, CTN Volunteer
    • Digital Inclusion In The Community – St. Anthony’s Tenderloin Tech Lab
    • Digital Bridge Builder – Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development/DAHLIA
    • Digital Amplifier Award – Twitter
  • DLA 2017 Winners
    • Digital Champion Brian Roberts, SF Department of Technology
    • Digital Changemaker Jared Boddum (CTN volunteer)
    • Digital Inclusion in the Community 
      • Workforce Development: Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) 
      • Youth Development: Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) 
      • Older Adults: Community Living Campaign 
      • Immigrants/Undocumented: The Women’s Building
    • Digital Bridge Builder San Francisco Human Services Agency
    • Digital Amplifier Comcast Internet Essentials
  • DLA 2016 Winners
    • Digital Champion – Leslie Katz
    • Digital Changemaker – William Dean
    • Digital Inclusion In The Community – San Francisco Public Library
    • Digital Amplifier Award – Salesforce

Digital Leader Awards Events

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Tech Teach-ins

Tech Teach-ins

Community Tech Network unites nonprofits with various companies for the Tech Teach-In (TTI), a one-day digital skills training event. Your digital training skills will help job seekers apply for employment, parents reach their children’s teachers, older adults research healthcare information and low-income residents access social services. By improving their digital skills you will ultimately improve their lives. Past events include:

  • Google and AGE Computer Lab
  • AT&T and HACA Northloop Site
  • Goldman Sachs and Downtown Senior Center
  • Lyft and Curry Senior Center
  • Sprint and Foundation Communities
  • Dell and AGE Computer Lab
  • IBM and Capital IDEA
  • TechWomen and Bayview Senior Services
  • Gateway High School and Downtown Senior Center
  • Defy Ventures, SmartRecruiters, and 70 Million Jobs

If you’d like more information about our Tech Teach-in events, please email TTI@communitytechnetwork.

Tech Teach-ins Events

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Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Appreciation

CTN has had thousands of people help in some way over the years and maintains a steady stream of hundreds of volunteers on a regular basis. We literally couldn’t do our work without them. One small way CTN can show our appreciation is to conduct events to celebrate all the generous time that’s been donated. We also give awards to those who have gone above and beyond.

  • 2019 Winners
    • Yingshan Bi — Student Leader
    • Tiffany Huynh — Great Partner
    • Randy Schroeder — iTeach Award
    • Cordelia McGee-Tubb — Do-It-All Tutor
  • 2018 Winners
    • Anna Vichitcholchai — Community Connector
    • Derek Slater — Mission Focus
    • Brett Neely — Thoughtful Partner
    • Newton Fong — Superstar Substitute
    • Elsie Sato — Humble Heart
  • 2017 Winners
    • Taylor Glas-Hochstettler — Master Cultivator
    • Michael Wiggins — Master Juggler
    • Steve Schaffer — Hardware Master
    • James Burns — Superstar Sub
    • Vern Arbogast — Marathon Man
    • Barbara Jue — The Shapeshifter
    • Jared Boddum — The Time Traveler
  • 2016 Winners
    • Randy Lee — Most Hours Worked
    • Oscar Vega — Most Learner Connections
    • Jared Boddum — Tutorus Maximus
    • Bob Nowacki — Behind the Scenes
    • Kevin Terhune — Spring Forward
    • William Dean — Special Mention
  • 2015 Winners
    • Cody Wild — Pure Atomic Number 79
    • Benjamin Hanson — 24-Karat Heart of Gold
    • Gayle Carpentier — Gold Leadership
    • Gerri Shaw — Gold Standard
    • Natasha O’Yang — Solid Gold
  • 2014 Winners
    • Erika Jones-Clary — Behind-the-Scenes Superstar
    • Carol Wexelbaum — Rising Superstar
    • Vern Arbogast — Class Act Superstar
    • Randy Lee — Partner Choice Superstar
    • Lisa Vogt — Partner Choice Superstar
    • Theron Kuntz — A+Superstar
    • Cordelia McGee-Tubb — All-Around Superstar
  • 2013 Winners
    • Greg Kitamura — Silver Surfer Award
    • Steve Schaffer — Captain Computer Award
    • Chris Allick — Tutorous Maximus Award
    • Konstantin Chuykov — Computer Bogatyr Award
    • Molly Hankwitz — Iron Coordinator Award

Volunteer Appreciation Events

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Brag & Borrow

Brag & Borrow

Each month, usually on the third Thursday, CTN and our network of partners gather for breakfast and to Brag (share something each organization is doing well) and to Borrow (ask for help with a pressing challenge). The goals of these events are to network, share successes, and crowdsource ideas. Ideal for organizations that teach computer classes or offer computer tutors as well those who provide access to the internet and make devices available. Make decisions that help people access and use the internet to improve their lives?

“Attending these meetings has helped me connect my clients with digital literacy/access programs that already exist in the community by: increasing my awareness and familiarity with these organizations and facilitating face to face connections with representatives of these orgs. It has been much more effective to refer clients to programs having a specific point of contact to direct clients to. As well, having physically toured the program locations myself, I have been much better equipped to anticipate what supports a client might need in accessing the program.” – Brag & Borrow Participant

Brag & Borrow Archive: Link to notes from previous meetings


Brag & Borrow Events

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