Tech Talk

Last Call for Citywide WiFi

Your feedback on Citywide Wifi is requested. The LA Community Broadband Network (LACBN) initiative (follow on Twitter @LACBN #LAWantsGbFiber #LAWantsWiFi) is a project that is seeking an industry business model that will enable a high speed gigabit network to be implemented in Los Angeles to all residences, businesses, nonprofits and government facilities. It is also seeking WiFi for visitors, students

Read More
TUX Bootcamp and TUX Awards

Join us in Encino on June 19th for the TUX Bootcamp! We will recap the progress of our Outreach Champions and then take on Technology and the User Experience (TUX) from the Neighborhood Council perspective. Explore ways to grow your web and social media presence and utilize outreach tools more efficiently. This Bootcamp will focus on best practices for social media, websites, and email campaigns.

Read More
Online Voting

In an age of tech-driven convenience when Americans cast upwards of 60 million votes in the American Idol finale but we still can’t muster more than 20% turnout in municipal elections, is it time for an update to our aging voting technologies and election infrastructure? This month’s primary in LA county drew only 13.1% of eligible county residents -- the lowest turnout in the state. Online voting

Read More
A Tech-Inspired Weekend at City Hall with #Hack for LA and #TechLA

Well, we had a great weekend at City Hall with the second annual Hack for LA and met some fantastic creative minds in the process. While Hackathon-ers prodded away on the 10th Floor of City Hall, 2,000 guests attended panel discussions, a tech jobs fair, and a product expo as part of  #TechLA, a conference hosted by the city. You may have heard already, but the winning team of the app competition

Read More
Empower LA BootCamps in Outreach & TUX Skills, June 5th and 19th!

With 95 different and unique Neighborhood Councils, all with their own style for outreach and each with its specific goals and missions, Empower LA has noticed the need and desire for support in basic outreach tools and methods. One of the beauties of our council system is that our boards attract a diverse group of candidates with different work and skill experience; however, this means that from

Read More
Reminder: TUX Website Awards Are Coming Up!

Does your NC have a fantastic website? Is your web presence engaging and accessible to your constituents? Remember that in a couple short weeks we will be awarding Neighborhood Council websites for the first annual TUX Awards in the following categories: Best User Experience Thriftiest Website Most Accessible Council Most Reliable Most Comprehensive Site Best Social Media Integration Best Design Best

Read More
Youth Leaders Partners with TUX Team to Promote Digital Equity and Civic Engagement

Youth who have strong skills in technology have a leg up on careers in the data-driven new economy, but many young people in LA lack the resources to learn fundamental computer and technological skills. The Weingart East Los Angeles (WELA) YMCA Youth Institute, part of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative funded by California Endowment, is a year-round YMCA program that uses technology

Read More
Is your NC Website Sticky?

By the end of May we will be deliberating on which Neighborhood Council sites will be award the following awards: Best User Experience, Thriftiest Website, Most Accessible Council, Most Reliable, Most Comprehensive Site, Best Social Integration, Best Design, Best Overall Site. We know that some councils are in the midst of elections and re-seating still, but we wanted to award these sites as they

Read More
A Community Choreographer, Connectivity, & Councils

This past week, Community Choreographer Dave Meslin was visiting us from Toronto to research Empower LA and Neighborhood Councils, a system of civic engagement that he is intrigued by and wishes he had back home.  Not long ago he presented a project called "The Fourth Wall" which highlighted ways government puts up an invisible wall between City Hall and the people, and offering suggestions on how

Read More
Announcing the first ever TUX Awards! Curated by Empower LA’s TUX Team

      Websites and Social Media are two of the most effective and inexpensive marketing tools that Neighborhood Councils can use for outreach & engagement, but considering most councils are not necessarily comprised of volunteer tech teams, they can also be somewhat daunting to build and support.  Some Councils decide to spend top dollar on design and management, but nowadays websites and

Read More

Follow These Councils