Transforming City Assets into Hubs for Technology
Connecting with the community by collaborating on specific projects is a great opportunity for the city to not only support but work alongside community leaders. In 2016, in partnership with the Sprout Fund, CitiParks, The Mayor’s Office, and a host of incredible non-profit STEAM service providers, Rec2Tech launched in 5 city recreation centers for 5 days. The demonstration week made the case for utilizing city-owned facilities as hubs for connectivity and access. The week welcomed 200 young residents and showcased interest in STEAM learning at several recreation centers. Since then, CitiParks, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, has been looking for opportunities to bring new technology tools and resources into the centers in addition to providing current staff with the training to lead STEAM focused workshops in tandem with traditional recreation programming.