A Latino Technology Odyssey

Conference aims to educate & empower on opportunities in today's information age

By Alicia Maldonado
Published on LatinoLA: September 24, 2002

A Latino Technology Odyssey

The City of Los Angeles, Advocating Latino Technology Advancements, Inc. (ALTA) and Tom?s Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) present the Latinos & Technology Conference: Challenges, Choices and Changes.

This one-day conference serves as a springboard to discuss the impact of technology in our society and seeks to educate and engage Latinos in the potential offered by this technological revolution. It will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2002 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The objective of the conference is to educate and empower the Latino community on opportunities afforded by today's information age, to help Latinos seize its full benefit, and to position Latinos to compete effectively in today's digital economy.

Conference Honorary Chairs include California State Senators Martha Escutia and Richard Alarcon, Assembly Member Marco Firebaugh, Bob Pacheco, and Tony Cardenas, Mayor James Hahn, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Los Angeles City Council Members Alex Padilla, Mark Ridley Thomas Nick Pacheco, Eric Garcetti, and Ed Reyes, Los Angeles School Board Member Jose Huizar and many more.

The conference will feature five concurrent workshop tracks - business, education, public policy, youth and non profit community based organizations, which will include panel discussions or presentations on: Doing Business with the Government (procurement), What is eBusiness and what can it do for your business, How to use the Internet for Your Business, Education & Technology Issues at Various Government Levels, Best Practices and Model Educational Technology Programs, Digital Divide: Overview of Efforts at State and Federal Level, Universal Service and the Digital Divide, State Level Policy Change and How to Get There, Community Technology Center Development, Internet Tools, Funding Roundtable, Empowering Our Youth and Road Map to College, and Women In Technology.

The conference has received strong support in terms of volunteers, funding and political endorsements reflecting the need and importance of such a conference. The conference will feature an important study by the Tom?s Rivera Policy Institute which examines the accessibility of Computer Technology Centers in underserved communities.

More info at: http://www.latinos-tech.com

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