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  • Inspiration Awards 2017 | Dec 3 | “Year of the Women” | Honoring Twitter, Oakland A’s & BlackRock

    INSPIRATION AWARDS 2017 Benefiting Oakland Digital

    Inspiration Awards is a heartfelt gala and fundraising celebration honoring three champions bringing about positive change through their passion, dedication, and innovation. It’s your chance to meet Bay Area thought leaders in the fields of technology, business, and philanthropy.

    By attending Inspiration Awards, you are supporting digital literacy education to hundreds of businesses and nonprofits, mentorship to thousands of multimedia students, and spreading inspiration throughout our community.

    For nine years Oakland Digital, a 501(c)(3) design studio for good, has directly impacted the lives of 4,800 East Bay entrepreneurs. Our core programs, Inspire Oakland and Digital Equity, have boosted the local economy by $4.2 million, leading to opportunities for 21st-century employment and economic independence.

    Over the past year, we’ve successfully integrated BRIDGEGOOD.com, our exciting web application that has bridged the design & marketing needs of 625 business owners with 3,000 talented creatives. Oakland Digital has created a unique space of education, information exchange, and community-building that is increasing our impact and expanding our reach.

    Join the ecosystem of incredible Bay Area leaders that support our thoughtful, life-changing work: sponsor a table, purchase an advertisement, or make an in-kind donation.

    COMMUNITY HONOREE 
    Catherine Aker, Oakland Athletics

    Catherine Aker joined the Athletics organization in January 2016 and was promoted to her current role of vice president, communications and community engagement in March 2017. Aker oversees the A’s baseball and corporate communications efforts, including the strategic communications for the A’s new ballpark, in addition to the club’s community engagement and Oakland A’s Community Fund. The A’s Community Fund, which takes an innovative and dynamic approach to education, youth sports, and economic opportunity, invested more than $500,000 throughout Oakland and the East Bay in 2017.

     

    BUSINESS HONOREE
    Regina Rodgers, BlackRock

    Philanthropy built on what matters. At BlackRock, we are committed to building access to better futures for underserved individuals and communities. We partner with best in class organizations that use forward-thinking approaches to solve pressing social and environmental challenges. Our areas of focus 1) Building innovation: partnering with dynamic social enterprises putting innovation to work to accelerate social impact across a range of outcomes; from financial inclusion to food security. 2) Building inroads: creating access to improved livelihoods for underserved populations, including immigrants, women, and veterans, either through building skills or breaking barriers. 3) Building infrastructure: creating pathways to innovative water and energy solutions at the household level. 4) Building insight: joining with thought leaders to contribute additional rigor and analysis, expanding the realm of what’s possible in the social impact space.

     

    TECHNOLOGY HONOREE
    Caroline Barlerin, Twitter

    Passionate about what can be created at the intersection of social good and technology, Caroline Barlerin leads Twitter’s community outreach and philanthropic efforts. She brings a unique perspective to her role, having led partnerships for a software startup, designed a bicycle-powered rice thresher for small-acre farmers in Burma, led Level Playing Field Institute, and created the blueprint for Taproot Foundation. Most recently she launched the Twitter NeighborNest, a neighborhood learning center supporting low-income families by providing access to technology, classes, and resources to learn, connect and grow with the guidance of Twitter volunteers. She’s @CBarlerin on Twitter.

     

    IA:2017 Host

    Chrystine Villarreal, MIXhalo

    Chrystine Villarreal is a long time advocate of social change, especially through youth empowerment. Prior to her role as the President of MIXhalo, a startup that is creating the new standard for live sound, Chrystine curated the content for TechCrunch’s Global Disrupt and Annual Crunchies Award Show. Chrystine was successful in utilizing this role to highlight underrepresented founders and leaders in the community on a global stage. Before TechCrunch, Chrystine developed a world class revenue department for BUILD, a national organization that uses entrepreneurship to engage youth from under resourced communities. She also worked at Khosla Ventures and spent many years working in local, statewide and national politics.

     

    Distinguished Speakers

    Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland

    As a lifelong volunteer, Mayor Schaaf has two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney and co-founded the non-profit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city. She later left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute.

    Mayor Schaaf is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers.

    Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, responsive trustworthy government, sustainable vibrant infrastructure and equitable jobs and housing. She is dedicated to ensuring the safety, education and fair treatment of all Oakland residents.

     

     

    Shaun Tai, Oakland Digital

    Shaun Tai is the Executive Director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning design studio. He dedicates himself to enhancing tech literacy and opportunity among Entrepreneurs and multimedia Students.

    Shaun also leads the direction and product strategy for BRIDGEGOOD, a web application that connects Creatives to professional opportunities. The platform is supported by Google.org.

    Shaun received an MA in Architectural & Urban Design and a BS in Advertising from San Jose State University. Prior to SJSU, he graduated with honors from Cal State East Bay with a BA in Digital Arts and was named “Distinguished Young Alumnus” of the academic year 2015.

    In September 2016, Diablo Magazine ranked Shaun #6 in their prestigious 40 Under 40 campaign. In March 2017, SF Business Times named Shaun 40 Under 40 alongside the Bay Area’s brightest CEO’s and Directors. In April, Cal State East Bay recognized Shaun as a 40 Under 40 “Civic Service & Activism” Recipient, Class of 2017.

     

    Live Music

    Gabriela

    Gabriela is a rising singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles and the greater Bay Area. Her versatility spans multiple genres and platforms of performance both live and recorded, including national and international commercial and film. She looks to inspire self responsibility, re-connection and individual and collective healing through the conduit of collaborative, multi-media art and expression.

    Having moved to Oakland at the age of 18, she created a professional career as a Bay Area performer for private and creative events, while concurrently pursuing music production, management, her own artistic creations and healing curriculums for 7 formative years before just recently transitioning South. Gabriela independently released her debut original EP “And Who Am I Today”, a 4 track collection in September of 2015. She will be releasing her first full length album in the Summer of 2018 and publishing a book of passages centered in tools for personal empowerment in the following future.

    2017 Board of Directors – Oakland Digital

    Tim RosenblattPresident

    Chelsea SeabronVice President

    Linda PoengTreasurer

    Kevin LouieSecretary

    Martin Kojnok

    Erica Hong

    Gert Lombard

    Lisa Sy

    Michael Shih

    TiYanna Long

    Allison Bernstein

    Katy McKenzie

     

    Purchase tickets and learn more at www.inspiration-awards.com. 

  • Design that Pops: Oakland Businesses Get a Fresh Start

    Through a collaboration managed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and AnewAmerica Community Corporation with partners: Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and The Unity Council, these organizations provide a spectrum of technical assistance services to businesses impacted by construction of AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project on International Boulevard.  In addition to technical assistance, a limited Business Assistance Fund (BAF) program is available to those most impacted. In conjunction with AC Transit, these programs were created by the City of Oakland to help business mitigate the new physical environment created by the BRT.

    Roció Navarro owns Artesanías y Botánica Del Sol. Although she has been in business for the last 18 years on the Boulevard, she decided to move her shop from 4030B to 5115 International, in hopes of increasing exposure.

    Yudy Herrera working with businesses along the BRT corridor.

    After a visit from Oakland Digital, a non profit that helps local business increase their marketing and digital presence, Designer Yudy Herrera assessed the business and determined they needed to modernize their brand. The first step: create a new custom logo able to be reproduced in both digital and  and print formats. The second step: build and optimize their social media presence including the creation of design elements, verify accounts and digital literacy. The final step: designing and ordering the business cards. Roció was so impressed by the look of Yudy’s creative solution that she ordered an 8’x 22’ banner to serve as a storefront sign.

    After over 15 hours of a collaborative design process, Roció reported that her sales increase $400 more on the day the signage was installed. Yudy says,

    Oakland Digital is thrilled to continue serving the businesses along International most impacted by the BRT project. We are now on our 8th year of providing digital literacy, equity, and tech inclusion. Our success stories like Roció’s keep us inspired and validates our mission that design is positively impacting our communities.

    Marsha Murrington, Senior Program Officer of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) explains the value of technical assistance to small businesses: “In the big picture, we are looking at introducing optimization tools that teach small businesses to become proactive in exploring ways to expand their customer base, to increase sales; and by introducing systems to enhance their operations also helps them become more efficient enterprises. We are hopeful that businesses like Artesanias y Botanica Del Sol will inspire change in others as it becomes more viable.”

    Learn more about Oakland Digital at www.oaklanddigital.org. Hire a local Designer for your next marketing project at www.bridgegood.com

  • Google.org pledges $50M to prep people for ‘the changing nature of work’

    Google.org pledges $50M to prep people for ‘the changing nature of work’

    Oakland Digital weekly work sessions from Google.org’s 188 The Embarcadero Community Space – combining Design, Engineering, and Thought Leadership. Photo courtesy bynd.com. 

    Google’s philanthropic arm is funding efforts to help workers adjust to the economic changes Google itself is helping to create.

    Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, announced Wednesday that it’s committing $50 million over two years “to help people prepare for the changing nature of work.”

    “The way we work is changing, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible can make the most of the new jobs, industries and opportunities that are emerging–some of which we couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago,” wrote Google.org president Jacquelline Fuller in a blog post.

    The economic and social shifts that are sure to disrupt the workforce in the coming decades will likely be driven in part by Google itself, which has taken an “AI-first” approach to business. In the meantime, Google offers some products that help connect workers with jobs.

    Its new philanthropic efforts focus on three areas where nonprofits could potentially help: Skills training, connecting job-seekers with positions that match their skills, and supporting low-wage workers. Google.org is initially funding groups in the US and Europe and plans to expand to other regions soon.

    In the area of skills training, Google.org announced it’s supporting Social Finance. The grant will fund the group’s research into which youth training programs most effectively use contributions from trainees, governments, and future employers.

    To help job seekers better connect with jobs, Google is backing Code for America, which helps people use government services for help in finding jobs, and Bayes Impact in France, which uses machine learning to deliver custom recommendations and tips to job seekers.

    To help low-wage workers, Google is supporting a program called Alia, run by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Alia lets domestic workers, for a small monthly fee, pool their money to serve as a sort of insurance.

    The $50 million initiative comes on top of past commitments Google.org has made to building economic opportunity, such as its support for Oakland Digital, which equips low-income students with skills in graphic design and web development.

    International students working with Oakland Digital’s UX design team. Photo courtesy bynd.com. 

    Original article: http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-org-pledges-50m-to-prep-people-for-the-changing-nature-of-work/ by Stephanie Condon for Between the Lines | July 26, 2017

  • Oakland Digital honored at 2017 Impact Award | Kapor Center for Social Impact

    The Kapor Center for Social Impact presented their inaugural Impact Awards on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in their uptown Oakland theater.

    The awards celebrated outstanding efforts to boost greater inclusion in tech entrepreneurship and in the tech ecosystem.

    Categories include:

    • Building an Inclusive Tech Ecosystem in Oakland
    • Promoting Access to Quality STEM Education
    • Fostering Diversity & Inclusion in the Tech Workforce
    • Gap-Closing Entrepreneurship

    Oakland Digital was honored at the 2017 Impact Awards, noted for “Building an Inclusive Tech Ecosystem in Oakland.” On behalf of our Board of Directors, Staff, and Beneficiaries, we would like to thank the Kapor Center for Social Impact for this award. 

    The Kapor Center launched its inaugural Impact Awards on June 21st, recognizing outstanding efforts to boost inclusion in tech entrepreneurship and in the tech ecosystem. Leslie Miley, Therese Lawless, Regan Patterson, Genius Plaza, and Oakland Digital each received commendations for their respective forward-looking work. TechCrunch’s Megan Rose Dickey served as the special guest moderator at the awards ceremony.

  • Google’s Community Space in the Bay Area

    Editor’s note: Today we’re opening the doors of Google’s Community Space, located in our 188 The Embarcadero office in San Francisco, which offers Bay Area nonprofits free access to event space and co-working areas. Since January, we’ve run a pilot program with more than 50 organizations who have hosted 100+ events to ensure that the space and resources are flexible and beneficial to the needs of local organizations. As part of today’s opening, we’re also sharing that in 2016 alone, Google.org supported Bay Area nonprofits with $50M in direct grant funding, and Googlers have volunteered over 89,000 hours of their time to local organizations.

    This post comes from Shaun Tai, the Executive Director at Oakland Digital and Product Lead at BRIDGEGOOD.com. He talks about his experience hosting weekly programs in the Community Space and the many ways he and his team are supported by Google.org and Googler volunteers.

    Every Wednesday this year, Oakland Digital has brought a group of community college students to Google’s 188 The Embarcadero office so they can collaborate, learn, and work on community-benefit projects. These students are part of BRIDGEGOOD—an online hiring platform that connects under-resourced creatives (e.g., graphic designers and artists) with real-world design and marketing projects generated by businesses and nonprofits throughout the community.

    Oakland Digital has proudly participated in a pilot program that Google.org has been running for 50 local organizations to provide feedback for their new Community Space. Nonprofit organizations know that finding affordable space in the Bay Area is a constant and growing issue. Working in close collaboration with local organizations, Google’s 8,400+ square feet of event and meeting space is an absolute game changer. It’s flexible enough for nonprofits to host collaborative brainstorming sessions to larger capacity, full-day seminars. Since the pilot started, there have been more than 100 events in the space, and in true Google fashion, their teams have “launched and iterated” by taking feedback and implementing changes into the space so it could better suit our needs. Other perks: the space comes fully-stocked with a microkitchen, a conference room, an area to hold workshops, a maker’s space, Chromebooks, VR equipment and more.

    Google’s support of Oakland Digital started in 2012 when Googlers Mary and Steve Grove educated small businesses at Oakland City Hall about the power of technology. Each year, our relationship and community impact has grown—from board membership, thought leadership, and in 2015, funding. Google shares Oakland Digital’s belief that creativity can change the world— and recognized that an overlooked pipeline of creative talent comes from community colleges.

    As such, Google.org provided significant support—a multi-year, six-figure grant for us to build, design, create, and deploy our BRIDGEGOOD web application. Oakland Digital is most proud that local students are a part of design and engineering process—having access to Google’s community space has inspired and boosted the confidence of our beneficiaries. The equipment, the technology, and the space itself has allowed us to work more productively together.

    The energy that exists at Google.org, combined with access to this new Community Space and its nonprofit-driven programs, is fueling positive change and will make a difference. It’s that same combination of energy and access that will help other local Bay Area social entrepreneurs further their scale and impact.

    So to my fellow Bay Area nonprofits and social good innovators, I invite you to come check out Google’s Community Space and apply for membership to start the process to host your events and programs in the space today at g.co/communityspace. Membership for the space is free—just click on “Become a Member” at the top right. The website also includes details on what is included in the space and programs that Google.org will coordinate throughout the year.

    Stay inspired, continue to spread inspiration, and remember that with creativity and leadership, anything is possible.

    Originally posted at https://www.blog.google/topics/google-org/googles-community-space-bay-area/

  • 2017 TechCrunch Crunchies “Social Impact” Finalist, Oakland Digital

    “Diversity is much more than numbers… we need tech to respect us as people. There’s more talent from pipelines that tech doesn’t know yet,” says Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)‘s Executive Director Shaun Tai at TechCrunch‘s 10th Annual Crunchies.

    OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF STARTUPS AND TECHNOLOGY: TechCrunch kicks off 2017 with the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards Show, the award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet, and technology innovations of the year.

  • Increasing & Expanding Impact: Oakland Digital 2017

    Programs & Initiatives for Businesses (entrepreneurs) and Creatives (student designers):

    • 1-on-1 Support – personalized digital literacy and tech training for small businesses; by appointment – $50 /hour (scholarships available), contact yudy@odalc.org
    • BRIDGEGOOD.com – Businesses, post 7-day projects for local design students (get started at www.bridgegood.com)
    • GOOGxBG – Designers & Creatives, see what it’s like to work as a UX/UI/Visual designer at Google – join us each Wednesday through March (must register at www.bridgegood.comDiscover, Free Events)
    • Inspire Oakland 2017 – Annual region-wide billboard competition; Instructors & educators, to participate or have Oakland Digital visit your school, contact yudy@odalc.org or call 510-435-2945, ext. 0
    • BRT Project – design and marketing for 200 small business owners spanning 9.5 miles of International Blvd and East 14th St (Q2 – Q4)
    • #StudioForGood – open labs for entrepreneurs and students to work on professional and personal projects; every 2nd & 4th Fridays (must register at www.bridgegood.com)

    Stay connected with Oakland Digital’s daily grind, fb.com/odalc + twitter.com/oaklanddigital

  • Dec 3: Inspiration Awards 2016 — celebrating leadership, inspiration and positive change in our community

    OAKLAND DIGITAL’S 7TH ANNUAL GALA CELEBRATION
    DECEMBER 3, 2016 | 6p-9p | OAKLAND ASIAN CULTURAL CENTER

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    HONORING:

    Creativity JASON MAYDEN (Accel Partners)
    BusinessROWENA TOMANENG (Berkeley City College)
    TechnologyJUSTIN STEELE (Google.org)

    INSPIRATION AWARDS 2016

    7th annual gala celebrating leadership, inspiration and positive change in our community, benefiting 2017 programs of Oakland Digital.

    WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6pm

    WHERE: Oakland Asian Cultural Center (388 9th St #290, Oakland, CA)

    DONATE GOODS & SERVICES: bit.ly/IA2016inkind

    PURCHASE PROGRAM AD: bit.ly/IA2016programad

    SPONSOR TABLE: bit.ly/IA2016sponsorship

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    HOSTED BY VERONICA DE LA CRUZ (KPIX 5)

    Limited sponsorships available. We look forward to inspiring, together!

    CONTACT: Shaun Tai (510.435.2945, shaun@odalc.org)

    WEBSITE: www.inspiration-awards.com

  • Oakland Digital uplifts Bay Area through BRIDGEGOOD

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    Written by Tiffany R. Lew

    Founded in 2009 by Shaun Tai, Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (Oakland Digital) is a community-based, non-profit design and marketing studio. With Tai as the executive director, the team has been working to bridge the opportunity and digital literacy divide in the Bay Area.

    The students selected at Oakland Digital are not software engineers from well-known universities; instead, Tai and his team have chosen to hire local students with diverse backgrounds. The summer 2016 cohort of their digital design internship is comprised of 73% people of color, 80% female, 7% male, and 13% gender nonconforming, all working towards positively impacting small businesses and the local economy. The US Census Bureau estimates that women make up 59% of the US labour force, but only 30% of the technology industry. Comparatively, the local population includes 66% ethnic minorities, 45% male, 49% female and 6% gender nonconforming.

    Design & Marketing for Businesses

    Oakland Digital is excited to launch BRIDGEGOOD on August 30th, 2016. BRIDGEGOOD is the new media platform “for the creatives, by the creatives” that serves to connect community college and early stage creatives with professional opportunities through collaboration with graphic art and multimedia projects. With outreach efforts reaching 150 local businesses, they are provided with affordable custom design and marketing services, completed in 7 days. BRIDGEGOOD’s scope of services includes 18 creative services including flyer design, basic video editing, and 1-hour digital literacy educational sessions.

    Google.org & Golden State Warriors

    Through the leadership of Oakland Digital’s Board of Directors, their organization boosted the local economy by $3.2 million since the non-profit’s inception in 2009, and is excited to scale their vision with BRIDGEGOOD. The non-profit’s success is due in large part to major partners such as Golden State Warriors Community Foundation and their multi-year grant benefactor Google.org.

    Creativity for the Win

    In an industry dominated by coding and programming initiatives, BRIDGEGOOD aspires to build a diverse, design-driven community that uses creativity as a means of economic empowerment. The ultimate goal for the BRIDGEGOOD platform is to bridge the opportunity divide, by solving economic inequalities for students and early stage creatives through connecting them to professional opportunities in the Bay Area.

    To learn more visit www.bridgegood.com. To get involved and support the platform, contact Executive Director Shaun Tai shaun@odalc.org.

  • BRIDGEGOOD.com creatives celebrate Golden State Warriors – #InspireOakland billboards!

    ‪#‎WARRIORSGROUND‬ : Bridgegood.com creatives celebrate the Golden State Warriors with 60-foot billboards! On your way to see the Dubs beat OKC, check out Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)‘s INSPIRE OAKLAND designs!!

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    • I-880 Nimitz Freeway, half a mile north of Hegenberger Exit, right next toGolden State Warriors Oracle Arena through May 22nd.

    Original designs by ‪#‎BRIDGEGOOD‬ creatives Myles, Gabi, Ynhi & Mauricio. Learn more and get involved, www.bridgegood.com.