Columbia Partnership Provides Wi-Fi Hotspot at Riverbank State Park
Oct. 13, 2010
Seniors gather at Riverbank State Park to learn how technology can improve their lives. (2:20)
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, more than 2,000 senior residents of The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) received hands-on training with new technologies like iPods, digital cameras and social media such as Twitter at NYCHA’s 6th Annual Senior Benefit & Entitlement Fair, held at Riverbank State Park.
The new wireless connection was key to a number of activities at the fair, which in addition to its traditional focus on health and health screenings, featured workshops with computers, cell phones, digital cameras and other mobile devices, as well as instruction for seniors on using Internet search tools like Google and social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
“We wanted to make sure that they weren’t intimidated by technology, that they have not only the use of it for real information but also for social networking and the ability to stay connected,” said NYCHA chairman, John Rhea.
Bruce Lincoln, CTICE’s entrepreneur in residence, said he was excited to help create “a vibrant, community-based atmosphere that would basically show why it’s so important for seniors to have [Internet] access in their homes.” He called the newly Wi-Fi-enabled Riverbank Park a place “where technology functions as a civic asset.”