DiscoTech: free workshops Sunday, April 15 at MOCAD

Join the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) for an afternoon at the "DiscoTech" (Discovering Technology Fair). This event is free and all ages are welcome. Learn more about the impact and possibilities of media and technology within our homes and communities. Take part in numerous hands-on workshops about the Internet, useful and free software, electronics, alternative energy, making your own music and many other interactive activities.

Get excited by reading this report from the last DiscoTech.

This event will be Sunday, April 15, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 4454 Woodward Ave. The event is free, open to all ages, and wheelchair accessible.

The DDJC will provide a free bus to and from the following locations:

Kemeny Rec Center (2260 South Fort St.)
Departing 1:30 p.m.
Returning: 4:00 p.m.

Church of the Messiah (231 East Grand Blvd)
Departing 1:30 p.m.
Returning: 4:00 p.m.

As part of the DiscoTech's Electronics workshop stations, there will be "Computer Anatomy," "Intro to Alternative Energy," and "How to Solder." Participants can also build their own audio synthesizer and magnetic throwies (basic LED circuits) to take home.

Attendees can visit the Consultation Station and engage in open Q & A sessions about social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, and Google’s free, open-source software packages. You can set up an e-mail account, and learn more about the Internet as a tool for community building through sharing pictures and local history.

The afternoon will also feature ongoing film screenings of "The Internet is Serious Business," a short documentary produced by youth from New York City’s City-As-School with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and People’s Production House. The film investigates how the Internet’s physical infrastructure works, who owns the Internet, and why it matters.

The Coalition is happy to host a range of special guests as well, including Detroit’s very own East Side Riders and special disco set by DJ Mike Medow.

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is comprised of local organizations who are committed empowering all people regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, citizenship, or wealth with free and universal access to digital media and the technology that leverages communication, knowledge growth, problem solving and creative production.

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is Allied Media Projects, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit Sierra Club, Hannan House Sound Studio, 5E Gallery, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, the 1440 Collective, the Hush House, the Open Technology Initiative, Real Media, Urban Neighborhoods Initiative and Work Department.

For more information, visit detroitdjc.org

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