Fix-It Tech Events
Bringing people together through education and technology
The Fix-It Tech program continues in 2017, thanks to the support of dedicated volunteers and community partners! The program has transitioned from the City IT Department to be led by volunteers. You can still find upcoming event details and program history below.
Wednesday, April 5
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Worn Wear Tour at University of Minnesota - The City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling and the Fix-It Tech program are participating to promote repair and reuse
300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tuesday, May 16
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
A special event for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance - 2017 Net Inclusion conference!
Friday, June 9
2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Oak Park - Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN, 55411
Location ideas for 2017? Contact the Fix-It Tech core team to discuss opportunities.
Fix-It Tech is a free community technology education event providing computer repair, education and resources.
Have a Computer Question or Issue?
- If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!
- Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.
Details & What to Bring:
- First come, first served. Labor is FREE. Volunteers can offer advice on purchasing parts online or at local repair stores
- Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.
- Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.
Free Workshops and Resources
- Short sessions will cover basic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers. More about Fix-It Tech Workshop topics.
Get involved: Fix-It Tech is run by volunteers and community partners
Anyone can join the team to help run the program, coordinate outreach, plan locations and schedule, and of course help with repairs and share tech expertise during events. Contact the Fix-It Tech core team to discuss opportunities. Also see Hennepin County's Fix-it Clinic website to volunteer to help with tech repairs or bring an item to be fixed.
Fix-It Tech Event Goals
Community education: offering hands-on technical experience that helps residents get their items fixed; provides a place to get tech questions answered and get tips on how to maintain and protect personal devices;
IT workforce development: IT students gain experience in tech support alongside IT professionals and connect with residents concerning their technology needs;
Raise awareness of technology programs: the event provides a venue to promote free digital literacy training resources, low cost computer and Internet options, local IT education programs, and IT careers.
The City's IT Department initiated the Fix-It Tech events with community partners in response to the Minneapolis Community Technology survey results and our experiences working with residents on their technology needs. The 2014 survey results show that residents overall are not very comfortable troubleshooting computer problems, installing software or backing up files, or protecting themselves online.
Our program history section shows where we've been with locations, dates, photos & stories from previous Fix-It Events!
Our original partners in Fix-It Tech are TAKODA Institute - a Division of the American Indian OIC, and Little Earth of United Tribes.
Thanks to more partners, we have expanded with participation from:
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
RESOURCE - Minnesota Resource Center
Tech Dump / Tech Discounts
Neighborhood House - Wellstone Center
University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability
iFixit and Post Landfill Action Network
We look forward to continuing Fix-It Tech events at a variety of locations in 2017.
Contact the Fix-It Tech Team to get involved and to host an event.
Last updated Apr 24, 2017