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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and MC Hammer speak on Oakland Digital Literacy

What do the Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and MC Hammer have in common?

They both love Oakland and support Oakland Digital, a not-for-profit, with the mission is to educate, inspire and empower underserved communities to participate and succeed in the digital economy.

This morning I attend the second annual Social Media for Small Business event at City Hall where both Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Mc Hammer spoke on digital literacy. The event was created by Oakland Digital (ODALC), a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public benefit organization.

Oakland Digital’s Inspire Program strives to improve the lives of aspiring graphic designers in the East Bay, with the provision of an outlet of creativity for the underserved artist. Students have the opportunity to create a professional portfolio piece critiqued by industry experts, build tangible resume skills, and compete in a design competition to be featured on traditional and digital billboards.

SMfSB is Oakland Digital’s one day, five-hour event served as a neutral educational and learning platform for local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. SMfSB broke social media down into easy-to-understand pieces, so attendees could make sense of and utilize digital tools and technology as a platform to grow their business.

MC Hammer, the Oakland rapper / dancer / preacher / entrepreneur, is made a special appearance, speaking about the power of social and Oakland Digital’s work to help transform Oakland into an area that flourishes through technology, innovation and collaboration among diverse community members.

MC Hammer during his talk also emphasized the America’s Cup is not only on the water in San Francisco… Events will be happening in Jack London Square.

Jean Quan spoke about Pandora, Zynga, and other businesses in Oakland. Mayor Quan also thanked the Oakland Digital Organization for all their hard work.

Tech experts from Google, Yelp, Constant Contact,, Jimdo, GoPago and Oakland Digital were also there to host this historic educational presentation on digital tools for small businesses!

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