This summer, technology-curious individuals of all ages are invited to visit Chinatown House’s Community Digital Lab at 188 East Pender Street.

Launched with the support of Microsoft and the Vancouver Computer Graphic Society (VCGA), the Community Digital Lab offers free programming, workshops, and mentor-led labs in July and August for kids and adults in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).

“Technology is such a huge part of our society today, and it is up to organizations such as ourselves to offer programming to those who are interested but may not otherwise have the means to access it,” says Minna Van, executive director of Chinatown House.

“I’m proud of the team for helping this dream come to fruition. Part of the proceeds to get this up and running came from our Ca Phe Vietnamese Coffee House pop-up. I hope the courses, workshops, and lab time really invigorate the community to go after their own interest in tech.”

The Community Digital Lab represents a new kind of learning where kids, youth, and adult mentors work together on projects using technology to explore, experiment and express in new ways. The Lab will have leading-edge software for participants to create their own artwork, animations, simulations, multimedia presentation, virtual worlds, musical creations, and more.

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