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Shaun Tai
Works at Oakland Digital (ODALC)
Attended San José State University
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#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ : "Oakland’s history and continuing legacy of resistance and fighting for social change is inspiring. Even on a national level, Oakland is seen as the epicenter of movement and direct action. I’m inspired by the courage and brilliance required to bring attention to the injustices happening to our communities. A common image central to these actions is using a method known as lock-boxes. So I chose an activist with lock-boxes on her arms as the centerpiece of the design, with the words “Inspire Oakland.” Behind the figure is the Lake Merritt skyline, with silhouettes of a group of activists locked together. The design captures the spirit of Oakland (and the nation) in these times. It has the potential to evoke conversation, whether in approval or in frustration. Most of all, it speaks to the experiences and hopes of underrepresented and under-served communities," says Jack D., Inspire Oakland 2015 student and Grand Prize designer.
Check out Jack's Inspire Oakland billboard located at Grand Ave & Sunny Slope in Oakland - the billboard receives 83,877 weekly impressions! ‪#‎Design4Good‬ ‪#‎InspireOakland‬
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"My design is about Oakland’s art and culture, especially Jazz and Hip-Hop, being deeply rooted in Oakland’s history. I focused the design on two music icons: Khalil Shaheed, a noted jazz trumpet player from Oakland, and soul singer-songwriter, Goapele. The dynamic colors match Oakland’s dynamic culture," says Ricky C., Inspire Oakland 2015 student and Top 5 designer.
Check out Ricky's Inspire Oakland billboard located at Macarthur Blvd and San Pablo Ave in Oakland - the billboard receives 35,493 weekly impressions! Opportunity made possible with the help of U.S. Bank, individual donors, and the City of Oakland, Cultural Funding Program. ‪#‎InspireOakland
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Paralyze resistance with persistence: Five years ago, Oakland-resident Jesse Elias worked at Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC). Last night, Jesse made his network television debut on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show (2.6 million total viewers)! From the entire team at Oakland Digital, CONGRATS, we are so proud of you, and keep living out your dream as a stand up comedian!! ‪#‎InspireOakland
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Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders: Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC) was interviewed by CORO Youth Fellows earlier this afternoon. The Fellows are making a presentation about Oakland Digital's important work this Friday at the Asian Resource Center (310 8th Street, Room 101). CORO's mission is to empower individuals to effect change in communities. ‪#‎InspireOakland‬
Photos by Jennifer Warren for Oakland Digital, 2015. Post-production and collage by ZTY Media.
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ARTICLE: East Bay Express features Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC) in "Cultivating the Next Generation of East Bay Entrepreneurs" story alongside WOW Farm, Youth Radio / Youth Media International, Hack The Hood, and The Real Oakland. Our nonprofits invest in underserved young people to prepare them for the workforce.

"The community impact of Oakland Digital is two-fold: Oakland's older business owners become equipped with tools to thrive in the digital age, and lower-income students of color get paid to cultivate the skills necessary to launch their design and marketing careers after graduation."

Read more @ http://bit.ly/odalcexpress 

Special thanks to Nastia Voynovskaya! Collage by Olivia English for Oakland Digital, 2015. #TechInclusion #DiversityinTech #TechforGood #Tech4Good #DesignforGood #Design4Good #OaklandDigital #ODALC
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It’s Official: #OaklandDigital #ODALC and #CalStateEastBay #CSUEB are partnering for “What’s Next in Tech” event discussing importance of #DiversityinTech #WomeninTech #DigitalLiteracy and #Opportunity among next #generation of #tech #pipeline#Shoutout to #CalState #EastBay #President #LeroyMorishita and The #Office of #University Advancement! #InspireOakland #InspireEastBay 
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"Whether it’s traditional art, street art, theater or food, Oakland has a lot to offer. Oakland is famously known for their taco trucks – and with each bite we take, Oakland continues to inspire not just Oakland, but surrounding communities and cultures," says Maritza G., Inspire Oakland 2015 student and Top 14 designer.
 Check out Maritza's Inspire Oakland billboard located at International Blvd & 20th Ave in Oakland - the billboard receives 61,147 weekly impressions! Opportunity made possible with the help of individual donors (like you!) and the City of Oakland, Cultural Funding Program. ‪#‎InspireOakland
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Fri, JULY 17: Social Media for Small Businesses - Google, Twitter, Square, Oakland Digital - Oakland City Hall, Council Chambers - Opening remarks by Mayor Libby Schaaf - FREE REGISTRATION at http://www.oaklandsocialmedia.com | ‪#‎OaklandSocialMedia
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"The classical architecture and art deco buildings of Oakland are monuments to the creative and artistic spirit of Oakland. Details of the classic and art deco architecture are found in nearly every neighborhood," says Craig B., Inspire Oakland 2015 student and Top 5 designer.
 Check out Craig's Inspire Oakland billboard located at Broadway & 42nd in Oakland (directly next to Oakland Technical High School and Bluebottle)! Opportunity made possible with the help of The Clorox Company, individual donors, and the City of Oakland, Cultural Funding Program. ‪#‎InspireOakland
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Everybody say Warriors... WARRIORS! ‪#‎OaklandWarriors‬ ‪#‎NBA‬ ‪#‎Champs‬ !!! Congrats from Team Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)! Shout-out 2 @MCHammer @E40 @kanyewest @ODALC
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INSPIRE OAKLAND Designers - David Bellona, Senior Designer at Twitter and volunteer at Oakland Digital, suggests the following readings to guide in your growth as UI/UX designers and understand the opportunities ahead:
Designing for Interaction by Dan Saffer: Solid starter book on digital product design.
Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design: A step up from Dan's book. Gives a few more in depth examples and covers more system and service design rather than single touchpoints.
Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps: Accessible guide to designing mobile apps for the iphone. Solid mobile design principles in here.
Grouped: Written by an ex-Facebook employee, on basic structures of social networks and how ideas spread on social media through small groups. Really great small read on how social networks work.
Thank you David! ‪#‎InspireOakland‬ ‪#‎FridayForGood‬
Flyer designed by Olivia English for Oakland Digital, 2015.
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"Oakland Digital promotes the Oakland community in many positive ways; supporting local businesses, providing real opportunity for students. Our Inspire Oakland billboards are seen by thousands of people and all are created by local designers," says Inspire Oakland 2015 design student, Lisa K.
LIMITED EDITION "Oakland Digital" Hoodie included with every donation of $75 or more, www.odalc.org/donate.
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Executive Director
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  • Oakland Digital (ODALC)
    Executive Director, 2009 - present
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
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East Bay, California, USA - California, USA
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(510) 435-2945
Email
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1224 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
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Executive Director at Oakland Digital (@ODALC)
Introduction

2014: Feb. 2014, Shaun, in partnership with AT&T’s 28 Days Campaign for Black History Month, produced 11,570 pieces of digital media content (social currency) that yielded over 90 million impressions.

2013: May 22nd, Shaun selected to keynote SJSU’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Graduation Ceremony & Orientation addressing 1,700 students.

2012: Shaun led the expansion of a workforce development program spanning 3 cities, 5 educational institutions, empowering 400 underserved students, and receiving 4,110,000 bulletin impressions [odalc.org, 2012].

2011: Oct. 27th, Shaun recognized by California State University, East Bay as a ‘Hometown Hero’ featured on Comcast Newsmakers / CNN Headline News [csueastbay.edu, 2011].

2011: Mar. 25th, Shaun organized the first ever “Social Media for Small Business” at Oakland City Hall aimed at helping economically disadvantaged small business owners [examiner.com, 2011].

2010: Oct. 2nd, Shaun's video “Tweedia Day 2010: Warriors Media Day” was the second most tweeted video in sports [ZOCIALtv, 2010].

2009: Jul. 31st, Shaun founded Oakland Digital (ODALC), a non-profit corporation that empowers underserved citizens to succeed in the digital economy [irs.gov, 2009].

2008: Shaun successfully documented the history of Bay Area urban culture, creating an online campaign that exceeded 14-million video views [SFBG, 2009].

2007: McCall Design Group partnered with Shaun on an award-winning, green-building design for affordable and sustainable second-unit housing in Northern California [Public Architecture, 2007].

2003-2006: Shaun obtained his second and third education degrees: BS in Advertising Management and MA in Architectural & Urban Design [SJSU, 2006].

1998-2002: Shaun obtained his first education degree: BA in Digital Graphics [CSUEB, 2002].

2001: Shaun co-founded an award-winning automotive group that was the sole influence for the $155-million grossing movie “The Fast and the Furious” [Guardian UK, 2001].

Specialties

• Creative Strategist: planning, directing and executing campaigns.

• Tech Philanthropist: devoting resources to promote technology for social good.

• eMarketeer: creating, communicating and delivering value to the customer, online.

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http://www.shauntai.com
Education
  • San José State University
    Master of Science, 2005 - 2007
  • San José State University
    Bachelor of Science, 2003 - 2005
  • California State University, East Bay
    Bachelor of Arts, 1998 - 2002
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