The Summer of Smart is an intensive, three-month experiment in urban innovation.  Over the course of this summer, urbanists of many disciplines – developers, designers, planners, journalists, civic leaders, community activists, and more – will come together to address the most pressing issues facing cities today.  In the end, the leading projects will be publicly presented to candidates in the San Francisco mayoral race, along with an esteemed panel of experts, to generate a meaningful dialogue around the potential of new tools to create lasting change.

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Summer of Smart is an initiative of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (@GAFFTA), one of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for social good.  GAFFTA is proud to partner with San Francisco Department of Technology and many others to make Summer of Smart possible.

GAFFTA brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture. We fund programs aimed at the production, research, and dissemination of digital culture where art, science, technology, and society intersect. We bring diverse communities together to incubate ideas, and we support and showcase the projects they create. We host classes, workshops, seminars, and symposia taught and attended by the very people that are transforming today’s digital age.

Please see the video below for recent examples of our work:


For press inquiries and information on participation, sponsorship, and partnership for Summer of Smart, please contact:

Jake Levitas, Research Director, GAFFTA

SoS [at] gaffta [dot] org

Summer of Smart is made possible by the generous support of our public and private sponsors:

Lead Sponsor

San Francisco Foundation

Innovation Weekend Sponsors

Adobe Foundation

Community Sponsors



National Endowment for the Arts

Participating Sponsors


Smart Supporters


San Francisco Department of Technology

The Bay Citizen

Code for America



SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research)




MIT SENSEable Cities Lab


Tenderloin Technology Lab

New America Media


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