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October 6, 2011

Summer of Smart Final Mayoral Forum

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to get face-to-face with all 16 mayoral candidates of San Francisco and hear them address the issues you come face to face with every day: Muni, parks, pensions, open government, the budget and more. After co-hosting the first-ever mayoral forum on open government and technology in June with GovFresh and Change.org, INFORUM and GAFFTA are teaming up to produce this final forum to cap off Summer of Smart‘s four months of urban innovation – building new, community-sourced solutions to pressing city issues.

In this two-hour program, candidates will get up on one stage to discuss the topics San Franciscans are concerned about most. Ask them your own questions, then hear the Summer of Smart’s contest winners present their own innovative ideas to the mayoral candidates on how to address some of San Francisco’s most important issues using technology, open data, and new ways of thinking about the city.

An Historical Moment

This forum will mark the first time in political history that hackathon teams will present their projects to candidates in the course of an election. Also, building on the first Youtube debate in 2008 where questions to candidates were sourced directly from citizens, this will mark the first time that potential community-sourced solutions for government are presented to candidates by citizens. This supports the Gov 2.0 / open government belief that civic engagement is a two-way street, and that the best solutions come from government and community members working hand-in-hand to build new ideas.

You won’t want to miss this historical night for open government and 21st century civic engagement! Get your tickets now through the Commonwealth Club:

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The Race for Mayor 2011

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Michela Alioto-Pier, Former Supervisor, San Francisco District 2; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Cesar Ascarrunz, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
John Avalos, Supervisor, San Francisco District 11; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Terry Baum, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
David Chiu, Supervisor, President of the Board, San Francisco District 3; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Paul Currier, Community Organizer; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Bevan Dufty, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Tony Hall, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Emil Lawrence, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Ed Lee, Mayor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Wilma Pang, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Joanna Rees, Entrepreneur; Educator; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Phil Ting, Assessor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF
Leland Yee, State Senator, California District 8; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF

Melissa Griffin, Columnist, San Francisco Examiner; Co-Host, Necessary Conversations - Moderator
Beth Spotswood, Culture Blogger, SFGate.com; Co-host, Necessary Conversations– MC

Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 8 p.m. reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: Photo by Glenn Franco Simmons/Flickr

Location  Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club

 

Start: October 6, 2011 6:00 pm
End: October 6, 2011 9:00 pm
Venue: Commonwealth Club
Address:
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595 Market, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105

August 19, 2011

Urban Innovation Weekend 3: Public Health, Food, Nutrition, and Urban Agriculture

Join us for the third of three Urban Innovation Weekends as part of the Summer of Smart, with 48 hours of rapid civic prototyping and keynotes from Ann Veneman, Esther Dyson, and Dr. Jordan Shlain.

Take an idea to change the city as far as you can in 48 hours. Then bring your prototype to government and make it a reality. Welcome to Democracy 3.0.

A hackathon for everyone…where your work will be seen by the next mayor, and you can win a research residency, present to nine mayoral candidates, and other prizes!

The best solutions always emerge from diverse minds coming together to solve common problems. That’s why we’re inviting the Bay Area’s best urbanists, artists, journalists, scientists, communicators, business and civic minds, and more to join leading developers and designers in prototyping and building ways to improve life for all citizens of San Francisco – and eventually, beyond. (Who Should Attend) List your skillsets and areas of expertise in your registration, and check out what types of people you’ll be working with in the attendee list.

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Start: August 19, 2011 5:00 pm
End: August 21, 2011 8:00 pm
Venue: GAFFTA
Address:
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998 Market St., San Francisco

August 10, 2011

Community Wi-Fi Symposium

Logistics:

Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Times: 6pm – 8pm
Location: GAFFTA, 998 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
Registration:


Overview:

Join us August 10th for a symposium on Community Wi-Fi as part of the Summer of Smart, an initiative of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts(@GAFFTA) in partnership with San Francisco Department of Technology, Code for America, SPUR, The Bay Citizen, Change.org, GovFresh, Shareable, and many others! We’ll hear from thought leaders and launch a volunteer effort to build a free community wifi network in Mid-Market.

The symposium will have several speakers including a keynote address by Josh King, Technical Lead for the New America Foundation Open Technology Initiative. The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) proposes to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, Wi-Fi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network.
Prototyping a Community Wi-Fi Network

After hearing from community Wi-Fi speakers, a team will be formed to create a free wifi network in the Tenderloin and around Mid-Market. The team will use San Francisco’s 1 GB community broadband network and low cost wireless hardware to expand access. We will present our work directly to all nine major mayoral candidates at our final public forum in October. Our goal is to establish a new paradigm where the community co-creates the network with local government.

Agenda:
6-7: Drinks and networking
7-7:15: Community speakers: Ralf Muehlen (Internet Archive), Tim Pozar and more TBA.
7:15-7:30: Keynote speaker: Josh King
7:30-8:00 Introductions, icebreakers, idea-sharing, and team formation

Feel free to bring your questions, ideas, and research to the open discussion that will ensue after the presentations.

Keynote Speaker:

As a Technical Lead for the Open Technology Initiative at New America Foundation, Joshua King draws on his years of experience performing technology work at non-profit organizations to develop and implement free and open source software and hardware, keep abreast of emerging technologies and related initiatives throughout the world, evaluate and interpret a wide range of published information on future trends for telecommunications and media, and support the research infrastructure of an open Internet.
Before joining New America, Mr. King was a Systems Engineer for OJC Technologies. He served as an Americorps VISTA Leader and was an engineer and board member for both the CUWiN Foundation and Acorn Active Media Foundation. Mr. King volunteered as a lead technology worker within the Indymedia movement in Central Illinois.

Start: August 10, 2011
End: August 10, 2011
Venue: GAFFTA
Phone: 4158431423
Address:
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998 Market St., San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Cost: Varies

July 22, 2011

Urban Innovation Weekend 2: Sustainability, Energy, and Transportation

A hackathon for everyone…where your work will be seen by the next mayor, and you can win a research residency and other prizes!

The best solutions always emerge from diverse minds coming together to solve common problems. That’s why we’re inviting the Bay Area’s best urbanists, artists, journalists, scientists, communicators, business and civic minds, and more to join leading developers and designers in prototyping and building ways to improve life for all citizens of San Francisco – and eventually, beyond. (Who Should Attend) List your skillsets and areas of expertise in your registration, and check out what types of people you’ll be working with in the attendee list.

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Start: July 22, 2011 6:00 pm
End: July 24, 2011 6:00 pm
Venue: GAFFTA
Address:
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998 Market St., San Francisco

July 19, 2011

Social Change 3.0: Panel Discussion at Hub SoMa

We are delighted to announce this event, hosted by St. Anthony Foundation at Hub SoMa, as part of Summer of Smart’s ongoing dialog on how citizens can affect change and build solutions to urban issues. Read below for more info and RSVP today as space is limited!

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Can social Media really translate into social change? If so, how?
Join this exciting conversation with a panel of some of the most innovative Bay Area technology providers, including:

- Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist; see also www.craigconnects.org
- Sam Birney, Senior Engineer for Kiva.Org, see also http://www.kiva.org/about
- Ossama Hassanein, a passionate entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor and
venture capitalist; most recently as Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley
- Jake Levitas, Research Director at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA), see also http://www.gaffta.org/
- Megan Trotter, Tenderloin Technology Lab, see also http://tenderlointechlab.org

This event is part of Summer of Smart, a four month initiative from GAFFTA, SF Department of Technology, and others to reimagine the role of technology in democracy and civic issues. More info at www.summerofsmart.org

Limited seats available so RSVP now to secure your spot and be part of the change!

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Start: July 19, 2011 7:00 pm
End: July 19, 2011 9:00 pm
Venue: The Hub SoMa
Address:
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925 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, United States

June 24, 2011

Urban Innovation Weekend 1: Community Development and Public Art

Please join us for this special Summer of Smart weekend of hacking, speakers, discussion, and mixing!

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Start: June 24, 2011 6:00 pm
End: June 26, 2011 2:00 pm
Venue: GAFFTA
Address:
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998 Market St., San Francisco, 94102

June 18, 2011

CityCampSF 2011: Unconference on Civic Action

CityCampSF is an unconference focused on innovation for San Francisco Bay Area governments and community organizations.  It is municipal employees, journalists, developers and neighborhood leaders working on solutions for better communities and government.

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Start: June 18, 2011 9:00 am
End: June 18, 2011 4:00 pm
Venue: SF Dept of Technology
Address:
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1 South Van Ness, 2nd Floor Atrium, San Francisco, CA, United States

June 16, 2011

SFOpen 2011: Mayoral Candidates Debate Tech + Open Government

SFOpen 2011 brings together nine of the 2011 San Francisco Mayoral candidates for a discussion on open government, civic engagement, technology and innovation.  A post-event reception in the same space will be produced by GAFFTA in partnership with GovFresh and Change.Org.

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Start: June 16, 2011 5:00 pm
End: June 16, 2011 9:00 pm
Venue: Automattic / Wordpress
Address:
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Pier 38, San Francisco