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    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 […]

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    Four Ways Summer of Smart has Reinvented Civic Hackathons

    Personal Democracy Forum‘s TechPresident recently published a post on the drawbacks of “civic hackathons” – weekends where, generally, developers and designers set out to solve city problems through coding and rapid prototyping in the course of 48 hours or less. This post, from TechPresident Associate Editor Nick Judd, was followed up by a very well-written article from Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar highlighting […]

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    Second Summer of Smart Hackathon Tackles Buildings, Transportation and Sustainability

      Building data. It’s a small thing, but what if the buildings where we live, work and play were able to show us how they work? How much energy they use, what their carbon footprint is, how they compare to the building next door? Building data. It’s also a huge thing, a salvo in the […]

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    One Month In, Summer of Smart has Reimagined Democracy through Grassroots Innovation

    Summer of Smart: Our Vision for Democracy 3.0 In 2008, the US experienced the first coming of Democracy 2.0 – a social phenomenon that used technology and social media as a way to reduce the barriers between citizens and government and rethink civic participation. Grassroots fundraising took on a new face, citizens could submit debate […]

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Hacking, Sustainability, and DIY Urbanism Through the Night at Summer of Smart

This guest post was written by Jessica Pearce of GovFresh. It’s 9:15 on Friday night, and there are over 100 people milling around the GAFFTA headquarters in the historic Warfield Building. Wandering around, you hear one group talking about using current and historical Muni data to, in the words of GAFFTA’s co-founder and Chairman Peter Hirshberg, “make the bus […]

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Diving into Energy Data: Open Data’s Next Frontier

Here at GAFFTA, we are incredibly excited about the focus areas for the projects in our second Urban Innovation Weekend, coming up this weekend, July 22-24. Not only is the city helping us access new transportation data sets specifically for this event, but we are also tackling the topic of energy-use – an issue that […]

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Social Change 3.0 Panelists Discuss Access, Mobilizing Power of Social Media

Over 100 people came out to Hub SoMa Tuesday night to hear a panel discussion about if, and how, social media can spark tangible social change. A host of topics were discussed during the panel discussion and Q&A session, with two themes emerging over the course of the evening: first, strategizing how to break down […]

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Who Comes to a Hackathon for Everyone?

One of the most exciting parts of our Summer of Smart experiment here has been to witness the convergence of incredibly diverse – and historically disparate – communities. By opening up our Urban Innovation Weekends to be “hackathons for everyone” rather than focusing exclusively on designers and developers, we’ve seen teams come together and ideas […]

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One Month In, Summer of Smart has Reimagined Democracy through Grassroots Innovation

Summer of Smart: Our Vision for Democracy 3.0 In 2008, the US experienced the first coming of Democracy 2.0 – a social phenomenon that used technology and social media as a way to reduce the barriers between citizens and government and rethink civic participation. Grassroots fundraising took on a new face, citizens could submit debate […]

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Crowdsourcing Ideas for Civic Solutions

Over the past few weeks we’ve been soliciting project ideas via Twitter and live during CityCampSF to inspire and inform Summer of Smart hackathon attendees.  We’ve received a great deal of suggestions so far, ranging from city mural projects to a neighborhood dog-walking application – and we must say we’re excited about the results.