CityCampSF Hackathon! Dec. 10-11

Join CityCampSF, Gov 2.0 Radio, GovFresh, OpenSF, Third Thursdays SF and Granicus for 24 hours of civic innovation!

Challenges include:

Best demonstration app for assessing the true impacts of clear-cutting in the Sierra Nevadas;

Best app combining City data sources for true transparency in SF campaign donations, lobbying and contracting;

Best use of Granicus APIs;

We’ll also be formally launching an advocacy campaign for structured open data definitions in San Francisco municipal and California state law. Endorse that effort here.

More to be announced! Submit a challenge or ask questions on the CityCampSF Hackathon Projects page.

If you’d like to contribute to covering the costs of the event, pitch in here. Thanks!

Read more about CityCamp here.

December 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM – December 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM
600 Harrison St
Suite 120
San Francisco, CA 94107
Google map and directions
Adriel Hampton · · 415-237-4299

CityCampSF 2011 – Ideas and Action

CityCampSF 2011 is just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 18! If you haven’t already, please register, and invite your friends.

CityCampSF is free, but we’re still accepting sponsorships. If you or your company would like to chip in (and be included in our promotional materials), please contact Jay Nath at Jay dot Nath at sfgov dot org.

TechCentralSF is hosting a pre-CityCampSF mixer and panel on “Gamification for Good” on June 17. You can get advance discount tickets here.

Have ideas for unconference sessions? List and vote on them here.

It’s On! CityCampSF 2011 Registration, Session Feedback Live

I’m very pleased to announced that we’ve finalized a venue for CityCampSF 2011 on June 18,. 8:30 to 4 p.m. The SF Department of Technology has opened up the Atrium at 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor, for our free civic tech unconference.

Sign up now for CityCampSF 2011 now, as we expect to fill the venue and will be taking registered folks ahead of same-day attendees.

Have ideas for CityCampSF session topics? Suggest and vote on our UserVoice site.

If you’d like to help organize the event, email If you’d like to sponsor food and supplies for CityCampSF at the gold ($500) or silver ($250) levels, email me as well. Thanks to Blockboard for our first gold sponsorship! Sponsors get their logo and site link featured prominently on our registration page and mentions across our social media channels.

Follow CityCampSF on Twitter and support the civic tech movement in SF by joining Third Thursdays on Facebook and in person each month on the third Thursday of the month at Mavelous, 1408 Market St (in June, Third Thursdays will be joining the SFOpen 2011 mayoral opengov forum and not at our regular location).

Look forward to seeing you on June 18th!

Building the Movement

Craig Newmark, fresh off the launch of CraigConnects, with Entertainment Commission Director Jocelyn Kane; Zonability founder Leigh Budlong with Department of Technology Innovation Director Jay Nath.

Startup founders, developers, Gov 2.0 and transportation innovation enthusiasts, neighborhood activists and city workers helped lay another stone in the foundation of a sustainable civic tech movement in San Francisco last night, at the second installment of the Third Thursdays networking event. The informal gathering, organized by CityCampSF, OpenSF, GovFresh and Gov 2.0 Radio, aims to build a core Gov 2.0 community in the City through regular get-togethers that sustain and build ties between unconferences.

Thanks to a great turnout from the Code for America fellows and many more and a great opening presentation from the organizers of TransportationCamp, the event at Mavelous near Civic Center (and kitty corner from Twitter’s proposed new HQ) was a great success.

In other CityCampSF news, the umbrella CityCamp organization is now set up to take tax-deductible donations from organizations that want to help support the global network of civic unconferences, making it easier for local organizers to focus on community instead of sponsorships. This news quickly resulted in a $5,000 donation from Tropo, adding to strong support from open government advocates like Sunlight Foundation and GovLoop.

Stay tuned for upcoming news about CityCampSF dates, and hope to see you at the next Third Thursdays event!

Third Thursdays SF; Upcoming Events

Third Thursdays SF, Feb. 17, 2011It was great to see friends old and new out for Third Thursdays SF last night! Third Thursdays is an informal monthly tech+civics meetup sponsored by CityCampSF, OpenSF, GovFresh and Gov 2.0 Radio.

Keep up with Third Thursdays on our Facebook page, where we’ll be posting details of the next get-together.

A couple other upcoming events I want to let citycampers know about:

Feb. 28, 5:30-7:45, I’m leading a free workshop on advanced social media tactics at the coffee and wine bar Mavelous SF near Civic Center. The material will start at 6 sharp, and is targeted for folks already using Twitter or Facebook for government or small business who want to take their skills to the next step. RSVP here.

March 19-20, is Transportation Camp West in SF, a free unconference focused on transit. CityCampSF is sponsoring this great event, presented by OpenPlans and the Rockefeller Foundation. I hope to see you there! RSVP here.

CityCampSF January 2011 Meetup

CityCampSF’s first meetup of the year proved there’s nothing like a cross-section of Bay Area innovators to make a party.

At former Supervisor Chris Daly’s bar near Civic Center, more than 20 citycampers gathered to exchange ideas, network and scheme virtuously. Perhaps on of my favorite quotes was from Rich Hauptman, a long-time political activist who attended the CityCampSF unconference last October and has organized a big State of the Union watch party at Daly’s bar for next week: “Who are these people? I don’t think I know any of them!”

I say when you’ve got two dozen Gov 2.0 activists mingling with San Francisco’s longtime neighborhood organizers, things are going well.

A few of the ideas discussed tonight:

  • Spinning off a CityCamp-style model for engagement and collaboration on university campuses;
  • Local political action to support candidates who internalize an open government/Gov 2.0 platform;
  • Supporting synergistic events by other groups and organizers to build the opengov network and community;
  • Changing the name of CityCampSF to include a more regional motif.

It was also great to see several CodeforAmerica fellows in attendance. We’ll soon be announcing a Saturday in February for a more formal planning meeting for the 2011 CityCampSF agenda. Watch this space and @CityCampSF for more details coming soon. And keep on innovating!

CityCampSF: ‘The Grinder’

In our latest conference call on CityCampSF, we discussed a tentative date of May 21 for another event, using Civic Center space and a new action-oriented format proposed by Daniel Homsey, director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network. Daniel calls this format “The Grinder”:


1. Solicit from community stakeholders (residents / community organizations / agencies serving the community) problems that they need a maniacally focused group of experts to help address

2. Problems should require a layered strategy to resolve (political / policy / technology)

3. Arrange for an expert in of the areas outlined in item 2 to be able to provide technical support all day at the Camp

Day of City Camp:

1. Opening Session: Introduction of Problems / Opportunities

2. First Round of Break Out groups form around each Problem / Opportunity – additional drill down

3. Second Round Break Out – team breaks into the three skill areas (political / policy / technology) – solution identification

4. Third Round Break Out – team designs actual solution

5. Fourth Rounds Break Out – team maps out implementation / project plan

6. All Team Report Out of Project Plans

Your thoughts and input are welcome. Additionally, if you’re working on a CityCampSF project, please keep attendees and organizers in the loop by updating to the CityCampSF Google group.

Big Chance to Support Open Data in San Francisco

Jay Nath, SF’s tech innovations director, would like to share an important opportunity to support Open Data legislation in San Francisco (THIS WEEK!):
I’m reaching out to you to ask that you support open data legislation that is being heard this Thursday in SF’s City Hall. As civic activists, you more than anyone else understand the potential of liberating government data. Here are some ways to show your support:
* Sign the online twitter petition [5 secs]
* Email the following people stating your support [>1min]
* Show up for the fun! See details [30min]