SFTech4Good November 2015: Civic Tech

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Welcome members old and new!  Thanks for being a part of SFTech4Good. Check out the links to both our events and suggestions from the group below.  

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SFTech4Good and Sponsor Events


Code for America Civic Hack Night + SFTech4Good: Civic Tech Night

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Join us for a night of inspiring presentations and collaboration on civic tech projects with SFTech4Good and Code for San Francisco at the Bloomberg Tech Hub!


Bloomberg Tech Hub

140 New Montgomery St., 22nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105


About the Bloomberg West Coast Technology Hub:

In May 2015, Bloomberg opened its first west coast tech hub in San Francisco located in the landmark art deco PacBell Building at 140 New Montgomery Street. Bloomberg’s unique technology has transformed financial decision-making and brought transparency to global financial markets. The new tech hub will expand and evolve the company’s technological footprint, while attracting top engineering talent in the Bay Area.


**IMPORTANT: Attendees must provide their full first name and last name when RSVPing in order to attend the event. We are unable to accept walk-ins or attendees who didn't RSVP through the Eventbrite page here:


Please bring a photo ID to check in with security.



6:00 PM: Networking, Food, Beer & Wine (all evening)

6:30 PM: Charles Belle from Startup Policy Lab

6:45 PM: 1 min pitches / lightning talks about Civic Hack projects

7:00 PM: Civic Hack Night project collaborations in small groups

8:30 PM: Wrap up


Weekly on Wednesdays: Code for America Civic Hack Night


Interested in helping San Francisco? Excellent!  Whether or not you know how to code, you can help! Join a weekly hack (hacking = building) night focused on open government and civic tech in San Francisco.



Events we are not hosting, but you might want to know about


Oct 26 - #TechCares Series: Tech Startups for Justice

Come learn about Technology for Criminal Justice Reform. With Ben Jealous (Partner at Kapor Capital and former CEO of the NAACP) and Paul Perry (Director of the RESET Foundation), this will highlight some challenges and innovations in the criminal justice reform movement.

6:00-8:00 pm

San Francisco




Oct 29 - Info Session for Youth & Nonprofits on Career Mentoring

Work in a nonprofit with underserved youth? Learn about Generation - a McKinsey Social Initiative helping youth kickstart careers by offering industry-leading occupational training and mentoring.  Nov 6 is the app deadline for a 6-week, retail and hospitality program in SF in partnership with Goodwill. Come to the kickoff to learn more!

6:00 pm

San Francisco

Free, please RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/hyQz9PtBG0

Questions? Contact Chris Villela, Generation SF Associate, at christopher_villela@mckinsey.com


Oct 29 - Girltank Women Social Entrepreneur Coffee Collaboration Chats

Join the girltank community of female social entrepreneurs for collaboration & community. Come inspired. Leave energized!

San Francisco


4:00-6:00 pm

RSVP: https://girltankbaycollaborate.eventbrite.com


Oct 30 - Extract Data Conference

Data stories that will entertain, educate and inspire. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about data, told by the people who know it best. Mix 1 part growth hacking, 2 parts data analysis, and toss in a dash of mad scientist. Includes presentations by leaders at Netflix, Instagram, Lyft, 500 Startups, Yelp & more, as well as hands-on workshops.

9 am to 5 pm

San Francisco


$250-350 - with 40% off for SFTech4Good members with the code “Extract40”


Oct 31 - Deadline for $25 discount to Do Good Data conference in Chicago

Do Good Data is the leading conference on data, research, and analytics for social sector professionals. Hear from some of the most innovative and forward-thinking leaders in the social sector about how data is creating a more effective sector.


April 27-29, 2016


$25 discount if you register with the code “SFTech4Good” by October 31


Oct 31 - deadline to apply for 2016 LIFT fellowship with HandsOn Bay Area

Check out this year-long program that combines professional development with hands-on volunteer experiences to cultivate strong civic leaders in the Bay Area’s social sector. Fellows gain knowledge and develop skills that will enhance their ability to create change in their community while supporting the staff and mission of HandsOn Bay Area.

Info/Apply: http://www.handsonbayarea.org/lift

Regions: San Francisco, Silicon Valley, or the East Bay.

Questions? Contact Joey Guerin at joey@hoba.org


Nov 5 - Business and Homelessness Symposium

How do homelessness and business affect each other? How can businesses partner with nonprofits and government to get more involved? Hosted by Community Housing Partnership, this discussion includes panelists from The Economist, Zendesk, a San Francisco City Supervisor, and others.

By donation

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/business-and-homelessness-symposium-finding-a-common-ground-for-engagement-tickets-18851189415

San Francisco

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Nov 6 - Deadline to Enter the JustTransit San Francisco Challenge

Do you have an idea for how to make San Francisco transit cleaner by reducing emissions while increasing access? JustTransit SF is looking for solutions that reduce emissions while increasing access to all San Franciscans. Everyone is invited to participate so if you have a great idea, they want to hear about it! You can win $25K, $50K or $125K to implement your solution. The top three solutions will win the funds to take their ideas to the streets!

Info/apply: http://justtransitsf.com/about-the-challenge/


Nov. 6-7 - Social Innovation Hackathon at UC Berkeley

If you’re a data geek, UI designer, or policy wonk, come enjoy a weekend of planning, prototyping and hacking with the California Civic Data Coalition.  Help develop creative solutions to problems at the intersection of design, data science, and public policy.


November 6-7

UC Berkeley School of Information            



Nov 6 - Deadline to Become a Judge for the Big Ideas innovation competition

Got 4-6 hours to volunteer? Help judge the Big Ideas student innovation competition.  Unlike traditional business plan competitions which vet for-profit companies, the ultimate goal of Big Ideas is to support students in making social change.  Judging happens online between November 16th and December 7th, on your own schedule. It’s a great way to get involved in innovation and grow your network!

Learn more: http://bigideas.berkeley.edu/judges/

Sign up to volunteer by contacting alixcharles@berkeley.edu


Nov. 6 - Deadline to apply to pitch your startup to Social Enterprise Alliance SF

Win prizes, feedback, and support for your #socent pitch. Practice with a friendly crowd before you pitch to impact investors. Bring business cards!




Nov 7 - Civic Tech Challenge

Generation Citizen is hosting a Civic Tech Challenge to bring together innovators from the tech, business, education, and nonprofit sectors - along with local elected officials. You can:

1) Be an event volunteer

2) Attend various workshops during the day (discounts for YNPN members)

3) Attend the evening reception (tickets here)

4) Refer your tech friends to register to join a hack team

San Francisco

9 am-6 pm hackathon

6:00-9:00 pm reception

Questions? Contact David Moren at dmoren@generationcitizen.org


Nov 9 - Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and SVPI's Paul Shoemaker

Join Silicon Valley Social Venture fund (SV2) and Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) for an evening discussing philanthropy, impact investing, and mentoring social entrepreneurs around the world.

Palo Alto

6:00-8:30 pm




Nov 9 - Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and SVPI's Paul Shoemaker

Join Silicon Valley Social Venture fund (SV2) and Paul Shoemaker of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) for an evening about finding and following your social impact passion. Paul will talk about his new book, Can’t Not Do and engage Caitlin Heising and her mother, Liz Simons, of the Heising-Simons Foundation in conversation about their philanthropic journeys.

Palo Alto

6:00-8:30 pm




Nov 12 - Valuing Diversity in Design and Technology

What can we all do together to create a more inclusive industry?  Panelists include Black Girls Code, KPCB, Accel Partners, AIGA SF and will be moderated by Megan Rose Dickey at TechCrunch.  Co-produced by Inneract Project, which provides free design education to minority youth in underserved communities - opening pathways to higher education and opportunities to explore careers in design and technology.


San Francisco



Nov 12 - Civic Mixer with CivicMakers

If you care about democracy and technology in our communities, workplaces and institutions,, and want to meet other changemakers, to this mixer!

5:00-7:30 pm


San Francisco



Nov 16 - Social Media for Nonprofits Conference

Learn about social media and digital marketing from local and national nonprofit experts. Gain insights to improve your fundraising, advocacy, and community building.


***There are still scholarships available for the conference. Apply ASAP!  http://socialmedia4nonprofits.org/sf/

9:30 am - 5 pm

San Francisco

Question? Contact Jenna Spagnolo: jenna@sm4np.org


Nov 16 - Cause Communications Meetup

This event will be peer coaching meets speed dating!  Attendees will break into small groups on a range of topics (social media, communications planning, email marketing, storytelling, and working with campaign/program staff).  There will be a structured approach for sharing challenges and discussing solutions that will then be shared back with the group as a whole.

No matter what you’re working on or what level of expertise you’re at, you’ll learn a ton and help others, too!  Communications consultants welcome, too.

San Francisco

6:00-8:00 pm

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/november-16-2015-cause-communications-community-meetup-peer-coaching-tickets-19106887214

Join the Bay Area Nonprofit Communications Meetup on LinkedIn for more updates

Questions? Contact event host Annabelle Gardner: annabelle@youngmindsadvocacy.org




Resources and Volunteering Opportunities


Volunteer Teacher Needed for Job Searching with Social Media course at the SF Library

If you have 90 minutes once a month throughout 2016, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  The SF Public Library Jobs & Careers Center needs a teacher for a free class about networking using social media for job searching.  The class is monthly from 6-7:30 pm with 15-20 people.

To apply, contact Donya Drummond: donya.drummond@sfpl.org


Software/UX Volunteers Needed for over 4-6 months

Raksha connects South Asian women ages 18-24 in Fremont, California to free and low-cost health and domestic violence services via their mobile phones. Raksha (Hindi for "protection") improves access to local domestic violence resources with culturally-competent content.

Volunteers are needed to support the development of the Raksha mobile-responsive website and database of local services. Projects include defined 40 hour projects in several areas:

  • Web developer

  • UX/UI architect

  • Graphic designer

To sign up or get more info, contact Alex Medina at alex@yth.org.


Bay Area Hackathons - List of Events on Quora

Check out the list of hackathons happening in the Bay Area this fall: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-hackathons-taking-place-in-the-Bay-Area-during-Fall-2015


Civic Job Resources

If you’re interested in civic tech, Govdelivery is hiring a Software Engineer: https://www.govdelivery.com/careers/software-engineer

Also - follow @civicjobsf on Twitter and stay up to date with jobs (often in local government) that are making SF as better place to live & work. Please reference SFTech4Good/Code for San Francisco when applying.


Civic Tech news: PolicyHacks from Startup Policy Lab

See news.startuppolicylab.org - PolicyHacks is their first effort to create a space tools for people to discover curated news, information, and a community of people interested in technology and policy. Currently in beta.

Feedback on what’s broken, what you do/don’t like or what you want more of is appreciated.

Contact Charles Belle <charles@startuppolicylab.org with your suggestions!


Volunteer Opportunity for Your Company: Startups Give Back

Startups Give Back matches nonprofits and startups for volunteering events. If you want to show up for a few hours or a day and volunteer, Startups Give Back can help you find a volunteering opportunity (currently San Francisco only).  Check out www.startupsgiveback.org for details! Or contact Jeremy Brown at jeremy@startupmoxie.com with any questions.




Thanks to our awesome sponsors!



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That’s all for November!


- Katharine and Regina

SFTech4Good organizers

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P.P.S. We can always use volunteers at our events for help with setup/cleanup! Contact us if you’re interested in helping out with future events.