WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
sf.citi, San Francisco Citizen's Initiative for Technology & Innovation now has over 165 sf.citi member companies, and counting. We at sf.citi believe the tech community and City government can work together to boost the economy and find technology-based solutions to historic issues facing San Francisco. We want to keep you informed! The following are recent announcements, upcoming events, and current projects.
CREATORS PROJECT INVADES SF: MONSTER ARTS AND TECH FESTIVAL After hosting festivals in Beijing, Sao Paulo, New York, Paris, Lyon and Seoul in 2011, the Creators Project will host its first-ever event in San Francisco. Creators Project will bring a marquee lineup of live performances, original Studio works, screenings and workshops by groundbreaking artists, musicians, designers, and filmmakers. The 2-day festival will transform historic Fort Mason on March 17 - 18 into an interactive extravaganza showcasing the cross-section between art and technology, and present interactive creative workshops, panel discussions, and film screenings from the best in art, digital media, film, and technology. sf.citi is proud to take part.
As a precursor, the Creators Project held a local SF Art Hack Weekend March 2nd to 4th, focused on building interactive art experiences on the web using WebGL and HTML5. Two local Bay Area coders were awarded development stipends, and their work featured.
LOOK OUT! UPCOMING VETERANS HACKATHON
Come join sf.citi Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25 at The Startup Veteran's Weekend Hackathon hosted by sf.citi partnering member TechCentralSF, with Co-Chair Craig Newmark, the City and County of San Francisco, and Mayor Ed Lee. The objective: to support our returning bay area veterans through education, re-integration, and by connecting to the tech ecosystem in SF Bay Area. The two-day business startup and app development competition, held at Adobe Systems, SF - 601 Townsend Street, will bring together returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and the SF Tech community. Best ideas of next generation social, mobile, gaming, ecommerce, and health will be developed into apps, in this event to foster a community of (veteran) entrepreneurship. The Startup Veteran's Weekend Hackathon is still looking for veterans, engineers, designers, marketing and business people, and coders! We encourage all our sf.citi hackers and engineers to participate and spread the word.
LAUNCH OF TechSF INITIATIVE: TECH TRAINING SF RESIDENTS
Last Thursday, March 8, 2012 sf.citi joined the City and County of San Francisco at YearUp to announce a $5 Million grant from the US Department of Labor to train San Franciscans in high-demand technology skills. The newly minted TechSF initiative will use this grant to help the City fund partnering training programs with private companies and non-profits that will benefit SF residents, including minorities and underserved communities. To serve local job-seekers including the long-term unemployed, the nonprofit WestEd will be the project managing partner for this grant. Among the TechSF partner companies are sf.citi members Riverbed , Responsys, and Salesforce.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT and OPEN SOURCE MEDIA
Thursday, March 8, 2012, sf.citi also stopped by the first of its kind San Francisco seminar addressing Intellectual Property Theft and Open Source Media. Presented by SF District Attorney George Gascón, and SFDA Economica Crimes Managing Attorney Conrad del Rosario the event aimed to educate the tech industry about intellectual property theft risks, and to understand law enforcement's collaborative efforts to combat and prosecute intellectual property crimes. The seminar afforded industry attendees a comprehensive legal framework overview on network integrity and the specific statues enacted by the CA legislature to protect intellectual property in the high tech arena. Topics illuminated included: The Intellectual Property Enforcement Grant, Relevant CA laws, Theft of Trade Secrets, Computer Crimes, Injury and expenditure defined, Civil Code, Counterfeit Mark, and other relevant crimes as Origin of Manufacturing, Identity Theft, and Theft. Among the tech community in attendance, sf.citi partners the Hattery, Adobe, Yelp, the Hatchery, and Zynga participated in this seminar.
DA George Gascón and SFDA Managing Attorney for Economic Crimes Conrad del Rosario
SUMMERQAMP TAKES OFF!
March 7, 2012 marked the launch of SummerQAmp, a nationwide initiative to train a new workforce in high-tech skills and help create pathways to tech jobs for American youth. With a focus in Quality Assurance, the goal is to help create at least 1,000 QA internships this summer alone. sf.citi is proud to support this initiative, and we encourage all our members to get involved and spread the word about SummerQAmp. Join us in this national effort so San Francisco can do its part!
OPEN DATA CLOUD SF
As part of the Innovation Portfolio 2012, Mayor Lee and the City and County recently announced an upgrade for the city: a new cloud-based Open Data initiative deemed data.SFgov.org. A modern storefront for government, data.SFgov.org will power a more robust technological infrastructure for San Francisco adopting cutting edge cloud services with "social citizen interfaces," data indexing, a publishing platform, and API's to drive innovation, greater information access, government efficiency, and more engagement, resource acquisition, and communication for locals and city employees. Spawned from DataSF of two years ago, this new open data initiative reflects up-to-date cloud technologies. Read TechCrunch's announcement.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
sf.citi would like to welcome new partners who have recently joined to share in our vision for a more productive and better San Francisco: bluekicks, fanpageDIRECT, TechCentralSF, zozi, JOYNIN, AisleFInder, Startup Monthly, faberNovel, pariSoma, Healthline Networks, UpCounsel, RebuildingTogetherSF, Jireh Technologies, Terrace Software, Black Girls CODE, WideOrdbit, Optimizely, Storify, Cornish & Carey, Nextdoor, Jones Lang LaSalle, Froomz, sfBIG, LookOut, Nextdoor, Golden Gate University, Helix Opportunities, Inc., Sidebark, Tradeswift, Black Founders, and Giggo among others jumping on board daily.
OUR PROGRAM TO HIRE SF
sf.citi is partnering with hiresf.org to match skilled tech workers with our member companies. Our goal is to be a conduit connecting San Francisco job seekers with available jobs in the tech industry. Yammer, the Academy of Art University, Riverbed, Climate Corp, Practice Fusion, Stumbleupon, Google, Zynga, Adobe, Salesforce, Twitter, Cloudera, and Zozi have already posted their open positions on hiresf.org.