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Gray Area Foundation: Summer of Smart: Community Development & Public Art Urban Innovation Weekend


Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 24th – 26th
Times: Start time on Saturday, June 24th – 6:00 pm
Description: Weekend of hacking, speakers, discussion, and mixing!
Cost: Weekend 1 Hack-a-Thon + Urban Innovation Mixer is $10.00 / For the Urban Innovation Mixer ONLY $20.00
Location: GAFFTA, 998 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

A hackathon for everyone.

Join us for the first of three Urban Innovation Weekends 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,, Shareable, and many others! We’ll be hacking solutions to address pressing urban issues, and this first weekend will focus on applications centered around Community Development and Public Art.

The weekend will begin Friday evening with an introductory keynote address by John Gage, 21st employee and former Chief Researcher at Sun Microsystems, and a champion of using technology to help achieve environmental and community goals. Two local community speakers will also present, followed by brief introductions of all attendees, sharing of crowdsourced ideas for applications, and team formation. Teams are welcome to stay and work through the night, and Saturday will be a dawn-to-dusk workday before judging and discussion Saturday evening.

We’ll close things out on Sunday with a mixer party in the Warfield Building in Downtown San Francisco, where we’ll be right in the middle of the SF Pride Parade and its estimated attendance of over 1 million people! We’ll discuss the applications developed over the weekend and all things tech, community, art, and Gov 2.0 – anyone is welcome to attend.

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Who Should Attend

- Developers and designers

- Journalists and writers

- Video/audio editors and artists of all kinds

- Architects and engineers

- Community and public policy activists

- Media and social networking gurus

- Researchers, thinkers, idea curators

- Technology and urban art lovers

- Students of any discipline

- Anyone who wants to improve their city


Have ideas for projects now? Submit and view them for all three SoS weekends here. All submitted ideas will be reviewed Friday evening and act as a potential framework for team formation and project development.


Attendees of the Hack-a-thon get free admission to the party on Sunday as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday!  Donations for food are encouraged.


A key principle behind Summer of Smart is sustainability and recognition for the projects created.

- A select number of teams from Summer of Smart will be awarded GAFFTA residencies in the Fall/Winter of 2011 to pursue their work, as well as fundraising assistance and nonprofit fiscal sponsorship (if desired) through GAFFTA’s Research Program.

- This weekend’s applications will feed into the national Apps for Communities Challenge, with $100,000 in prizes.

- All applications created will be featured on The Bay Citizen, Summer of Smart website, GAFFTA’s website, and a number of other media outlets, and will be presented to San Francisco mayoral candidates as the summer progresses.


Friday Evening

6-6:15: Community speakers

6:15-6:45: Keynote address, John Gage

6:45-7:30: Introductions, ice breakers, idea-sharing, and team formation

7:30-9 (or overnight): Begin project brainstorm, planning and goals outline with team


9:00-6:00: Project development, content creation, general hacking; breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided

6:00-7:00: Presentations, discussion, judging


10:00-2:00: Summer of Smart Urban Innovation Mixer Party!

About Summer of Start

The Summer of Smart is an intensive, four-month experiment in urban innovation – the new Summer of Love. Over the course of this summer, urbanists of many disciplines – developers, designers, planners, journalists, civic leaders, community activists, and more – will come together to address the most pressing issues facing cities today. In the end, the leading projects will be publicly presented to candidates in the San Francisco mayoral race, along with an esteemed panel of experts, to generate a meaningful dialogue around the potential of new tools to create lasting change.

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