The Commons Initiative at SF State

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Call for proposal from By The Bay (Deadline is January 31st)

UX by the Bay - May 20 2016 Oakland Ca
Data by the Bay May 17-20, 2015 Oakland Ca

UX by the Bay

California DGS Green Gov Challenge - Deadline to register is October 15th

Creating a sustainable California

Do you think you can help the state become more sustainable?

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UPDATE: National Day of Civic Hacking at SF State 2015


As part of the Health Impacts of Climate Change challenge, NASA officials presented on behalf of this year’s first (Local Air Quality Notification) and third (Measuring Local Changes) prizewinners their project to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology policy team.

FYI - BAVC's TechSF and Code for America - Summit 2015


Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) invites faculty and students to take classes at our multimedia center! BAVC inspires social change by empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education and technology.

Bay Area Makeathon for Assistive Technology September 11-13, 2015

Calling all Bay Area engineers, makers, developers, hackers, designers and need-knowers!

National Day of Civic Hacking: Hackathon + Workshop at SF State University

We are thrilled to be hosting our third annual "National Day of Civic Hacking" at SF State. As an additional event this year, we are also hosting a "Workshop on Civic Technologies and Smart Cities". This is something new for us! We hope to build the momentum and sustain it through our students and curricula.

Join us to to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.

Call for Local Challenges for San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State 2015!

Interested in framing a challenge for the community to work on?


Submit your local challenge



Resilience & Equity


Humanitarian FOSS and the Earthquake in Nepal.

I was introduced to Free Software in 1996. It's been an interesting ride since then. We've seen several phases of re-oranizing, redefining, and leveraging the core concepts of Free Software and Open Source Software (yes, those are two different things. Similar, but different). Code is written to solve a specific problem, and then it gets used to solve a very different problem. That's the beauty of the remix that comes from FOSS. Humanitarian FOSS is an interesting nexus.

Intro to Tech Training By and For Women at Code for San Francisco

Starting this Wednesday, March 4

Commons Initiative: Introduction and Projects at University of Hyderabad, India

Over the Winter break, I had traveled to Hyderabad, India, where I met up with my friend and colleague Prof. Atul Negi at the School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad.

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