UnHackathon #2: TED Prize City2.0 Equality Challenge (SOLD OUT)

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Date(s) - Friday, April 6, 2012 - Saturday, April 7, 2012
All Day

California College of the Arts

Calling all designers, software engineers, business strategists and other clever problem solvers who want to make a real difference in people’s lives

Join TED City2.0, the Equal Justice Initiative, California College of the Arts (CCA), officials from the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco, and Mix & Stir Studio for 24 hours of intensive, creative fun inventing design-driven technology solutions to real world problems. We provide the challenges and interesting data; you collaborate with other smart creative people to find the solutions.

Unhackathon #2 is focused on making life in the Bay Area a little more equal by applying your expertise to solve either of two challenges:

  1. Economic Opportunity – A city can be a great engine of economic prosperity through the creation and support of small businesses, but its benefits are often clustered and not equally distributed throughout all neighborhoods. How can we use design-driven technology to identify, encourage or spread small business growth throughout San Francisco?
  2. Civic Identity – Education, economic opportunity and social services are key to lifting people out of poverty and reducing crime in the community. How can we use design-driven technology to better connect these resources to the citizens who need them most?

Help your city, have a great time, and – if your concept wins – qualify for a TED City 2.0 $10,000 funding grant.

Attendees get:

  • Access to data reflecting the behavior of real users
  • Access to smart, experienced mentors, designers and engineers eager to help you
  • An opportunity to invent a working, technology-based solution with a local, testable demand and a global market
  • A community of like-minded, talented people eager to collaborate on a workable solution
  • A very cool design studio setting equipped with large whiteboards, displays, net connections and plenty of power outlets
  • Three full meals and two great parties Cash prizes and a chance to change Bay Area cities for the better.

Sign up here: http://unhackathon2.eventbrite.com/

Fri. Eve Panels:
Challenge 1 – Economic Opportunity
Amy Cohen, Dir. Neighborhood Business Development, City of San Francisco
Mona El Khafif, Assoc. Professor CCA, Project Coordinator URBANlab

Challenge 2 – Civic Identity
Joaquin Torres, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS)
Tatiana Bertsch, Sr. Development Atty, Equal Justice Initiative
Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing


Parking Info:

Street parking is available and free around the CCA campus, but sometimes takes a few minutes to find as there are several popular restuarants nearby. The area is safe to walk at night.

Event Registration:

Our registration table will be in front of the Security office just inside the main entrance. Your name badge will be waiting for you along with a packet of information to help you navigate the space and the event.


Fri. 4/6 6pm-9pm:  buffet dinner followed by panel discussions sharing data and insights on these two challenges.

Fri. 4/6 9pm-11pm: Evening mixer for socializing, brainstorming and team formation. Work with friends or let us help you find new collaborators from hot Bay area companies and agencies

Sat 4/7 9am-5pm:  breakfast followed by team creative sessions; design, tech and business “clinics” open to offer assistance; lunch provided noon – 1:30pm followed by second creative session running thru 5pm; judging.

Sat 4/7 5pm-6:30pm: judges visit each team and view presentation of their solution.

Sat. 4/7 6:30-10pm – gallery review of all concepts open to the public followed by awards ceremony and closing party


Economic Opportunity Challenge

Civic Identity Challenge

TED Prize City2.0



Can we sign up as a team? Yes, buy your tickets separately and at the opening mixer sign up as a team.

Can I come alone and still work on a team? Yes, we’ll help you meet people at the mixer. Let them know your skill set. Find people you like and sign up as a team.

Can I work alone? We suppose, but isn’t that a little lonely?

What’s the agenda like? On Friday, we’ll feed you dinner, then feed you rich real information on the city’s two problems delivered in a panel discussion. After the panel, we’ll host a mixer so you can meet potential team mates and talk to the city experts and other panel members. Sat. morning we’ll provide breakfast, a productive workspace for your team and “clinics” staffed by top design, tech and business experts to answer questions and offer guidance. We’ll provide lunch and snacks throughout the day as you work to develop and visualize your solution. Around 4pm, judges will visit teams to hear their pitch and see their work. We’ll provide a closing party and an awards ceremony once judging is finished.

What kind of output is expected in 24 hours? A feasible, viable concept that passes the “sniff test” from a technical, business and design perspective.

I can’t draw. Are bullet points ok? Nope. We need visuals. Find a graphic designer or illustrator at the mixer and get them on your team. Or let us know you need one and we’ll supply

Who owns the IP from this? Everything is open source. If your team comes up with a killer idea, there are thousands of cities around the world who have these exact problems. Run with it.