Unhackathon #2

TED Prize City 2.0 Equality Challenge

APR. 6-7, 2012

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