Unhackathon #2: TED City 2.0 Equality Challenge
Friday, April 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Calling all designers, software engineers, business strategists and
other clever problem solvers who want to make a real difference in people's lives
Join the TED Prize, 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:
- Economic Opportunity - A city can be a great engine of economic prosperity through the creation and support of small businesses, but these 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?
- 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 those resources to the citizens who need them most?
Help your city, have a great time, and - if your concept wins - qualify to personally present it to TED for a chance to recieve a $10,000 funding grant.
- 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
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
For more details on this event, visit our website here. To see the results of our last event, go here or here. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're the kind of person who wants to create the future - sign up now (the last challenge sold out quickly). Better yet, call some talented friends and sign up as a team.
*Currently enrolled CCA Students - receive $20 refund at end of event.
When & Where
Mix & Stir Studio - Unhackathon 2
Mix & Stir Studio gathers and creates fusion teams with the brightest minds in tech, design and business to solve real pain points using design-driven methods.
California College of the Arts (CCA) is widely regarded as one of the leading art and design institutions in the world. It is known for its broad, interdisciplinary programs in art, design, architecture, and writing.
TED City 2.0 Prize winner, the City 2.0, offers a platform to allow citizens anywhere to participate in the creation of their City 2.0. The result will be an ever-expanding network of citizen-led experiments, with the ability to scale successes and learn lessons from failures.
The SF Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation is focused on applying new ideas and approaches to long-standing challenges. They work closely with the creative and technology community to collectively design better solutions. The Mayor’s 2012 Innovation Portfolio can be found at http://innovation.sfgov.org/
ESRI the GIS software leader
Mesh where access trumps ownership. @sharethemesh
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