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Urban Innovation Weekend 3: Public Health, Food, Nutrition, and Urban Agriculture

Gray Area Foundation For The Arts

Friday, August 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Weekend 3 Hackathon + Keynote + Mixer [Free] Ended Free $0.00
Weekend 3 Hackathon + Keynote + Mixer [$10 Donation] Ended $10.00 $1.49
Weekend 3 Supporting Sponsor Ended $250.00 $13.49
SoS Smart Supporter Ended $500.00 $22.95

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Event Details

Take an idea to change the city as far as you can in 48 hours. Then bring your prototype to government and make it a reality. Welcome to Democracy 3.0.

A hackathon for everyone...where your work will be seen by the next mayor, and you can win a research residency, present to nine mayoral candidates, and other prizes!

The best solutions always emerge from diverse minds coming together to solve common problems. That's why we're inviting the Bay Area's best urbanists, artists, journalists, scientists, communicators, business and civic minds, and more to join leading developers and designers in prototyping and building ways to improve life for all citizens of San Francisco - and eventually, beyond. (Who Should Attend) List your skillsets and areas of expertise in your registration, and check out what types of people you'll be working with in the attendee list.


Join us for the third 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, Change.org, GovFresh, Shareable, and many others!  We'll be prototyping solutions to address pressing urban issues, and this third weekend will focus on projects centered around Public Health, Food, Nutrition, and Urban Agriculture.

Start with a keynote, hack and create, end with a party.

The weekend will begin with an introductory keynote address by Former US Secretary of Agriculture and Former UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman and health innovation investor, entrepreneur, journalist, and thought leader Esther Dyson on Friday evening.

Two local community speakers will also speak. Then, teams will be formed after introductions of all attendees, some icebreakers, and sharing of crowdsourced ideas for projects coming from CityCampSF, SFOpen 2011 and #SoSidea.  Teams are welcome to stay and work through the night, as Saturday and Sunday will be full workdays before presentations and discussion on Sunday evening.

We'll close things out with a mixer party where we'll discuss the projects developed over the weekend and all things tech, health, food/ag, and Gov 2.0 - anyone is welcome to attend.

Public Health, Food, Nutrition, and Urban Agriculture


Attendees of the hackathon get free drinks at the party as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday!  Tips and donations are encouraged.


Submit and view ideas for all three SoS weekends here.


This weekend, and during our other two innovation weekends this summer, we will help take the transformative ideas generated at CityCampSF and turn them into action. We'll be creating solutions for a better San Francisco through grassroots innovation and participatory hacktivism. Jay Nath, Director of Innovation for the City of San Francisco, will join us Friday night to break down the outcomes of the event and build upon the momentum and ideas it generated.


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.

- Select projects will receive up to a week of technical, hands-on developer support from Summer of Smart supporter Exygy, a local startup dedicated to building web and mobile applications for social changemakers.

- The top five projects from all three Summer of Smart events will have the unique opportunity to present their work directly to all nine major mayoral candidates at our final public forum in October.

- All projects 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.




5-6: Drinks and networking

6-6:15: Welcome and community speakers

6:15-7:00: Keynote speakers: Ann Veneman, Esther Dyson, and Dr. Jordan Shlain

7-8: Introductions, icebreakers, idea-sharing, and team formation

8-1 am: Begin prototyping/hacking/creating


9:00-12:30: Working, breakfast

12:30-1:30: Working lunch, team check-ins

1:30-7:00: Working

7:00-8:00: Dinner

8-1 am: Working


9:00-12:30 pm: Working,  breakfast

12:30-1:30: Working lunch, final team check-ins

1:30-4:00: Finalize prototypes and complete work

4:00-5:30: Team presentations, discussion, and voting

5:30-8:00: Mixer party, drinks, dinner, and relaxing!

Who Should Attend

- Developers and designers

- Architects, engineers, urban planners/designers

- Public health professionals and nutritionists

- Food system activists/experts and urban agriculture practitioners

- Sustainability professionals

- Journalists and writers

- Video/audio editors and artists of all kinds

- Community and public policy activists

- Media and social networking gurus

- Researchers, thinkers, idea curators

- Technology and urban art lovers

- Entrepreneurs and business leaders

- Students and teachers of any discipline

- Anyone who wants to improve their city!

About Summer of Smart

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.



Summer of Smart is made possible by the generous support of the San Francisco Foundation, Adobe Foundation, CraigConnects, Serious Energy, Waze, and Exygy, among others.


San Francisco Department of Technology

Code For America




The Bay Citizen

-- full partner list --


Keynote Speakers


Ann Veneman

Ann Veneman

Former Executive Director, UNICEF and Former US Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service. Most recently she served as Executive Director of UNICEF from May 2005 to April 2010. Previously she was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. While at UNICEF, Veneman worked to advance issues to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. During her UNICEF tenure she traveled to more than seventy countries to review the plight of children, witnessing the progress being made but also the devastation caused by natural disaster, conflict, disease and exploitation. In 2009, Veneman was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking 46th. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is an internationally-renowned journalist, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Dyson focuses on emerging technologies, emerging companies, and emerging markets, with a current emphasis on health technology. Among her interests are social software and social networks, registries of people and things, the Internet, wireless applications, identity management, and healthcare and the human genome. She has been a board member and early investor in many startups, including Flickr. She has quickly become a thought leader in the Quantified Self and health tracking movements, where she continues to invest and participate actively in research and entrepreneurship.


Jordan Shlain

Dr. Jordan Shlain

Dr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing internist and a native of San Francisco. He graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and from Georgetown University Medical School, completing his internal medicine residency in San Francisco. Dr. Shlain is ranked in the Healthspottr’s list of the 100 most important healthcare innovators and actively consults with companies, non‐profits and physician organizations. He founded the Current Health Medical Group in 1997, which operates a full service, office and house-call practice and is actively developing software, HealthLoop, to solve one of the more vexing problems in medicine: how to follow and monitor patients in between visits. He is the president of the national American Academy of Private Physicians and is actively involved in grass roots innovation and local medical politics. In 2010, he was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco to sit as a commissioner for the Health Services Systems Board, which is responsible for the allocation of over $700M for the healthcare of over 110,000 San Francisco Employee’s and retirees. In 2011, he was named to the physician advisory board of Ingenix, a global leader in health IT analytics and services.

Community Speakers

Paula K. Jones is the Director of Food Systems for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz focusing on agriculture and food policy. Since 2002, Ms. Jones’ work focuses on city wide food system policy, programs and planning, and works closely with elected officials, city agencies and local non profit organizations that administer federal nutrition programs as well as community based feeding programs. She managed a city wide food policy initiative launched by former Mayor Newson through his Executive Directive on Healthy and Sustainable Food which included leading a public/private food policy advisory committee.


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When & Where

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
923 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday, August 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Gray Area Foundation For The Arts

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. Guided by the principles of openness, collaboration, and resource sharing, our programs promote creativity at the intersection of art, design, sound, and technology.  By making the digital arts accessible, substantive and inspiring, we aim to help realize the greatest power of technology: to bring us closer, faster.

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