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VR Data Visualization: A New Way to Address Community Issues By Allen Meyer

A San Francisco Brigade team has been partnering with SFHIP for almost a year now on a data visualization project that looks at alcohol licenses in San Francisco, specifically those establishments that sell alcohol to be sold off premise. Before any mapping or visualization could happened, SFHIP reached out to community advocates to find out first hand how the easy access to alcohol was impacting their communities. SFHIP lead community focus discussions in three SF neighborhoods, Bayview, Tenderloin and the Mission. SF Brigade members participated in these community listening sessions and helped SFHIP distill the findings using user centered design principles. Read more...

SF Brigade's Data Science Working Group By Kasia Rachuta

SF Brigade’s Data Science Working Group

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Meet SF Brigade Members By Vedrana Trbusic

Meet April Steed, a passionate UX designer and Lighten Project Lead

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CodeAcross SF 2016 By Vedrana Trbusic

CodeAcross SF Brings together techies, nonprofits, and Bay Area residents to make San Francisco better

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April 12, 2015: Campaign Finance Summit By Asha John and Allen Meyer

Our Campaign Finance Summit featured a speaker series followed by a visual data exploration hackathon. Below we have outlined the motivating issues for Open Campaign Finance Data along with updates on resources that can further keep us informed. The issues are followed up by a summary and video of each speaker’s contribution to the discussion. Read more...

Celebrating the Life of Our Friend, Ethan Lang By Laura Childs

Two months ago, Code for San Francisco lost a friend. Ethan Lang was a passionate civic hacker who had moved to San Francisco in October to live with his brother. He quickly found his place in the Bay Area, joining the LocalFreeWeb initiative and starting a job at City Hall. Ethan passed away in the night of January 30, after a short illness. Read more...

Code for San Francisco gets sponsored! By Jesse Biroscak

I joined Code for San Francisco in October of 2013 and immediately found myself surrounded by a group of people dedicated to improving the lives of fellow City residents. At the time we didn’t have money or tangible resources, but we did have passion and a deep motivation to change our city. Read more...

SF Brigade Hosts CityCampSF By Lawrence Grodeska

What happens when you gather local officials, city staff, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, journalists and citizens in a room for one day, and ask for their best ideas to improve their communities? You get CityCamp - a lot of excitement, a little chaos, plenty of solutions, and a whole lot of action. Read more...

Speaker: Matt Arana on Accessibility By Laura Paajanen

The SF Brigade was fortunate to get an introduction to accessibility from Matt Arana from SSB BART Group, which has been helping organizations be more accessible since 1997. Matt’s introduction to accessibility came when he was working for a tobacco company. He had an opportunity to work for SSB BART instead, but wasn’t sure if it was a good career move. Since family and faith are important to Matt, he discussed it with his aunt before they went to services. Read more...

How our Campaign Data Visualization App Can Help YOU This Election By Jay Rooney

On November 4th, San Franciscans head to the polls to vote for, amongst other things, a tax on carbonated beverages (aka “Soda”). Did you know that pro-soda tax individuals and committees have raised $224,971 to pass the ordinance, while the soda industry has raised $7,700,000 to defeat it? Read more...

LocalFreeWeb By Joseph Tanigawa

If you couldn’t access the internet right now, how would you figure out where to go to get online? Maybe you would go to the library, but what if it’s closed? What if there’s a long wait? Where would you go then? Read more...