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Recent Posts

Towards Making Public Broadband a Reality in San Francisco

Last Thursday civic tech enthusiasts, local government representatives and telecommunications industry professionals gathered together to discuss what the future of public broadband in San Francisco looks like. This was third event CivicMakers has hosted on the issue, and momentum is building, as evidenced from a standing room only crowd at the event. As we learned, there is no question about the necessity of making internet accessible to all however finding the right approach is a bit more complicated. The question is as much about technology as it is about people, access, and fairness.[...]

#CivicTech Primer: What is civic tech?

You may be hearing the term “civic tech” a lot these days. We use it all the time! But what does it actually mean? Check out this post from CivicMakers founder Lawrence Grodeska to learn about the origins of civic tech, along with some of his favorite examples.[...]

CivicMakers Salon on Public Broadband in San Francisco

President Obama has said, “Today, high-speed broadband is not a luxury…It’s a necessity.” CivicMakers believes that addressing the digital divide in San Francisco is critical for a more inclusive democracy and an economy built for the 21st century. Earlier this year, we gathered those working hardest to provide faster, more affordable high speed internet access for all San Franciscans. Since then, we’ve been working closely with many of those stakeholders around the city to keep the conversation moving forward.[...]

Kicking Off Civic Mixer Fall Series With Some Civic Action

We kicked off our first CivicMixer of the season by joining HandUp at their Annual Homeless Outreach Day. Around 60 volunteers from local companies and nonprofits hit the streets to give out much-needed hygiene kits and HandUp Gift Cards, reaching more than 200 people in one afternoon. Afterwards, we gathered at The Hall for our Civic Mixer to reflect on how we can integrate technological systems with the existing social realities to create programs that would best serve those in need.[...]

Our monthly Civic Mixer starts Friday, September 11 with HandUp

Are you craving some meaningful action combined with real community and conversation? Well you’re in luck! We're kicking off our Fall 2015 Civic Mixer series on September 11 at The Hall on Mid-Market Street in San Francisco. Better yet, we'll be joined by HandUp to celebrate their 1st Annual San Francisco Homeless Outreach Day that afternoon![...]