Summer of Smart: Sustainability + Transportation + Energy

A weekend of hacking, speakers, discussion, and mixing!
Cost: Weekend 2 Hack-a-Thon + Urban Innovation Mixer is $10.00 / For the Urban Innovation Mixer ONLY $20.00

Join us for the second of three Urban Innovation Weekends as part of the Summer of Smart, an initiative of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (@Gray Area) in partnership with San Francisco Department of Technology, Code for America, SPUR, The Bay Citizen,, GovFresh, Shareable, and many others!  We’ll be prototyping solutions to address pressing urban issues, and this second weekend will focus on projects centered around Sustainability, Transportation, and Energy.

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

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The weekend will begin with an introductory keynote address by Christine Outram and Di-Ann Eisnor on Friday evening.
Two local community speakers will also speak – Matthew Passmore of Rebar Group and Morgan Fitzgibbons of The Wigg Party. Then, teams will be formed after introductions of all attendees, some icebreakers, and sharing of crowdsourced ideas for projects coming from CityCampSFSFOpen 2011and #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, sustainability, and Gov 2.0 – anyone is welcome to attend.

Sustainability, Transportation, and Energy

Ensuring the sustainability of our global society and economy may be the biggest challenge of our time. Population increases, urbanization, industrialization, and technological convergence will continue to drive demand for natural resources and increase our collective environmental impact. It has become clear that a holistic approach – governments, communities, businesses, and individuals working together – is the most effective way to achieve these goals – they cannot be accomplished by any single sector or group alone.

One of the benefits of digital technologies, open data, and on-demand information is their ability to improve public and private services that reduce our impact on the planet and save money at the same time. They have created new transportation networks for cities, made it easier for individuals and companies to save energy, and produced entire activism platforms which help citizens create change in both the public and private sectors.  Self-reporting, real time data and embedded sensors provide a supporting infrastructure of information that can alleviate congestion (reducing the estimated $115 billion in extra gas and lost time that this costs citizens), give us a more detailed understanding of the impact of transportation on a city’s sustainability goals, or reduce the fuel wasted when drivers circle the block for a park.

Meanwhile, according to the US Department of Energy, it is America’s buildings that account for approximately 40% of total US energy consumption, and it is also estimated that 30% of that energy is wasted. To tackle this issue, advances are already being made in the material sciences (think LED lighting, low energy materials and solar panels), policy changes (one-quarter of all cities have already set targets for the use of renewable energy) and in the construction of real-time energy management systems.

However, this problem also challenges us to think about how movements such as mobile technologies, gamification, and self-reporting can support behavior change, transparency and awareness from the ground up, and help citizens, neighborhoods, and cities live and function in a more sustainable manner. Publicly-sourced, bottom-up solutions — our “hacks” and prototypes — have the potential to play a key role in this effort by showing governments and companies what is possible when diverse people come together to innovate. We’re looking forward to building together!


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 generates.


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 Gray Area residencies in the Fall/Winter of 2011 to pursue their work, as well as fundraising assistance and nonprofit fiscal sponsorship (if desired) through Gray Area’s Research Program.

– All projects created will be featured on The Bay Citizen, Summer of Smart website, Gray Area’s website, and a number of other media outlets, and will be presented to San Francisco mayoral candidates as the summer progresses.



6-6:15: Community speakers: Rebar Group and the Wigg Party

6:15-6:45: Keynote speaker: Di-Ann Eisnor and Christine Outram

6:45-8: Introductions, icebreakers, idea-sharing, and team formation

8-10 (or overnight): 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

8-10 (or overnight): 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

– Journalists and writers

– Video/audio editors and artists of all kinds

– Architects and engineers

– Community and public policy activists

– Media and social networking gurus

– Researchers, thinkers, idea curators

– Technology and urban art lovers

– Students of any discipline

– Anyone who wants to improve their city

Keynote Speakers

Di-Ann Eisnor, VP Platform and Partnerships, runs US operations and is crafting the cartography of “live mapping” for the crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic start-up, Waze. Diann is also founder and chairman of Platial, and founded Eisnor Interactive which was bought by Omnicom back in 2001. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. Diann has spoken at BigThink, MIT, SXSW, TEDxSiliconValley, LeWeb, MWC, Signal, AppNation, State of the Map, Web 2.0, & Where 2.0.




Christine Outram‘s practice and research focuses on tackling problems of sustainability and livability in urban areas through harnessing the power of emerging technologies and distributed computing (GPS, cell-phones, sensor systems etc). She runs her own practice (based in Los Angeles) and is also a Research Associate at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. At MIT, she orchestrated the award-winning project ‘The Copenhagen Wheel’ – a wheel that turns ordinary bikes into electric hybrids with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities and where the aim is to make cycling more pleasurable and get more people on bikes. This work debuted at the COP15 United Nations Climate Conference during December 2009 and it is currently in the final prototyping/commercialization phase. Prior to Christine’s role at SENSEable City Lab, she received her SMArchS Architecture and Urbanism degree at MIT and her Masters of Architecture degree in Sydney, Australia. She has practiced in both architectural and urban design offices.

Community Speakers

Matthew Passmore is an artist and a principal at Rebar, an art and design studio based in San Francisco. His principal areas of interest include the relationship between forms of codified and customary regulations and how those regulations are deployed to organize, categorize and valuate elements of the physical and cultural landscape. As a principal at Rebar, Matthew has exhibited work and lectured worldwide, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam, ISEA 2009 Dublin, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Harvard GSD, Parsons School of Design, U.C. Berkeley, the Univ. of Michigan, the Univ. of Mass. Amherst and many others. He is the recipient of a 2010 Creative Work Fund Grant.

Morgan Fitzgibbons is the co-founder and program director for the Wigg Party, an organization working to make the community that lives around the San Francisco bicycle route the Wiggle a leader in the transformation to sustainability and resilience. Prior to this work, Morgan studied philosophy and religion, earning a Masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. You can follow him on Twitter at @morganicsf and you can find the Wigg Party on Facebook at



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 FoundationAdobe FoundationCraigConnects, and Exygy, among others.

Innovation Weekend Sponsor

The sponsor for this second weekend on Sustainability, Transportation, and Energy is Serious Energy.

Serious Energy, Inc. increases the value of buildings for both owners and occupants with a platform of products and services that combine real-time, connected building analytics and control with material science innovations. Serious Energy is addressing the enormous opportunity to unleash the value in buildings with its suite of energy software services and advanced building products designed to increase the value of America’s buildings, for both owners and occupants. For building owners, the goal is to increase net operating income. For occupants, the goal is to increase comfort, productivity and health at lower operating cost.


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