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Mayor Ed Lee Announces San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Program

San Francisco Mayor Announces Program to Introduce World-Class Entrepreneurs to the $142B Public Sector Market

Mayor Ed Lee invites entrepreneurs to develop technology-enabled products and services for government, the largest consumer of products and services in the nation

SAN FRANCISCO – September 10, 2013 – Mayor Edwin M. Lee, in collaboration with the White House and other strategic partners, today announced San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence (EIR) program. “We need the top entrepreneurs to work with us on opportunities that are actual pain points and needs of government. San Francisco’s EIR program advances our role and vision as the Innovation Capital of the World,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

The program is inspired by President Obama’s call, “We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges.” San Francisco’s EIR program will select talented entrepreneurial teams and help them develop technology-enabled products and services that can capitalize on the $142 billion public sector market.

“San Francisco’s program is one of the first EIR programs within government, who is by far, the largest customer of products and services in the nation,” commented Jay Nath, San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer. “The entrepreneurial products and services developed through San Francisco’s EIR program should drive significant impact such as increased revenue, enhanced productivity or meaningful cost savings.”

The program plans to attract world-class entrepreneurs and technologists by providing them with direct access to government needs and opportunities, staff and their expertise, in addition to product development, ramp-up support, and insights into a gold mine of government problems and opportunities through the City and County of San Francisco.

“Products and services that successfully solve issues faced by San Francisco can easily expand to addressing similar needs of other cities and states across the nation in addition to the private sector,” said Rahul Mewawalla, a senior executive with leadership experiences across Fortune 500 and high growth companies who is leading the program. “We expect to drive significant innovation and growth in areas of pressing importance such as data, mobile and cloud services, healthcare, education, transportation, energy and infrastructure.”

San Francisco’s EIR program will offer selected teams mentorship from senior public leaders across the Mayor’s office and San Francisco departments and from private sector leaders with experience at companies such as McKinsey & Company, Nokia, NBC Universal, General Electric, Yahoo!, and Goldman Sachs. The program expects to select 3 to 5 teams and announce the selected teams in early October, during San Francisco’s Innovation Month. The program will run 16 weeks from mid-October, 2013 through mid-February, 2014.

Entrepreneurial teams are invited to learn more and apply at

Safer Streets, Restaurants, and Now Houses, Brought to You By Open Data

San Francisco worked with the Code for America peer network to develop the House Facts data standard.

San Francisco worked with the Code for America peer network to develop the House Facts data standard.

Once discussed only by tech-utopians and stat geeks, “open data” has arrived as a real force for addressing urban challenges nationwide. Here in San Francisco, the City’s pioneering Open Data policy is redefining the role of municipal government as a facilitator of transparent, nimble civic projects. Open Data has already allowed developers to create novel visualizations of crime patterns and restaurant health scores, and Mayor Lee’s announcement of the House Facts Data Standard is yet another example of how City government is working to make public data San Francisco’s hardest working civic servant.

Developed in conjunction with Code for America and the Department of Public Health, the Standard will make the health and safety history for every residence in the City accessible to citizens in a “computer friendly” format immediately ready for interested developers. This transparency is aimed at keeping building owners accountable and increase compliance for health regulations, much like the LIVES Restaurant Hygiene Standard developed with Yelp earlier this year. Here in San Francisco, this House Facts Standard is set to have a positive impact on public health by improving housing conditions and drive economic development with the generation of apps and other data-based tools.

Real estate company Trulia has already started to make the information available on its site, and the developer Appallicious will use the data sets to launch a mobile app called Neighborhood Score, which will measure neighborhood health on a 100-point metric based on the Sustainable Communities Index and reflect statistics like crime rates, air quality, and access to public transportation.

Establishing a standard format for reporting data makes it easily replicable in other locations; six other cities including Las Vegas, NV and Kansas City, MO have signed on to test the standard, placing the potential civic impact of this project at the national scale.

Rebecca Morley, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, also notes the standard is great news for homebuyers: “Government has data that can help consumers make informed decisions about the homes they are purchasing or renting. The House Facts Data Standard will shed light on U.S. housing conditions and drive policy changes that will help Americans stay safe in the places they spend the majority of their time—their homes.”

It is estimated that 30 million families live in unsafe and unhealthy housing, according to the American Public Health Association.

Poor housing is associated with exposures to lead, asthma triggers and other structural problems such as poor heating and leaking windows. Cyndy Comerford from the San Francisco Department of Public Health looks forward to seeing “lives saved and healthier communities as public awareness around healthy housing increases and available regulatory data makes government processes and compliance more effective,” as well as a “public health return on investment through a reduction in medical bills, energy costs and lost wages.”

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San Francisco Introduces Amendments to the City's Open Data Policy

Over the last few years, the City of San Francisco has worked hard to open data sets and make government more transparent. As a result, open data has become even more important to our community.

Since 2009, under the city’s open data ordinance (Ordinance 293-10), city agencies have made 524 data sets open to the public at DataSF and over 100 apps have been created with the city’s data. From public health scores that accompany Yelp reviews to crime incident maps, civic data is powering some of our most useful applications.

This month, during a hearing of San Francisco’s Audit and Oversight Committee, Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath presented new amendments to the city’s open data policy.

The new amendments to the open data ordinance are as follows:

  1. The Mayor will appoint a Chief Data Officer who will work with Agencies to share more data with the public and internally

  2. Each Agency will appoint an Open Data Coordinator who will coordinate with the Chief Data Officer and develop an open data plan that inventories all data assets

  3. The City will establish rules to ensure that the City maintains ownership of the data (vs the vendor)

  4. The City will establish rules to ensure that future software purchases allow for the ability to share data with the public

During the hearing, citizens and business leaders from local tech companies like Appallicious, and Splunk spoke to share their support for open data and how open data standards have helped to grow their businesses.

These improvements to the open data policies will bring on even greater innovation as San Francisco discovers new ways to use data to be more efficient and agile.

The open data amendments were passed on April 16 and will go into effect May 2013.

Cleantech Goes Social: Submit your idea to reduce environmental impact using Facebook


Here @CleantechGroup, we are delighted to partner with @Facebook, @SFMOCI, and the City and County of San Francisco on “Cleantech Goes Social”, a $25,000 contest to find the next great idea to promote cleantech adoption and minimize environmental impact.  The Office of Civic Innovation has a wealth of open data sets on everything from the city’s vehicle fleet and San Francisco International Airport customer survey results to building footprints, bike networks, and an inventory of open space. You can find direct links to data and San Francisco’s Data App Showcase on the contest’s Resources page.

Entrants still have a full weekend to prepare and submit pitches to  Submit your concept by 5pm PST Monday, March 4th to be considered for a chance to win prize money, personalized guidance from Cleantech Group and Facebook, and the opportunity to present your idea to investors and companies at Cleantech Forum San Francisco.  

Bill Weihl, Facebook’s Sustainability Guru, will announce the winner at the event, where speakers from companies like Autodesk, GE, Google, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and William McDonough + Partners will add perspectives on the nexus between sustainability and innovation.

Enter now.  The whitespace just got a little bigger.