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San Francisco joins the Smart City App Hack challenge!

We’re happy to announce that San Francisco is joining the global Smart City App Hack challenge (SCAH).

Welcome to the ‪#‎SCAH‬! Together with Barcelona, Helsinki, Dubai, Phoenix, Ghent, Portland, Hong Kong and Berlin; San Francisco will join the SCAH cities council as an associated city.

San Francisco’s participation will run in parallel to initiatives from the MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CIVIC INNOVATION (MOCI) such as the Entrepreneurship-in-Residence (EIR) program.

The EIR program brings City staff and startups together to explore, prototype, and test tech solutions for civic challenges. The City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath, believes that San Francisco “needs teams in government that create products and services like a startup: scrappy, hungry, lean, and full of world-changing ideas.”

In 2014, EIR teams tackled issues including emergency alert messaging, airport navigation for the visually impaired, police data collection, and air quality monitoring. To read more about the EIR program and last year’s outcomes please visit: http://entrepreneur.sfgov.org.

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