First published Dec. 14, 2013

As many of our readers know, we recently launched an unofficial contest to turn the tech shuttle buses into art.

Why?  I saw a lot of empty canvas space and thought it might be a way to bring together the art and tech communities.

Why Only $500?  The $500 was a gesture – prize money for anyone willing to take the time to submit an entry to an unofficial contest with no promise of a commission.  A few people have mentioned wanting to add to the prize money. Checks can be sent to Mission Local, 2588 Mission Sts. 212, San Francisco, 94110. Please indicate that it is for the prize money and not a regular donation. You could also do this through our Donate Now Button and indicate that you want the donation dedicated to the prize. We will announce any increase in the prize money.

Deadline?  December 31, 2013 for our first round of submissions.  Send to

What about Genentech?  They will be selecting their own winner – it could be the same one we select to receive our $500 prize money or it could be a different entry.

Regardless, Genentech’s financial arrangement with the artist is separate from our prize money.

Other Tech Companies?  We hope that others will select from the entries.  If they do, they too will make their own payment arrangements with the artists. 

Conflict of Interest?   This has no impact on our editorial coverage. We’ve covered and will continue to cover the debate around the tech buses. We’ve probably done more reporting than any local news site and publication – local or otherwise. We get flack from those who hate the buses and those who ride the buses. So be it.