Tag Archives: tech

Kickballers try to boot denizens out of SF’s Dolores Park; hilarity ensues

Employee “won’t be able to continue working for SF Social,” says company director  A group of kickballers associated with the recreation company SF Social Sports attempted to kick lazing denizens off the lawn at Dolores Park Thursday evening, allegedly threatening to call the police because they had reserved the park.  That’s according to several witnesses who tweeted out photos and...

Citizen ideal for crime watchers, but not crime stoppers — by design

Let’s say you’re at work and your phone buzzes. You pick it up expecting your 100th email or text notification of the day and instead read: “NEARBY! Burglary at [Your address].” That’s the alert I got from Citizen, an app that notifies you about crimes in your area. In my experience, can be anything within a two-mile radius or so....

Noisebridge, facing displacement, plans to come back bigger and better

Being booted by August 2018 is not the first existential threat that the quirky, “do-ocratic” hackerspace Noisebridge has faced – and this time around, some core Noisebridge geeks are dreaming big. They’re hoping not just to live on, but find a bigger space and maybe even buy a permanent home. As the place and its reputation have grown, so have...

Collaborative hackerspace Noisebridge faces displacement from SF Mission

Noisebridge, the renowned hackerspace that’s been in the Mission for nine years, will “almost certainly” have to leave its Mission Street space by August 2018, when its lease expires. “Despite our best efforts to fly under The Storm, The Great San Francisco Reckoning has finally fallen upon us, and Noisebridge is staring displacement in the face in 2018,” wrote the...

Robot guards the dogs at SF animal shelter and frightens some

What’s five feet tall and weighs 400 pounds, shaped like a cross between an egg and a bullet, and ready to stop crime at one local animal shelter? “K9” is a Knightscope security robot now on duty at the San Francisco SPCA. To eliminate any confusion about where it belongs, it’s emblazoned with pictures of happy animals. One animal, though,...

Students of Mission-based tech boot camp for minorities kicked out of Dreamforce (SF Examiner)

Update: A student of the tech education program reached out to Mission Local to say that the students were allowed to return to the Dreamforce conference after being told to leave, that the security guards who removed the students were disciplined and that the students received numerous apologies from Salesforce staff. According to the San Francisco Examiner, 20 Latino students...

Mission startup prepares overlooked young adults for tech jobs

One of the Mission District’s newest tech ventures isn’t trying to court venture capitalists or outsource your unwanted tasks. Rather, it’s developing homegrown talent to work within the industry. To make that happen, dev/Mission’s founder, Leonardo Sosa, uses guilt as easily as charm. He’s a paternal figure who commands respect in the classroom. “We decided to launch dev/Mission because we...

Diverse candidates crowd SF tech job fair, but tradition may clog pipeline

Stereotypes tell me tech conferences don’t look like the hundreds of aspiring tech workers queuing up to get into the Armory on Tuesday: I could count the number of white men on my crowded patch of sidewalk on one hand. Tech Inclusion, which held a career fair and then a day of talks with another series of speakers lined up...

$1 coffee and donuts all day at 19th and Alabama St.

DesignMap, a user experience design company on 19th and Alabama streets, is selling $1 coffee and donuts until 5 p.m. today. It’s their second annual fundraiser, according to DesignMap employee Sarah Lutz, who was working her shift at the stand set up in front of their offices. They donate the money they raise to local organizations. Last year, the several...

“Queers Hate Techies”: Gay Shame’s controversial ATA exhibit

All month, the phrase “Queers Hate Techies” has taken up residence in the window gallery at Artists’ Television Access (ATA) on Valencia and 21st. The words are printed on balloons, inscribed on a banner and written on stickers pasted to the glass. It’s one of the radical activist group Gay Shame’s well-known anti-gentrification slogans; they have used it in graffiti and...

One app developer’s ongoing quest for ticketless parking

When app developer Hamza Ouazzani Chahdi first arrived in San Francisco from Paris, Chahdi and a friend parked in a tow-away zone and got hit with a $580 fee for getting their car back – more than the vehicle was worth.  His first app aimed at preventing parking calamity was met with a stern warning from the city for monetizing public...

Possible satire TV series “94110” makes its debut

Years after flyers around the Mission announced the production of a television series chronicling the tech life in the Mission District, “94110” has apparently made its online debut, Capp Street Crap reports. The casting call flyers caused quite a stir, but nearly 100 hopefuls attended the audition. At the time, producers insisted the show was a serious television program about techies living in the Mission....

Listen Local: The Women’s Building and Feminism in 2017 San Francisco

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. International Women’s Day is coming up and March is Women’s History Month, so Listen Local invited Laura Pereyra, on the Board of the Women’s Building, to talk about why we need the Women’s Building, why we need feminism, and the...

Filmmakers Offer Rides to Strangers Willing to Delete Uber

In light of the recent sexual harassment claims against the rideshare company Uber by former employee Susan Fowler, two local activists offered free rides to users who agreed to delete their Uber accounts. Thousands of riders uninstalled the app and publicly encouraged others to do the same under the #DeleteUber campaign that went viral earlier this month following news of Uber’s ties to the Trump administration. On President’s...

Self Propelling Delivery Robots Testing In the Mission

What’s this? It’s a delivery robot from Dispatch, as its handler must have told a million people today with impressively good humor (it literally says “delivery” right on the side but everyone who saw this little fella trundling down the street still had to ask, including me). The guys whose legs you see in the photo said they thought it might be...