It’s Time We Outsmart the Issues

Help fund or submit smart ideas using technology to better our city.
Contributions/donations are tax deductible.

We are San Franciscans joining together to fund and launch innovative ideas focused on improving our beloved city. We are San Franciscans who care about our city. We are multi-generational natives or are happy to call San Francisco our new home. We live, work or visit San Francisco . We undeniably have San Francisco close to our heart and want to see our city thrive. We are you.

This is an open call for technology ideas that can improve our day-to-day living and brighten the future of our city.
Extended! – Contest Submissions due January 15, 2022
Extended! – Crowdfunding Campaign ends January 31, 2022

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Donate to spark change in our community. Your donation will be used to launch winning technology ideas with the goal to make change in our city.

We are crowdfunding a minimum of $55,000 to fund at least 2 ideas with an award of $25,000 each.

Additional funds raised will be used to fund additional ideas.
One additional winner per $25,000 raised.

Get Involved – ReInventSF is seeking a partnership with an accounting firm to track, audit and create financial transparency reports to be published online.

Have an Idea?

Win $25,000 & launch it.

Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2022.

Submissions will be pitched in a 3 minute live presentation of the idea. Support and events will be offered to help prepare applicants for the pitch presentation.

A panel of judges will individual score ideas based on a defined rubric.

Winning ideas with the highest scores will be awarded the $25,000 to launch their idea.

One “People’s Choice” Award will be awarded based on public polling.

Additional Ideas will be Awarded based on the total donation amount raised.

Some notable technologies like FasTrak, NextBus, ShotSpotter, 311 help improve the efficiency of our city; however, there are issues that exist that need a solution, specifically your bright idea.

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We are San Franciscans who care about our city. We are multi-generational natives or are happy to call San Francisco our new home. We live, work or visit San Francisco . We undeniably have San Francisco close to our heart and want to see our city thrive. We are you.

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Contest Details

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Get Involved – ReInvent SF is seeking a partnership with a law firm to publish contest details including terms and conditions.

Application Requirements:

Contest is open to any individual or team.

Complete the online application form.

Include with the application the $50 processing fee. (note. If the campaign does not achieve the goal of raising $55,000, all applicants will be refunded.)

Important Dates (extended as of 10/25/21):

Midnight, January 15, 2022 – Application Submissions Ends

January 15, 2022 – Self Nominating Judge Submission Ends

January 25, 2022 – Public Voting for 10 Judges Ends

Midnight, January 31, 2022 – Contest Crowdfunding Ends

February 15, 2022 – Pitch Day

February 20, 2022 – Winners Announced

Winners & Award Distribution:

One “People’s Choice” Winner – $25,000

At least One Winner (based on Judge rubrics) – $25,000

additional winners awarded per $25,000 in additional donations over $55,000

Transparency of Funds:

90% of funds collected from crowdfunding paid as awards to Winners

10% of funds collected from crowdfunding paid to marketing and administrative fees

additional funds less than $25,000 will be donated to a San Francisco non-profit organization voted on publicly by our website community

Judges:

The panel of 16 judges will include:

  • 8 judges self nominated and chosen by the public
  • 8 anonymous judges invited because of their connection and contribution to San Francisco

Judge’s Pitch Scoring Rubric:

  • Clarity defining the issue, including data and research facts to support the problem
  • Explanation to Solve the issue
  • Feasibility – Identifying potential hurdles and an actionable plan.
  • Thorough plan to reach launch of technology
  • Identify organizational strengths and needs

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We are actively searching for:

  • Judges for our panel – Requirement: San Francisco Resident / 8 Judges will be selected by popular vote
  • Mentors for idea applicants. Responsibilities include: guiding applicants to a successful pitch

Have a skillset that can help the contest?

Some of specific skills we are looking for include marketing, public relations, legal and communications.

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