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SF Engineers and Friends Message Board › A New Vision for SF Engineers & Friends Group

A New Vision for SF Engineers & Friends Group

John
johnyw
Group Organizer
San Francisco, CA
Greetings, Engineers and Friends of SF

I've stepped up as organizer of this Meetup group. My name is John. Who am I?
I run a nonprofit 501c3 organization, teaching electronics to disadvantaged, at-risk youths. My project was recently featured on the front page of Electronics Engineering Journal:
http://jo.my/eejournal-interview­
I also organize music instrument-building events, like this one:
http://noisebridge.net/NoiseHack­
I realize this Engineers & Friends Meetup group was created for social get-togethers, but it has hosted only 5 meetups, attended by an average of about 3 persons.
So, I'd like to expand the purpose of the group. My vision is to cultivate connections between engineers and the broader San Francisco community-- artists, educators, nonprofit orgs, after-school programs, and neighborhoods. I want to create opportunities for engineers to apply their skills and knowlege to civic and cultural needs.
Rather than social meetups, we'll host MAKING events. Our events will include:

  • hands-on hardware mentoring.
  • building solutions for non-profit organizations.
  • collaborating on art and music projects for fun.


Examples:

  • Develop community wifi infrastructure in underserved neighborhoods.
  • Assist nonprofit technical education programs.
  • Mentor disadvantaged young people in electronics, programming, hardware, software.
  • Design DIY engineering projects that address real socioeconomic and health problems, such as DIY toxicity detectors or DIY solar collectors.


I realize this new vision will not be of interest to those engineers who want to get AWAY from engineering for an evening. However, our activities will give you a chance to:

  • Apply your skills to non-corporate activities.
  • Learn about engineering challenges faced by city planners.
  • Build trust among neighbors who resent the new influx of high-paid, high-tech residents.
  • Discover the civic engineering history of SF.


I need and welcome your feedback! Your feedback will determine whether I continue leading this group.
Please answer the following questions:

  • Does this stuff excite you?
  • Would you participate in these activities?
  • Do you have suggestions?


Many thanks!
John

John Weiss, Director
Bayview BOOM Mentoring Project
bayviewboom.org
415-68-WHEEL

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