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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

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:­
I also organize music instrument-building events, like this one:­
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.


  • 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 Weiss, Director
Bayview BOOM Mentoring Project

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