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Weekly Civic Hack Night w/ presentation

Interested in helping San Francisco? You have found the right place!

This week we have a short presentation by! See details below.

Join neighbors, government employees, designers, coders, students and more! Our weekly hack night is focused on civic tech and making government services better in San Francisco. We hack/build and learn together every Wednesday evening.

• Contribute to the betterment of San Francisco

• Build your own portfolio of work or work on someone else's cool project

• Meet new (and different!) people

This week's presentation: Liquid Democracy: True Democracy for the 21st Century

We face an alarming lack of faith in our democratic institutions. US Congress approval ratings have fallen as low as 10% for the past decades. Among many promising ideas for fundamental reform, Liquid Democracy — a hybrid of Direct and Representative models based on proxy voting — can address the most pressing issues.

Even more excitingly, we can transition to liquid democracy in a grassroots fashion. Rather than needing elected representatives to pass systemic reform against their own interests, we can put the decision in the hands of voters by running new "Liquid Democracy Candidates" pledged to this new model. was created to let us start experimenting with and build support for liquid democracy. United makes it easy and safe for candidates to run for office championing this vision for healthier and more accountable representative governments.

Speaker: David Ernst

David is the founder of, on a mission to provide the means to safely transition to proxy-based liquid democracy legislatures, for more inclusive and accountable government. United Vote is now available for US Congress, with plans to address local and state levels too.

He was the founding CTO of Numerai, a collaborative AI hedge fund powered by more than a million machine learning models created by data scientists all over the world.

He previously taught at Hack Reactor, a software engineering school, and was the founding CTO of urBin, a pioneer in on-demand storage in NYC.

David holds a degree from Bard College at Simon's Rock in Massachusetts, with concentrations in Philosophy and Math.


Interested in our current projects (

This week

Hacking with CivicMakers, WeVote, OpenReferral, Data Science Team, Adopt-A-Drain, and many more.


6:00p doors open, socialize and eat dinner

6:30p welcome remarks, (often) a presentation, and project pitches

6:45p presentation by

7:00p start hacking or stay for new member orientation

8:00p more hacking

9:00p keep on hacking

10:00p doors close and lights out.

Check out our website ( Read/contribute to our code ( Communicate via our slack team ( (or IRC Freenode #sfbrigade).

If you have questions, please reach out over Slack, contact the organizers via meetup, or drop by on Wednesday evening.

6:00 PM, Wednesday, January 24, 2018