During a one-day event, teams of private-sector volunteers mobilize their skills to meet the needs of several City departments and agencies. The next Day of Service will be held in 2020, date TBD.


The Process


Sourcing: The Office of Civic Innovation sources 1-day civic challenges from departments across SF City government

Matching: Companies vote on preferred civic challenges and OCI matches



Kickoff: Pro-bono teams meet City partners and review Day of Service challenges

Teamwork: Teams volunteer during a day-long session to deliver tactical deliverables

Wrap-Up: Celebration event to wrap-up the day



City department continues execution on deliverables

Types of Projects

User Research & Design

Focuses on understanding the end users of a government service or program.

Examples: Creating a user research plan, conducing user research interviews, form design

Strategy Execution

Focuses on execution of components of strategies for a City Department.

Examples: Carve out a concrete task from a larger strategy

Data Collection & Synthesis

Focuses on leveraging data to solve a particular challenge or need.

Examples: Documentation and storytelling of open data

Communications & Content

Focuses on improving a Department's communications and outreach.

Examples: Content


Focuses on targeted, high-need, technology implementation needs.

Examples: Threat modeling, online tech consulting, spinning up a tech stack for a project

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