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Welcome to the SF Tech Center!

The San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center provides collaborative office and conference space for nonprofits and consultants working with technology for social change in the Bay Area.

The SFNTC also serves as a hub for meetings and discussions related to nonprofit technology. Sign up to stay informed about brown bag lunches, trainings, and open forums to be held in the coming months. And feel free to inquire about using the space for your meeting or training.

phone: 415 839 6456
email: info@aspirationtech.org

Koruza Project visits San Francisco

Come learn about “future-proof” open hardware and emerging directions in community networking

Join us on Monday, 24 October, at 4pm as Luka Mustafa, founder of the Koruza Project, explains and demonstrates their optical networking technology.

Koruza is the first open source wireless optical communication system for urban environments, connecting locations at up to 150 meter distances, and empowering networks with 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps throughputs, unaffected by radio spectrum saturation, to provide last-mile networking without the need for fiber installation.

Luka will also explain GoodEnoughCNC, their open source baseline manufacturing solution for prototyping and small series production. GoodEnoughCNC’s philosophy is to offer effective digital manufacturing tools that are good enough for the majority of applications an average maker needs. The system is open source, using standard components and with full documentation available online.

Luka himself is a Slovenian-based Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, working full-time on Koruza development at the Institute IRNAS Rače in Slovenia, which he founded in 2014. He is also a PhD student at University College London. He leads a multidisciplinary team developing open systems ranging from CNC machines to electronics and fibre optic systems, promotes and deploys open wireless networks in the WLAN Slovenia project, and manages national and international wireless backbones.

Join Luka in SF Tech Center on 24 October at 4pm to learn more about affordable and open manufacturing and networking, Koruza and other projects.

Event Details

Monday 24 October
4pm – 6pm

2973 16th Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA

Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

You’re invited to the Tech Center’s Ten Year Anniversary Party!

The San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center is celebrating our ten year anniversary with a party at the Tech Center on August 4 at 5pm, and you're invited! Come share a drink and a snack with fellow nonprofit techies, staff, and activists.


San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center
2973 16th Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103


Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 5pm-8pm

About the SF Tech Center:

In 2006, Aspiration founded the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco as an outgrowth of our mission to help other nonprofits, organizations, and foundations by supporting their software and technology training needs. Since then, the SF Tech Center has provided reasonably priced shared office and desk space for organizations, foundations, and co-ops with like-minded missions. We also offer space at the Tech Center for trainings, meetings, and other events, with access to WiFi, white boards, and fresh coffee.

In 2014, we moved to our current home in a new, larger location at 16th and Mission. You can read more about the Tech Center at sftechcenter.org.

Digital responder meetup

Ever wanted to know about, or work on, disaster and humanitarian response technology from a people-first perspective? Aspiration’s #HumTechFest strives to build capacity for humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts through technology and community. These are participatory and community-driven convenings designed for field practitioners, media makers and storytellers, technology developers, information security practitioners, members of affected populations, researchers, and everyone in between. The agenda is co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up to and during the event.

Aspiration is excited to host a West-Coast meetup to complement the Cambridge Mass Humanitarian Technology Festival! Join us at the Nonprofit Technology Center at 16th and Mission in San Francisco on June 16th from 6p-9p for snacks, beer, soda, and a discussion about the role of the digital in disaster and humanitarian response.

Likely topics include mapping the digital response ecosystem, how to make use of existing response technology projects, responsible project and data life cycles, and self-care for organizers. If you can make it, we welcome your thoughts on what else we should cover!

Please register to attend here

SF Tech Center Holiday Party!

Hey everyone!

Next Wednesday (December 16th) we want to celebrate the holidays at our home in the S.F. Mission District.

We would love to see you there! Come socialize with all the members of the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center: Aspiration, the Ruckus Society, Open Whisper Systems, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and Simply Secure.

Drinks, food, and lively conversation will be waiting for you!

Here are the details:

What: SF Tech Center Holiday Party

When: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6pm-10pm

Where: San Francisco Nonprofit Tech Center, 2973 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (at Mission, right next to 16th Street BART station)

Please let us know if you’re coming: info@aspirationtech.org and call us if you have any questions: (415) 839-6456.

Weaponized Social

The Tech Center was home to Weaponized Social in San Francisco, hosted by Aspiration on May 16 and 17. In a world where negative online interactions are increasingly resulting in offline harms, we strived to re-think the social scripts (i.e., learned patterns of interaction) that shape the online realm.

We built guides for creating safe online space, explored tactics for digital conflict resolution, and re-imagined the social norms that permeate the web. We had the first Weaponized Social in New York City, the second in Nairobi, and San Francisco was the third. You can browse the current work in progress in the Weaponized Social Wiki.

Weaponized Social

May 16 and 17, 2015
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm

SF Nonprofit Tech Center
2973 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Weaponized Social is designed to support ongoing collaborations between sociologists, data scientists, peace builders, software developers, activists, and anyone passionate about supporting a healthier and more sustainable online ecosystem.

Coordinando sus Canales de Comunicaciones en Línea

Join us on March 24 at 10:00am at the SF Nonprofit Tech Center for a communications training designed to help nonprofit staff and community organizers with online communications. This workshop is hosted by Aspiration and will take place in Spanish.

Acompáñenos el 24 de Marzo a las 10:00am en el SF Nonprofit Tech Center para un taller de comunicaciones en línea diseñado para personal de organizaciones no lucrativas y organizadores de comunidades. Este taller es patrocinado por Aspiratión y se dará en español.

Coordinando sus Canales de Comunicaciones en Línea

Aumente la efectividad de sus comunicaciones en línea con nuestro taller gratuito sobre cómo coordinar sus comunicaciones en línea dentro de su organización.

Cómo participar:

  • Llámenos y díganos cuantas personas vendrán: 415 839 6456, o
  • Mándenos un correo electrónico para reservar su lugar a talleres@aspirationtech.org

Más información…

Fall workshops at the SF Tech Center

We have been fortunate to have some exciting happenings at the SF Tech Center lately.

  • Aspiration collaborated with EPIK in a Maker Party to help parents and kids learn code on September 27, 2014. We were delighted to be a part of the fun. You can read more about this event is EPIK’s blog.
  • SFTechCenterEpik

  • Dirk Slater from FabRiders hosted a training on data strategies for activist campaigns on November 21, 2014. His training attracted nonprofit staff and organizers from around the Bay Area and northern California. You can read more about the workshop in the FabRiders blog.

Interested in hosting your workshop or training at the SF Tech Center? Reach out to us and see how we can accomodate.

Tech Center hosts eConvenor Workshop

Come meet the makers of eConvenor and participate in their workshop at the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center on August 28th over beer, wine, and soft drinks.

eConvenor is a free and open tool intended to help radical and progressive groups be more efficient and organized. Check out the eConvenor website.


Thursday, August 28, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


2973 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

RSVP on Facebook

Built by two activists from Melbourne, Australia, eConvenor functions as a “virtual convenor” that seeks to make activist groups better organized and more effective. If you’ve ever been frustrated or struggled because of disorganization, come and find out how eConvenor can help!

It generates great meeting agendas and minutes, tracks the tasks assigned to group members in meetings, and automatically sends email reminders to people when their deadlines approach. What it does is not glamorous, but it helps things run more smoothly and frees up time that would otherwise be spent on repetitive administrative tasks.

Arrive at 4:00pm for a 4:30pm start. The workshop and presentation will take 30 to 45 minutes, followed by some time to hang around and chat.

eConvenor Demonstration at the Tech Center

Aspiration is pleased to host a workshop at our San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center presenting a new organizing tool for radical and progressive activists and organizations. Come check out the software, talk to the designers, and see how this software can help you accomplish your work more effectively.

eConvenor Presentation
Thursday, August 28, 2014
San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center
2973 16th Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional info from the designers:

eConvenor is an organising tool built by two activists from Melbourne, Australia. We’re coming to the Bay Area for a few days and we’d love to show you how it can help your group or campaign.

We call eConvenor a “virtual convenor”. It makes activist groups better organised and more effective. It generates great meeting agendas and minutes, tracks the tasks assigned to group members in meetings, and automatically emails reminders to people when their tasks are close to being due or become overdue. What it does is not glamorous, but it will help your group run more smoothly and free up time that you would otherwise spend on repetitive administrative tasks so that you can spend it building your group or campaign.

If you’ve ever been frustrated as a member of a group which struggled to be effective or wasted time because of disorganisation, come and find out how eConvenor can help!

It’s free, it’s only for for radical and progressive groups, and you can see https://www.econvenor.org for more info.

Arrive at 3:45pm for a 4pm start. The workshop/presentation will take 30 to 45 minutes, then there’ll be time afterwards to hang around and chat.

The Tech Center’s New Home!

The San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center is thrilled to announce our move to a new location at 2973 16th Street! This new office in the heart of the Mission offers us more space to offer larger trainings and events, a full kitchen, and a more convenient location right next to a BART Station and several Muni bus lines. Not only that, but we are within a block of some of the best burritos in the world.

Since we now have more space, we are also hoping to increase the number of nonprofits that call the Tech Center home. If your nonprofit is looking for affordable shared office space in a great location, please email us and we will give you a tour.

We are excited to start this brand new chapter of the Tech Center story, and we hope you will be a part of it! Please let us know if you’re in the neighborhood and would like to visit.

We look forward to seeing you soon!