Honorable Mention: Civic Design


Honorable Mention: Civic Design

The City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Innovation

San Francisco is teeming with resources, design talent, and innovation; and like many cities, it’s also encountering increasingly complex civic challenges. In 2015, the City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Innovation created Civic Bridge, a program that recruits volunteer teams from local companies to contribute 20% of their time over a 16-week period. So far, Civic Bridge has engaged with 26 City Departments on 39 projects, with around 450 City staff and resident volunteers. The estimated fair-market value of probono work is $3.9 million, delivered through 24,000 volunteer hours. The program provides a new mechanism to leverage the expert skills of local residents to improve City services, as well as increase skills and capacity for our hard-working public servants.

Key Team Members

Krista Canellakis, Chief Innovation Officer
Amardeep Prasad, Director of Partnerships
Jane Lim, Innovation Fellow
Natalie Meyers, Innovation Fellow

About the organization

The San Francisco Office of Civic Innovation (OCI), established in January 2012, helps make government more collaborative, inventive, and responsive for San Franciscans.

Our mission is to support City Departments by introducing new approaches, resources, and technology for Mayoral priorities. We work with City Departments, community partners, and residents to drive impact on some of the City’s biggest challenges.

Our values serve as a compass for our actions and how we engage with our City.

  • LEADERSHIP: The courage to shape a better future
  • COLLABORATION: Leverage collective talent
  • AGILITY: Entrepreneurial and nimble
  • CREATIVITY: Imagination to drive innovation
  • ACCOUNTABLE: Track and evaluate results
  • Architecture, Altruistic

    Gould Evans

    Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga

    Architecture, Residential

    jmA | John Maniscalco Architecture

    Dolores Heights

    Architecture, Commercial

    Walker Warner Architects

    Quintessa Pavilions


    Shihan Zhang

    Symbiosis Carbon Future

    Communications Design

    Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

    Giffords Gun Law Scorecard



    Motiv Rings



    UNICEF Kid Power Band





    Square, Inc.

    Square Capital Loan Application

    Furniture Innovation

    Galanter & Jones

    Kosmos Heated Chair

    Future of Foods


    Cafe X

    Interior Design, Office: Commercial

    Studio O+A

    Microsoft Envisioning Center

    Interior Design, Residential

    Studio SHK

    The Great Exploration

    Interior Design, Restaurant

    Aidlin Darling Design





    Student Innovation

    B.Lab at AAU

    Guerrilla Coffee Unit

    Urban Mobility

    Alta Motors

    The Ultimate Urban Commuter: Alta Motors’ Redshift SuperMoto


    Unity Technologies


    Wild Card

    UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi)

    Outpatient Radio

    Interior Design, Office: Honorable Mention

    Studio O+A


    Interior Design, Residential: Honorable Mention

    Studio O+A


    Interior Design, Restaurant: Honorable Mention

    Puccini Group

    Cha Bei

    IOT: Honorable Mention

    Nokia Design

    Health Mate

    VirtualTech: Honorable Mention


    RAPAEL Smart Glove