BREAKING INTO TECH 2020 GOES ONLINE
sf.citi is excited to announce that we are hosting this year’s edition of our tremendously popular speed networking event, Breaking Into Tech, online. Join us virtually for Breaking Into Tech Week from April 28–30.
For the past two years, sf.citi has hosted Breaking Into Tech to connect current and aspiring tech workers. This year’s virtual rendition of Breaking Into Tech will carry special significance. Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, record numbers of unemployment claims are being filed weekly in California and elsewhere in the country. Tech is one of the few industries to hire amid the pandemic.
Our 2020 Breaking Into Tech Week will open on April 28 with a panel discussion about how the job landscape is changing around COVID-19. We will hear from industry experts from LinkedIn, Zendesk, and HireClub about the changing landscape of hiring and what we can expect to see next. Then on April 29–30, job seekers will sign up for one of four Breaking Into Tech Breakout Sessions to connect and learn from seasoned tech professionals at San Francisco’s top companies.
This event always sells out and space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!
THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON SAN FRANCISCO’S BUDGET
In our latest policy piece, sf.citi walks you through the effects of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s budget and the path to economic recovery. As you can imagine, San Francisco’s immediate financial future looks less than ideal, but City leaders are already taking steps to restore our economy.
Even before COVID-19 hit, San Francisco budget experts were projecting a $420 million budget shortfall over the next two years. Then COVID-19 shut down much of our City and local economy. Like the rest of the country, San Francisco is grappling with severe job losses across all industries. While San Francisco’s budget setting process has been postponed, updated financial reports were released to factor in the effects of COVID-19 on the City budget. Experts now project a budget shortfall of between $1.2 billion and $1.7 billion over the next two years.
sf.citi takes a closer look at how COVID-19 has strained the various revenue streams that fuel San Francisco’s budget and economy. We also explore a number of different relief options—some of which the City has already set into motion—that will help San Francisco recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in our most recent policy piece below.
BUDGET DEEP DIVE WITH SF CITY CONTROLLER BEN ROSENFIELD
On April 21, join sf.citi Executive Director, Jennifer Stojkovic, and San Francisco City Controller, Ben Rosenfield, for a discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s budget.
Once you’ve read The Effect of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s Budget, join us on April 21 for a conversation with Ben Rosenfield, San Francisco’s City Controller. Also known as the City’s chief fiscal officer and auditor, Rosenfield is responsible for overseeing San Francisco’s multi-billion dollar budget, leading budgetary planning, and collecting and distributing City funds. He also spearheaded San Francisco’s latest budget report (mentioned above), which factors in the effects of COVID-19.
sf.citi’s discussion with City Controller Ben Rosenfield is the first in a series of virtual events sf.citi will be hosting over the next few weeks to explore the effects of COVID-19 on the future of San Francisco. Each time, we’ll release an in-depth analysis of the topic beforehand. Then we’ll have a featured guest to dive deeper into the subject with sf.citi’s Jennifer Stojkovic and answer any of your questions.
TECH TOOLS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Last week, sf.citi wrote about several tech tools—many of which were developed here Silicon Valley—to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Both Testing for Covid and the Coronavirus Map are data-driven maps that provide useful information about COVID-19. Testing for Covid shows COVID-19 testing sites across the United States, while the Coronavirus map offers digestible data sets on the number of COVID-19 cases and tests being administered in a given area. How We Feel, meanwhile, is a newly launched app that allows people to self-report data on their health symptoms, which in turn helps scientists and public health professionals better understand where COVID-19 is spreading. Finally, Private Kit: Safe Paths is one of the first COVID-19 contact tracing tools developed out of MIT.
DID YOU KNOW?
Even as you shelter in place, you can still enjoy an artisanal, San Francisco cappuccino, which is hard to perfect at home. For all you coffee lovers, Eater San Francisco has a handy list of local coffee shops that remain open for takeout—take a look here.