Mayor Edwin M. Lee today officially opened the new South of Market headquarters of GitHub, a San Francisco startup that powers code collaboration in the programmer community, and announced that the City’s Municipal Code will be posted on the GitHub platform.
“I am proud to be celebrating the expansion of GitHub, a company that started here, stayed here, and is now growing right here in San Francisco, the Innovation Capital of the World,” said Mayor Lee. “I am also excited that the City is using GitHub’s platform to release the Municipal Code for coders to make it more accessible to our public.”
“This is a really exciting time for us. GitHub was born in San Francisco, and now that we are in full growth mode, we are thrilled to have found this new space in our home city that can grow with us,” said GitHub Co-Founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner. “We love being part of the thriving tech community in San Francisco, so we designed our new space to be more than just an office. We want it to be a resource for community organizations and events like tech talks, workshops, and more.”
GitHub, a company that started in San Francisco, has more than tripled their presence, growing to 55,000 square feet. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) estimates that this new office will allow them to expand from their 70 current San Francisco employees to more than 400 over the term of their lease.
Mayor Lee celebrated the opening of GitHub’s new office space as he announced that, for the first time, the City’s municipal code previously inaccessible in modern, programmer-friendly formats, will be available for anyone to view and for coders to build applications for online. Making the municipal code available in this new format will make it easier for the public to navigate, understand and access the laws of San Francisco. The work of expanding access to the Municipal Code is the result of the efforts of many partners including American Legal Publishing, the OpenGov Foundation and GitHub. For more information, go to sfmoci.github.io/openlaw .
Last year Mayor Lee declared October as San Francisco’s first Innovation Month, and this year the City is again celebrating the innovative spirit of our residents with a month-long series of events. Innovation Month will feature events across several business and civic sectors, including technology, the environment, and the maker movement. Innovation Month will spotlight organizations and entrepreneurs that make up today’s generation of disrupters, thinkers, and builders, and will help tell the story of San Francisco as the best place to live, work and play. For a full list of events, exclusive content, and to learn more about October’s Innovation Month, go to im.innovatesf.com.