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Yo Yoshida is the CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco civic start-up, Appallicious. He is a seasoned innovator, entrepreneur, writer and start-up adviser with a passion for government and technology. Yo took his passion for government and over 15 years of experience in technology, marketing, finance, non-profits and sustainable development to create a first-of-its-kind mobile commerce platform for government.

In August 2013, Yo received the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Center for Digital Government for his work with open data in San Francisco and across the country. Appallicious has created San Francisco’s Rec & Park app, featured by the U.S. Department of Energy, and named one of the “7 open data apps every city should have” by Mashable. The civic start-up has also developed the new Neighborhood Score app which was launched by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Yo has been an outspoken evangelist of the open data movement. Through his work with local governments and public officials, Yo has encouraged cities to embrace open government policies. In October 2012, Yo joined with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor David Chiu and San Francisco Rec & Park GM Phil Ginsburg to introduce revised open data legislation to create more structure around how San Francisco’s data is shared with the public.

Guest Blog from Appallicious: The Case for Comprehensive Open Data Legislation

On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 63 people and injuring nearly 4,000 residents. The quake also caused an estimated $6 billion in damage and displaced over 12,000 people. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the earthquake, and though we don’t know for sure when the next “big one” will hit, we now have access to resources and tools to better prepare and recover from disasters like these. At the White House last week, Appallicious unveiled one of these new tools during a disaster technology event -- the Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard, or DAAD . This new online tool creates a “shareable economy” to aid in economic stability post-disaster. DAAD utilizes open data to assess community resiliency and promote pre-disaster preparedness, allowing for more resilient economic recovery in the wake of a disaster by creating a more robust and locally...
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Guest Blog from Appallicious: Open Gov on the Move in 2014

Editor's Note: Yo Yoshida is the CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco civic start-up, Appallicious. The beginning of 2014 has proved to be a busy one for both Appallicious , and the entire open data movement. To say a lot is going on would be an understatement. Next week, I’ll be participating in  Accela’s annual Partner and Developer Conference to discuss how our company and other civic startups are improving communication between citizens, businesses and government agencies.  Accela is one of the leading civic engagement platform providers — we are thrilled to have been invited up to Tahoe for the event. Last year it was announced that the California based company  raised $40 million. We are excited to learn from other leaders in the space and share what we are gearing up to launch. I’ll join a panel of open data advocates from Accela,  OpenCounter and  BuildingEye . OpenCounter...
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