Lower Polk’s Own Bonayo.org Recognized as Finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Competition 

The free web app was selected out of over 2000 entries.

April 19, 2019 – SAN FRANCISCO, California – Bonayo.org (“Bonayo”), a free SF311 analysis, mapping, and notification web app, was recognized by Fast Company magazine as a finalist in its prestigious Third Annual World Changing Ideas competition. The competition attracted over 2000 entries, but only a limited number were selected as finalists. Other finalists in this renowned competition include Microsoft, Facebook, and eBay.

SF311 is the primary customer service center for San Francisco and allows people to report trash, feces, needles, downed power lines, etc. Bonayo works to open up this public data and allows all citizens to see all the data that has been submitted to SF311. Users can see that data on a map, they can see it in tabular format, or they can see it in the form of graphs. In addition, Bonayo has a powerful real-time notification feature that allows anyone to set up alerts for when specific types of new SF311 service calls come in. These alerts may be set for text and/or email.

In fact, Bonayo is all about seeing: the word “Bonayo” literally means “one who sees” in both the Xhosa and Zulu languages.

Bonayo is a project of the non-profit Lower Polk Community Benefit District, a local San Francisco 501(c)3 which works to improve the lives of all people in the Lower Polk neighborhood. Bonayo was made possible by a generous donation from Sutter Health / CPMC.

“We are humbled and honored by this recognition of our hard work,” says Christian Martin, Director of the Lower Polk Community Benefit District. “We think public data should be public,” he continues, “and with Bonayo, we are empowering the people of San Francisco to see and make use of this data.”

To see Bonayo, visit https://bonayo.org. To see the entire awards list from Fast Company, visit https://www.fastcompany.com/90329244/world-changing-ideas-2019-all-the-winners-finalists-and-honorable-mentions


Christian Martin
Lower Polk Community Benefit District
(415) 845-7094 (direct)
[email protected]

lowerpolkcbd.org / bonayo.org

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