Engineering School-of-the-Streets

In 2009, with limited resources, John Weiss transformed a rough little recording studio over our gym into a beats-and-rhymes learning laboratory. Our kids at the Bayview YMCA loved that studio. Mr. Weiss personifies a fierce mix of tech skills, creativity, and a talent for winning trust and enthusiasm from our hard-to-impress youths. John's an honest, hard-working visionary who brings innovative, results-driven projects to the neighborhood.”

Gina Fromer, Chief Executive Officer Children's Council of San Francisco, former Vice President/Regional Executive Director at YMCA of the East Bay, former Executive Director at Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, Jefferson Award winner, Commissioner at Marin Human Rights Commission, former California State Director at The Trust for Public Land

John's the real deal. He brought innovative engineering mentoring to one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco. He has a magic gift for inspiring excitement, engagement, and respect among teens who otherwise struggle with dangerous drugs, guns, and the criminal justice system. John donated his own time and resources-- he has absolute integrity. The Bayview BOOM has been ahead of the curve for years.”

Mike Yoshioka, Former Program Director, City of Dreams, Interim Director of Resident Services and Engagement at San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP! The Bayview BOOM ROCKED it at EELive! 2014. EELive! is one of the biggest embedded systems conferences in Silicon Valley. We were extremely impressed with John's inspiring presentation at the "Gadget Smackdown" competition. Our audience of professional engineers was enthralled by John's talk, and amazed by a boombox built by a young BOOM apprentice. The BOOM combines creativity, technological design, and a wonderful social mission, so it was no surprise to me that John's presentation was the winner of the Gadget Smackdown. We are all looking forward to more innovation from the BOOM!"

Clive “Max” Maxfield – Editor of All Things Fun and Interesting at Electronic Engineering Times

The Bayview BOOM is a true example of the power of technology democratization. John Weiss, BOOM's Director, is using technology, not only to solve problems, but also to bring people together, enable invention, and inspire. Thanks John, for inspiring us.”

Carlos Montesinos – Research Scientist & Technical Lead, Intel Labs

John is a tenacious educator, community builder and activist. His innovative work with Bayview Hunters Point youth cultivates a vital awareness praxis - it affords young people the opportunity to bear witness to their own creative potential and positive impact. I support John's work as it honors the community's tradition of self-determination through innovation and supports unbridled talent".

Yvette Robles – Restorative Justice Strategist, Former Community Facilitator of BMAGIC (Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in Our Communities)

The Bayview BOOM is a revolutionary program that brings engineering education to the young people of San Francicso's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. The BOOM nurtures cognitive growth, physical activity and a love for electronic design in its students - one boombox at a time. "

Amelia Dalton – Journalist, Electronic Engineering Journal. http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20140530-fishfry/

John developed a well-organized road-map for our corporate sponsor drive, built an appropriate process-management tool, and confidently launched our successful campaign. He also created our event participant-survey. John's generous spirit, can-do attitude, leadership, enthusiasm and vast technical experience were an asset to the team, and greatly appreciated. Go John!"

Cindy Solomon, Producer – The Product Summit.

John single-handedly conceived and coordinated the entire Eco Village at the SF Earth Day Festival He won sponsors and material donations, recruited alternative-energy demos and expert speakers, organized permaculture exhibits and public artworks, and scheduled musicians. He was a fantastic, invaluable team-leader. John is hardworking, multi-talented, and always ready to step up whenever and wherever needed."

Douglas Kolberg – Producer of the San Francisco Earth Day Festival, 2012, 2013, 2014.

John's a great teacher. As a hands-on host at LoveTech, SF's live electronic music showcase, he sparked creativity among our participants of all ages. John is especially good at inspiring curiosity in educational environments-- he makes challenging concepts coherent for beginners. John enriches our cultural community without bounds, making music, technology and art accessible to everyone."

Rich DDT – Interactive installation designer, electronic music producer, Director of LoveTech.

John is doing vital work to empower disadvantaged girls in his community. He's a kind and humble person with big, innovative ideas. As a volunteer at my fundraising event for female survivors of human trafficking, John saved the day with his technical skills. Thanks, John!"

Laura Price – Director of Blossomy Creative Programs for Survivors of Human Trafficking

I have had the pleasure of working with John Weiss for two years with Beats for Boobs, a local San Francisco all-volunteer run organization. I found him to be respectful of female leadership and personal boundaries. He was always eager to lend a hand and pitch in when needed. He is professional, friendly, and trustworthy. His attention to detail is notable and quite critical, as events tend to move in many directions simultaneously. Thanks John for your great spirit and enthusiasm to make an impact in the breast cancer community."

Juliana Cochnar, Founder and Executive Director, Beats for Boobs