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Obama Campaign Opens Tech Field Office In San Francisco Thursday

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 22 2012

Campaign stickers for Barack Obama's re-election this year have already started popping up on cars all around San Francisco and many campaign events for volunteers have been organized lately in the Bay Area.

So it comes as no surprise that the Obama campaign would further capitalize on the region's enthusiasm for the president by opening up a "tech field office."

The campaign is formally opening up the South of Market Office Thursday evening with talks about Obama's tech initiatives, and is calling techies to come and bring their ideas and skills to volunteer for them.

"Many supporters of the President have lent their time and talent to building the largest grassroots campaign in history," reads a note on an online sign-up sheet for volunteer coders. "Traditionally, this has always taken the form of volunteers talking to neighbors, phonebanking, canvassing, and hosting house meetings. We learned from 2008 that using the talents and skills of our supporters was key to building the most effective organization. Now we’re taking the next step by providing the opportunity for supporters in the technology community to help the campaign extend our current tools."

There should be no shortage of talent, and in fact there should be a pretty strong local network since there are several veterans of the 2008 campaign now in the Bay area working on other projects.