SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Family members who lost children in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting gathered in San Francisco Thursday with some of the top Bay Area technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, announcing an initiative with the aim of reducing gun violence through technological innovation.
The Sandy Hook Promise Innovation Initiative, named for the school where the tragedy occurred last December, was unveiled at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
The group formed as a spontaneous grassroots effort following the tragedy at Sandy Hook and was initially spearheaded by Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway. “We are just getting started,” Conway said. “This effort will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we are very determined.”
Prizes will be awarded nationally for the best innovations as the tech community holds an “innovative challenge.” One venture capital group said they are hoping to raise $15 million in first year seed funding for 15-20 companies that are working on the issue.