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Hacking for Homelessness



It’s hard to ignore the homeless and low-income population in San Francisco. Whether you are braving the tenderloin or shopping in Union Square, chances are that you’ve witnessed this epidemic firsthand. It can be hard to comprehend the sheer size of this often overlooked community, considering the rich digital landscape we live in; a reality in which we create apps to entertain the more fortunate on a daily basis.

Enter Creative Currency, an organization which aims to bring these two worlds together to create a new, better economy. The organization has put together a multi-phase model, which takes advantage of the breadth of local entrepreneurs, businesses, designers, and programmers who inhabit the Bay Area. During phase two, these local creators will come together to devise innovation solutions to help underserved communities in a three day hackathon style collaboration weekend.

This hackathon comes with a particularly difficult challenge – how do you use technology to help a low-income community that has very limited access to this technology? This challenge will be tackled by two of our very own COG1 team members, Creative Director extraordinary Mark Junkunc and dev expert Justin Mahon. Mark and Justin will be among the 200 participants to come together April 27th – 29th with the hopes of making a positive impact on our local economy. The collaboration weekend will kick-start a six month process, which will include development, testing, and feedback. The creators will have an opportunity to showcase their innovations during a demo day in July, after which the best projects will be chosen to move on to the final phase – $15,000 in seed funding and mentorship.

This event is a big step in the right direction, towards a new economy in which technology serves as a social catalyst for positive change.

If you are interested in using your creative powers for good, consider joining us for the upcoming collaboration weekend. http://creative-currency.org/

One Comment

by: Bob 02.08.2014
Is there a way for me to download artMatch app I have a samsung gallaxy 3 I search the app and it says to downlaod itunes so I do then I search apple itunes and I get this Did you mean armtech? No results were found. Please try a different search.
by: Mark K Smitham 05.15.2012
Hello San Francisco, this is London calling! We've been planning a very similar hackathon since January and we'll be holding it in London on 16 June: http://homelesshack.com/ We're looking at issues in Westminster, rather than your Mid-Market district, as well as nationwide. I think your projects are great and I look forward to sharing the output from our day with you as well as seeing your prototypes in a few months. Best regards, Mark K Smitham @maakusan
by: David Carmona 11.26.2010
Bow Chicka Wow Wows! Blown away - you guys & gals did such an amazing job. congrats.. for all the hard work.
by: kelly ioerger 11.24.2010
Woot woot! Site is looking sexy, good work team COG1 MON!

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