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HACKtivation for the Homeless

Hi SFHI Members,

Sorry for the long radio silence. Both Rose Broome and I were busy with our respective projects. Wanted to let you know about this big event happening next weekend. If you're available, please join. See the information below, and check out

I've been thinking about organizing some meetups at different community partner locations, each of which could give an overview of their work. Send me your thoughts (and I'll send another note in the next couple weeks). Thanks, Barry

HACKtivation for the Homeless is an opportunity to join partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to collaborate on civic issues and address homelessness. This is just the beginning of a series of events for ongoing civic participation to create lasting impact and build a stronger San Francisco together.

This Hacktivation is a 3 day event that will take place March 28th-30th. We will be opening at Glide Memorial Church, Hacking at the Yammer Office and closing at Code for America.

The format allows for nonprofits and social impact projects to present their ideas and problem sets around helping the homeless. Teams of civic hackers will self organize into teams and spend the weekend gathering data, learning about the eco system and collaborating on possible solutions.

There will be a judging round to determine potential recipients of community grants to continue their projects after the Hacktivation. ReAllocate will continue hosting bi-monthly meet ups and welcoming hackers to continue collaborating on the projects they begin at the Hacktivation.

Many groups have expressed the desire for a referral system with accurate and current data that will allow them to better serve their clients and empower people to find the services they need. We would like to have a cross-disciplinary team join the event and discuss the different approaches to providing this solution.

This team will come out of the Hacktivation with a greater understanding of the stakeholders, possible solutions and ideally create ongoing collaboration to provide appropriate solutions for the people in need.

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  • Komal A.

    Hey everyone! I launched a tech startup that reduces hunger and food waste called Feeding Forward. We leverage the speed and accessibility of mobile apps to help curb hunger by encouraging people to donate the excess food they have. Think of us as the ‘Uber for food recovery’. In short we connect those in need to recycled perfectly consumable food. We've already fed over 500K. I am in sincere need of a developer/software engineer to recreate our website (as it is not functional in many regards and very code heavy) and our mobile applications shortly thereafter. If this is the sort of project that is in your scope of expertise or of any interest to anyone you may know, please reach out.

    Any assistance from you or your team would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me directly at [masked]. Thanks so much in advance!

    Best Regards,


    March 24

  • Andrew D.

    Is there a location we are supposed to meet today?

    March 28, 2014

  • Peter M.

    Cool article on mobile and how the homeless use it. Also inviting a friend Trey Hiller that works with the homless and he can share a lot of the habits and mindset of our friends without a place to live! thanks for organizing this!

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still looking for hackers who understand the power of this concept and want to build apps to support it.

    March 21, 2014

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