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Learning Shelter Hackathon


Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

Learning Shelter Hackathon

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You are invited to the Learning Shelter Hackathon at [freespace]!


On June 1st, [freespace] fellow Marc Roth (http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/16/homeless-to-hacker-how-the-maker-movement-changed-one-mans-life/) shared his vision for the Learning Shelter: a shipping container outfitted with maker tools – 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, welders, plasma cutters and more – to serve as a skills training center for those living in homeless shelters, as Marc was until recently. In addition to the skills training center, the Learning Shelter will provide housing to program participants (30 at a time for a 90-day intensive).

Marc asked for help from the community, and 43 days later, five shipping containers arrived!


Lend your skills to turn this idea into reality. Whether you are a web designer, social worker, maker, teacher, or energetic creator, we need your input! Join Marc and [freespace] for a Learning Shelter Hackathon this Friday and Saturday July 19th and 20th to contribute your skills and expertise.


We’ll be breaking into groups (schedule below) to address the following aspects of the Learning Shelter plan:

  • Branding/logo design
  • Creating a crowdfunding campaign
  • Making a website for the Learning Shelter
  • Designing curriculum for program participants
  • Brainstorming projects for participants to create
  • Sharing best practices for recruiting participants from local homeless shelters


Are you (or do you know) local leaders in San Francisco who work with the homeless community? We want to include as many people as possible in this hackathon to share their knowledge and experience, and provide insights to help guide your creativity. If you have a suggestion for someone to include, please email ilana@freespace.io


We want you to be fed. Can you help bring food Saturday? Please email kyle@freespace.io


Friday July 19th

  • 7:00 PM - Welcome and introductions

  • 7:15 PM - Hackathon Opening - overview of topics for discussion

  • 7:30 PM - Form groups for Learning Shelter Ideation

  • 10:00 PM - [freespace] closes. Head out into San Francisco and find inspiration all around you!


Saturday July 20th

  • 11:30 AM - Return to [freespace] reconnect with your team, meet the experts

  • 12:00 - 6:30 PM - Ideas to Action, hack with your teams

  • 3:00 PM - Mid day check-in (hear from experts, get feedback, etc)

  • 7:00 PM - Team presentations

  • 8:00 PM - Hackathon closing ceremony

Have questions about Learning Shelter Hackathon? Contact ReAllocate

When & Where

1131 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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