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925 Mission Street

San Francisco, 94103

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A large-scale, multidisciplinary hackathon centered around the new economy. Weeks of on-the-ground neighborhood outreach. Six months of mentorship and community feedback. $15,000 in seed funding, and the chance to showcase at SOCAP12, the world's largest gathering of social entrepreneurs and impact investors.

Creative Currency is a new model for innovating and sustaining world-changing, community-driven projects.

We hope you'll join us.

Friday, April 27th

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration/Check-in and Dinner
6:30pm: Opening Session and welcome by Creative Currency Team
Keynote: New Economy Leader: Katherine Woo, VP of Product –
Keynote: Technology Leader: Bob Lee, CTO – Square
Keynote: Community Leader: Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director – GLIDE Memorial
8:30pm: Team Formation Process
9pm-12am: Working in Teams

Saturday, April 28th

9:00am-12am (all day): Working in teams.
9am: Day Commences / Breakfast
Workshops by:, AirBnB, The City of SF, Hot Studio and more.
Mentoring and Advice: Mentoring Tables available with specialist schedules posted at table.
Observations: Community
12pm: Lunch
7pm-7:45pm: Dinner and Speaker: Community Reflection
9pm-12am: Working in Teams

Sunday, April 29th

9:00am-3:30pm (half-day): Working in Teams
9am: Day Commences / Breakfast
12pm: Lunch
4pm: Demos Commence: 5 min pitch, 1 min questions
7pm:Group dinner and mixing


New Economy Keynote - Katherine Woo, VP of Product at Katherine is currently the VP of Product at, a non-profit which popularized microloans on the web to entrepreneurs around the world. Prior to Kiva, she co-founded a social dating startup and spent 7 years in various product and strategy roles at eBay and PayPal. Before this, she received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, was an associate at Mercer Management Consultant, and earned a BA Economics at Harvard-Radcliffe.

Technology Keynote - Bob Lee is the Chief Technology Officer at Square. He leads a team of 90 engineers and oversees all of the company’s technical initiatives. Bob engineers hardware, smartphone clients, highly available payment processing infrastructure, and everything in between.

Prior to Square, Mr. Lee was a staff software engineer at Google. There he led the core library development for Google’s Android mobile platform, contributed to the design of the Java Programming Language and its APIs, created the Jolt Award-winning Guice framework, and led JSR-330 Dependency Injection for Java–the fastest executing Java specification in the history of the Java Community Process (JCP). Mr. Lee represented Google on the JCP EC, an executive committee that steers the development of Java, and helped open Google’s London engineering office.

Community Keynote - Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director at GLIDE Memorial. Under the Co-Executive Director leadership model, Kristen and Rita Shimmin oversee all areas of programmatic, evaluation, fundraising, and administrative operations at GLIDE.

For nearly five decades, GLIDE has successfully operated a variety of programs from daily free meals and a community health clinic to family, youth and childcare services. GLIDE takes pride in positioning itself within the community rather than above it. It is through this philosophy of meeting people where they are that GLIDE has become a beacon of unconditional love to San Francisco’s most vulnerable communities. As Co-Executive Directors, they uphold the vision of supporting and uplifting the disenfranchised through radical inclusivity, acceptance and respect.
Kristen holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and has 20 years of experience as both a not-for-profit and for-profit professional. Kristen lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

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We welcome and encourage participants from all races, faiths, sexual orientations, and backgrounds to join us!

Note: 100% of ticket contributions will be donated to a participating Community Organization. No one will be turned away for lack of funds - contact if you would like to participate for the full weekend but are unable to make the ticket contribution at this time. We want as many people to attend the event as possible. Please notify us ASAP if you will be unable to attend so that we can make room for others.

About the Initiative

CREATIVE CURRENCY aims to envision, prototype, and deploy innovative solutions that address systems of exchange in underserved communities.

The initiative will join leading developers and designers with experts in social finance, local currencies, crowdfunding, sharing platforms, job resources, and the new economy to rapidly develop tools to address critical needs in San Francisco’s Central Market/Tenderloin community.

Informed and advised by dozens of San Francisco local community service organizations, the initiative will address pressing questions such as:

  • How can financial data empower low-income residents?
  • How can local currencies support local businesses and community organizations?
  • How can sharing platforms be tailored to fit the needs of under-served communities?
  • How can tools like crowdfunding and microcredit be put to work for social service organizations and individuals alike?

Creative Currency launches April 27th-29th with a three-day Collaboration Weekend at The Hub in San Francisco. More than a typical hackathon, this Collaboration Weekend will begin a 6-month acceleration process including support, mentorship, and community feedback. And to ensure the projects are rooted in existing community input and initiatives, we've conducted dozens of on-the-ground interviews with local leaders and compiled them into a Community Brief to inform project teams.

Projects from the weekend will be presented at Creative Currency Demo Day in July, where they'll be judged on their usability, relevance, and impact potential. Winning projects will be given seed funding to continue iterative development and trial deployment. Top projects will be showcased October 1st - 4th at SOCAP12, the world’s largest gathering of social investors and entrepreneurs.

With this unprecedented collaboration of organizational leaders in creative technology, social enterprise, civic innovation, community development, new economics, and financial services, we intend to foster world-leading projects with lasting impact.

Advisory Committee

We've brought together some of the world's most visionary leaders renowned for using new tools and methods to rethink our systems of exchange. The Creative Currency Advisory Committee is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between technologists, strategists, entrepreneurs, and activists shaping the future of community economics and social change.

Premal Shah, President, Kiva

Jen Pahlka, Executive Director, Code for America

Kelly Mason, Senior Manager, Omidyar Network

Alexa Clay, Acceleration Services Director, Ashoka Changemakers / Co-Author, The Misfit Economy

Mira Luna, Founder, Bay Area Community Exchange / SF Timebank

Milicent Johnson, Community Manager, Shareable

Elvin Padilla, ED, Tenderloin Economic Development Project

Zach Berke, CEO, Exygy

Dan Schulman, President, Enterprise Growth, American Express

Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, City and County of San Francisco

Peter Hirshberg, Chairman, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Cory Smith, CEO, Hub Bay Area and SOCAP

Creative Currency is an initiative of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Hub Bay Area, the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, and American Express.

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925 Mission Street

San Francisco, 94103

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