Creative Currency – Hackathon

A weekend of prototyping solutions addressing systems of exchange in Mid-Market; Register Now!

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.

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

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