What is Creative Currency?
What is the new economy? Why focus on it?
Why focus on this community?
Starting with weeks worth of on-the-ground research and listening, Creative Currency aims to influence the systems of exchange in the Mid-Market and support residents in overcoming barriers and inefficiencies to their prosperity.
We selected this community because it’s our community – members of our team are here every day and we’re excited to see where our learnings can take us in applying these tools to other neighborhoods that need them.
What is a hackathon?
How did Creative Currency Come about? Who’s Involved?
We noticed that many of the most useful resources for transforming our economy – alternative payment systems, crowdfunding platforms, sharing tools, alternative currencies – just aren’t reaching the organizations and people that could use them the most.
Further conversations with organizations in the community have reinforced that connections with technology companies and their platforms, although extremely powerful, have yet to realize their full potential. Through the broad set of relationships represented in our collaboration we hope to nurture projects and relationships in the community that will serve its residents for years to come.
Who’s going to attend and why?
What happens to projects after the initial weekend? How long do I have to commit for?
What is the program model?
You can learn more about the program model here.
1. Community Outreach (Community Brief): With an incredible diversity of demographics, interest groups, and constituencies, Mid-Market is perhaps one of the most complex neighborhoods in the country. That’s why we’ve spent weeks on the ground conducting in-person interviews with dozens of San Francisco’s leading Community Benefit Organizations, local businesses, and neighborhood leaders. In order to ensure the projects are as grounded as possible in existing local efforts and challenges, we’ve analyzed hours of discussions and insights and boiled them down into a holistic Community Brief to inform project teams.
2. Prototyping (Collaboration Weekend): Leading developers, designers, entrepreneurs, community representatives, and leaders of the new economy will join a weekend hack-a-thon called Collaboration Weekend on April 27-29th. They’ll prototype innovation solutions to address the pre-identified challenges in the community.
3. Development and Acceleration (Demo Day): Projects will undergo initial technology testing, community feedback integration, and solidification before presenting to a broad audience of Citizens at Creative Currency Demo Day on June 27th.
4. Implementation and Adoption (SOCAP12): Top projects will receive funding and support to develop their project into companies, organizations, or collaborations with a chance to showcase at SOCAP12, the world’s largest gathering of social entrepreneurs and impact investors.