Collaboration Weekend

Collaboration Weekend: April 27th-29th
More than a typical hackathon, Collaboration Weekend was the first gathering uniting developers, designers, local leaders, and new economy experts to rapidly prototype community-driven solutions.
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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

  • 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

9am: Day Commences / Breakfast
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.


Tech Keynote – Bob Leeis 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.

Mentors and Workshops

Saturday Optional Workshops and Mentor Sessions

10am-10:40am: presents: “Building Trust through Information Systems”
(Location: Downstairs) 

Katherine Woo, VP of Product. Technology provides us with opportunities to build relationships of trust that otherwise may not have existed. This trust is largely the result of increased transparency, which can be achieved through 1) thoughtful information display; 2) innovative methods of data collection and 3) robust back-office information systems. (Location: Downstairs)

1pm – 3pm: UX Clinic, sponsored by Hot Studio
(Location: Downstairs)

The UX doctor is IN at Hot Studio’s walk-up clinic. We can offer a full spectrum of UX services to ensure your product idea is useful, usable and desirable:- – help you validate which features are most interesting or useful
- identify user needs that correspond to your product
- validate your interaction model
- screen for usability issues
The UX Clinic will be run by Dani Malik, Executive Director of User Experience at Hot Studio, and staffed by experienced members of Hot Studio’s award winning User Experience team. Come visit us!

2pm-2:40pm: Air BnB presents: “How Sharing Technologies Lower the Barrier to Entry into New Economies” – (Location: Downstairs)
Molly Turner, Public Policy, leads a workshop on how new economy models like AirBnB create economic opportunity.

3pm-5pm: Air BnB Mentor Hours: Chad Thornton – Interaction Designer , Michael Schacher – Marketing Manager, Joe Zadeh –  Product Lead
(Location: Upstairs)

Mashery Mentor Hours (TBA)
(Location: Upstairs)