Smart Money Hackathon

All San Franciscans, but especially the underserved and poor, lack access to the financial knowledge they need to make critical financial decisions. Financial education alone cannot solve the issue. We must create the tools to make financial education timely, actionable, personalized and connected to healthy financial products and services.
To tackle this challenge, the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) is partnering with the Impact Hub and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) to host the Smart Money Hackathon and Tech Clinic.

Developers, designers, marketers, community members and makers of all kinds are invited to participate in this weekend hackathon to build capacity for our financial empowerment non-profit and public organizations.  We’ll be at the SF Impact Hub the whole weekend and all meals will be covered, including free beer and snacks on Friday evening.

The following organizations and programs will present key capacity challenges they are facing and spaces for innovation they see in the field. Check out more detailed organization overviews at

      • CurrenC SF: Employer campaign to promote safe and electronic pay transfers
      • MEDA: Financial asset development for SF low and moderate income Latino families
      • Mission SF: Incentivized youth savings and financial awareness and advocacy

As part of the MOCI Tech Clinics initiative, project teams are encouraged to commit follow-up hours after the weekend to complete their new services, products and tools that build the capacity of community initiatives. These teams will have the chance to work closely with their nonprofit and civic partner, and then present their finished product at the following Tech Clinic.



6:30PM Doors Open
7:00PM Welcome and Presentation of Challenge Areas
8:00PM Team Formation and work time

9:00AM Doors Open, Breakfast provided
12:00PM Lunch
6:00PM Dinner

9:00AM Doors Open, Breakfast provided
12:00PM Lunch
4:00PM Presentations and Judging
5:30PM Winners Announced
6:00PM Happy Hour and Celebration



Everyone is a winner, but to highlight the work of a few remarkable teams, our special guest judge panel will be awarding three awards at the end of the weekend:

Most Innovative for the Field: This winning team will receive 1 SOCAP Ticket, a 3-Month Hub Membership, seed funding AND will go on to compete virtually against Financial Empowerment Hackathon winners from Chicago, Miami and New York.

Best Community Collaborative: This team receives 3-Month Hub Membership and seed funding

Audience Award: This team will receive a free financial planning session for each member and seed funding.



Thank you to our star panel of judges:
Shaun Webb, Capital One
Patrice Martin,
Jonny Price, Kiva
Jose Quinonez, Mission Asset Fund
Jonathan Wolter, Square


 Special thanks to our partners and sponsors:

San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment


San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation


Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund


Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco


Financial Planning Association of San Francisco


Impact Hub Bay Area




Mission SF






The Smart Money Hackathon is powered by Capital One


Beverages provided by RUNA


Financial Hardship: No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Kristina at for more information.


Refund Policy:  If you cannot attend the event, please email us at least 1 day before the scheduled time of the event. We will not refund if we have less than 24 hour notice.

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Event Organizers

Impact Hub Bay Area

Date & Time

06/06/2014 to 06/08/2014 | 6:30 PM to 6:00 PM


Impact Hub San Francisco – Lighthouse Meeting Room


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: $15

Cost for Non Members: $25

Updated on 04 June 2014