San Francisco is one of the largest innovation hubs in the world, one of America's richest cities and a city where everyday, new technologies compete to transform the quality of life for humanity. Yet this city is also home to one of the largest populations of people experiencing homelessness in North America. More than 7,000 people are recognized as homeless in San Francisco, living in either temporary shelters or on the street.
ShelterTech is a non-profit organisation founded by former homeless Darcel Jackson that develops digital solutions for homeless and underserved communities.
As he was experiencing homelessness, Darcel Jackson realized he had access to a smartphone but found that getting info about services available for people experiencing homelessness was extremely difficult - there were no products designed for the homeless. So he gathered a team of volunteers to build it!
ShelterTech team aims to build the most reliable, up-to-date online database of services available to homeless and underserved communities in San Francisco.
That's where we need you! We are running volunteer workshops, called Datathons, with the goal of vetting the accuracy and quality of the data.
During this Datathon, you'll work side-by-side with Community Representatives -- people who are currently or have previously been homeless -- to verify information and make sure the 500+ services in our system are correct. This is a great way to learn about some of the struggles faced by people experiencing homelessness and have an immediate impact in helping them.
Come join us, learn more about homelessness in SF and have an immediate impact!
Snack and beverages will be provided for volunteers :-)
No special skills required, just basic internet browsing and typing!
Please bring your own laptop
1:00pm-1:30pm Volunteer Training
1:30pm-4:00pm Data vetting & discussions