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Using technology to help the homeless


Even tougher, said Yamamoto, would be the labor involved in grafting the system onto the city’s existing archaic reservation network or building a new one from scratch.

Jake Levitas, research director at the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, the San Francisco digital arts non-profit that conceived Creative Currency, believes that such obstacles are best surmounted by applying the hacker mindset to community issues.

In Silicon Valley-speak, the word “hacker” more often describes someone who comes up with a clever solution to a frustrating problem rather than someone who’s committing cybercrimes.

In a sense, he said, he hopes the same mentality that has helped once-small startups challenge the dominance of companies such as Microsoft can make strides against a seemingly intractable problem like homelessness.

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