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San Franciscans bring startup approach to homeless

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Optimism reigns in San Francisco, especially when it comes to the seeming promise of technology to improve people's lives.

Recently, a crowd of engineers, entrepreneurs and designers came together for a weekend of intense work and little sleep to figure out how technology could help people who don't have roofs over their heads, much less web browsers.

Projects hashed out included a mobile wash station that people could use to take showers and launder their clothes.

Another would eliminate lines for homeless shelter beds by setting up touch-screen kiosks to make and check reservations.

Organizers of the Creative Currency project surveyed community organizations, residents and businesses in the city's Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods to ensure "hackathon" participants had an informed sense of their needs.