SF Hackivation

Put 40 developers in a old victorian mansion house in San Francisco, add social innovation projects that need development help, stir in food and a dash of beer to create a recipe for spontaneous community and cooperative innovation.

This is what happened on June 8th when ReAllocate hosted its first Hackivation, sponsored by RYOT Magazine and Our partners, Bay Bucks, Poll Vault, Hero Hatchery, Stop the Pity and RYOT Magazine brought their teams, opened up their code base and presented development challenges for participants to dig into!


Teams self organized around the projects they wanted to work on and everyone was coding up a storm within an hour of the kick off presentations. Chong Kee, a co-founder of Bay Bucks, came looking for a mobile app to allow customers to use their local currency on their phones. Bay Bucks had a hiccup with their API but the team perservered and built the mobile app through help from UI/UX designers and full-stack developers. “The hackathon also totally exceeded my expectations. Previous hackathon I’ve been to spent a lot of time pitching different ideas, form and reform teams, and little time coding. This one had a very clean pitching phase because of pre-selection and it freed up ample time to code.” -Chong Kee

People could be found spread through the house hacking on their chosen projects. Chefs where in the kitchen preparing food to keep the teams focused and videographers moved between rooms to capture the energy and share the story. Nolan Lee led his team to build a series of visualization features for PollVault to help people vote smarter and share information about upcoming elections. Nolan was up until 5 AM the night before preparing for the Hackivation and his pre planning paid off big in getting all his desired features built. “All in all, Hackivation was a rousing success for us. My key takeaways are these: 1) The more you prepare, the better your results will be. 2) Cast a wide net in scoping your project so that anyone can contribute in some capacity. 3) Hackers with good minds AND good hearts are gold… treat them that way and you will be richly rewarded.”

Native Art Meets 3D Scanning

March 23, 2013


Anchorage, Alaska: ReAllocate is honored to announce a collaboration between 3D scanning specialists Direct Dimensions and Sugpiaq Alutiiq artist Perry Eaton. Direct Dimensions “ReAllocated” (lent) their technical expertise and state-of-the-art technology to the project, which was preserving and perpetuating Alaska Native culture by digitally scanning Alaskan Native Art and Artifacts. Mr. Eaton commissioned the work to support a show he is participating in this spring at the Orenda Gallery, Paris.


ReAllocate Ambassador David Karabelnikoff, himself a Native Alaskan, introduced Mr. Eaton to ReAllocate and its network of World Class experts after discussing his work one day in his workshop. “Perry is interested in using the latest innovations in technology and design to further his craft,” says Mr. Karabelnikoff, “he understands culture is fluid and not trapped in time and ReAllocate is the perfect partner, leveraging its network to deliver domain-specific expertise around the globe.”


“It is incredibly exciting to bring cutting edge technology together with a cultural expression that has existed for a very long time.  To see how the impact of the masks is enhanced and broadened through the use of 3D scanning and ultimately 3D printing is very fulfilling and is a great example of applying technology in a meaningful manner,” says Timothy Lipton, Co-Founder of ReAllocate.


ReAllocate seeks to empower Alaskans through the implementation of advanced technology to facilitate innovation and sustainable solutions for housing, energy and food.  Selected projects are partnered with experienced mentors who guide them through hands-on training with cutting edge technologies, share expert knowledge of business strategy and provide access to a larger network of professional resources.


About Perry Eaton:

Perry Eaton was born in Kodiak, Alaska. He grew up on his father’s fishing boat and his professional life has covered a wide variety of fields. He has worked as a machinist at Boeing Aircraft Corporation; for three different banks, Seattle First National Bank, The First National Bank of Anchorage and United Bank Alaska; and as community development professional, specializing in rural Alaska. Eaton was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Native Heritage Center. He also served seventeen years as Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Village Initiatives.


Eaton has been appointed by three Governors to variety of directorships including: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Municipal Bond Bank Authority, Alaska Renewable Resources, and The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation.  Eaton is currently the Corporate Relations Manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Eaton serves as Director Alaska Native Art Foundation Board of Directors.


About Direct DImensions:

Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) provides unique solutions to complex modeling and manufacturing problems. We specialize in the on-site application of digitizers, laser scanners, and the conversion of complex three-dimensional data into 3D computer models.  “Our 3D imaging technology allows us to document complex objects down to the last intricate detail,” explains Michael Raphael, president of Direct Dimensions. “In addition to saving time in the design process, we enable innovators to capture, model, and modify complex physical shapes, such as organic human forms, that would otherwise be impossible to design even with today’s advanced CAD systems.”


About ReAllocate

ReAllocate is a global network of world-class engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs empowering communities through technology and innovation to improve quality of life.  The ReAllocate community currently includes nodes in San Francisco, Alaska, Utah, Tokyo, Haiti, Lithuania and Beirut.  The community creates innovative technological, social and business solutions to self determined needs through collaborative design and prototyping. For more information, please contact:


ReAllocate is Headquartered in TechShopSF at 926 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94123 To volunteer, donate or learn more, visit  Those interested can also follow the organization on Facebook ( or


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Letan Bosye

Letan Bosye is farming community a little less than an hour outside of Jacmel, it’s always had a lake but the farmers never took much interested in fishing up until a year ago. With help from a Spanish NGO, the community purchased Tilapia fish cages and constructed a building with solar panels to contain a freezer to store fish.

In it’s third harvest the fishing project has caught the attention of several small families who are interested in purchasing their own cages; the birth of a small fishing community. Costs and upkeep however are just now being turned over to the village; $20 a week for food and $600 for the cages, an investment that isn’t affordable for most of the the families in the area without the external help.

After being boated out to the the cages, shown the feeding process and then taken to the storage freezer, we met with the project leader and discussed the development of the project and took notes on their solutions.

The most expensive input was the feed, which is imported from Port au Prince. They have experimented with food for the fish; using bread fruit, a local fibrous hanging fruit and reeds. The fish ate it right up, but the community was worried about how healthy it was for the fish and if they could continue to feed them the fruit for long periods of time.

The biggest issue though was the expense of the cages. They are made of PVC and plastic mesh. In theory, they will last a long time, however their $600 expense is not sustainable in Haiti. A quick talk with hydroponics experts back in Port au Prince revealed that there are projects in South East Asia that use bamboo and sap.

The viability of the business model is not obvious from our discussions with the community, though they know there are issues. Taking a much more involved inspection of their involvement with the NGO they’re working with and the sale of the fish would be needed before any honest report of sustainability could be made.

It’s a good idea in theory, but if the cages require external construction, it might as well be a dead fish in the water.

Jacmel Joe

While briefly passing through Jacmel on our way to the mountains we stopped at Jacmel Joe’s guest house where he works on a Charcoal stove project.

By using coconuts rather than wood Joe is trying to reduce consumption of the local trees and use coconut, a product that most Hatitans have access to and is more dense, burning as charcoal 3 times longer and hotter.

Joe has been working on his stove for the past 2 and a half years, and is on his third prototype. He is selling the charcoal, the cook stoves that the charcoal fuels and is hoping to sell the presses to make the charcoal.

Joe was very busy while we were there and time was short. We plan to return and discuss his progress and stay at his lovely sea side guest house.

La Montagne

This past week, Sean went south to Jacmel and visited La Montagne. The community of La Montagne, devastated after the earthquake and realizing that it needed to diversify economically beyond farming, began experimenting and created a rural collaboration center under an almond tree (where they talked for hours into the night about their goals, projects, and problems).

La Montagne is producing Haitan Blue Coffee, endeavoring to convince local farmers to grow coffee rather than rice and beans. Discussions with French and American coffee distributors have gone well, and plans to purchase a roaster in the next year are in the works.

Tree Grafting:
Haiti has a major deforestation problem. One factor is housing and construction needs, another is charcoal for cook stoves. Stumps are found all over the county and erosion is rapidly becoming a major problem with heavy seasonal rains. La Montagne’s solution  is tree grafting. Mango tree stumps found all over Haiti are being mixed with other fruit bearing trees such as Bread fruit and Orange. La Montagne has situated itself as an expert in this field and has communities travelling form all over southern Haiti to learn from their work.

Gabion Wire:
Gabion wire’s are rock retaining mesh wires, similar to chicken wire but much thicker. There is currently no other source in Haiti for the wire and the community at La Montagne has put significant effort into building a production facility. 12 local teens work in the 50′ by 15′ wooden structure where they make the wire for 12 hours a day. The wire is used to produce schools, houses, bridges and retention walls. Stone is gathered by local groups (where construction is located) and the wire is much lighter and easer to transport than cinder blocks.

The wire is shipped from Port au Prince to Jacmel where it is then taken across the river and up to La Montage (a two hour journey by car when the bridge is washed out).

First the step was measuring and straightening the wire, which took two people and was an imperfect process. The wire is then set in 4 pairs of 2 and given to a two person team who weave the wire in and out of a nail bracket and a 2×4 brace. The process took 2-4 minuets per 4 inch section, most of the time put into setting up the brackets.

Our friends from Future Generations who were translating and coordinating the groups we were visiting, took us to a popular water fall in the area where we cliff jumped and relaxed before heading off to our next site in Jacmel.

Opportunity everywhere in Haiti.

Day 2: Setting Up

Met with Jeff today, talked about safety and made plans for the weekend. Took pictures of facites with Phil, learned about what equipment in the workshop, and what what up and coming projects are in line – also helped with the toilet.

Tomorrow I need to help with the shop, and gain ownership of it – meaning work in the metal shop and help with any laying and concrete initiatives- maybe houses.

certain roads in citie solie, off limits.
don’t go to the banc without a partner, and make sure you’re not marked with chalk when you walk out

none at the moment –
New Items

Took pictures of the compound :
apparently so did Jeff the most accurate map of Haiti
Meeting with John from Haiti Partners who has a bakery / school which is an A-b project

Action Items:

Work on Haiti communitere project – and figure out how to bring more people here.
– SH model
create calendar
make person database
begin media plan
Desk x 2 for room
Internet set up – an extrea line
get new Moz net

Thursday: citi solie
Friday : John with Haiti aid rustic
Sunday: clinque
Nextweek: country with Sabina