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Eventbrite - FinCapDev Hackathon: Powered by US Financial Diaries || San Francisco

The FinCapDev || San Francisco Hackathon is a two-day event where entrepreneurs, designers, developers and innovators come together, collaborate and build things. What types of things? Hacks, prototypes or apps for mobile platforms that attack specific U.S. Financial Diaries cases and would help underserved Americans make smarter financial choices and achieve better access to financial services.

What are these U.S. Financial Diaries cases? U.S. Financial Diaries is a research project tracking more than 200 low- and moderate-income households over the course of a year, and collecting highly detailed data on household financial activity. The cases describe real people and document their financial lives.  For this hackathon, you will hack to solve the financial challenges faced by two households that are profiled in U.S. Financial Diaries cases, the Rodriguez family and the Johnson family. Check out the cases and start thinking about what to hack!

The FinCapDev San Francisco Hackathon is sponsored by PayNearMe, the electronic cash-transaction network that enables consumers to pay rent, transfer money, repay loans, buy tickets, make online purchases and do much more with cash.

The following technology partners are providing tools and resources for hackers, which are described in detail on our website:

For a full rundown on everything you need to know about the FinCapDev || San Francisco Hackathon (and its New York counterpart), visit the FinCapDev Hackathons page. This is where we have all pertinent information: what to bring, what we provide, etc. Please read it. Also note: Your purchase of this ticket represents an agreement to the FinCapDev Hackathon rules, viewable here. Please email info@fincapdev.com with any questions.


156 2nd St 
San Francisco, CA 94105

Dates and Times:

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM -Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)

View full rules


$5,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize winner will receive $3,000 plus a guaranteed Finalist slot in the FinCapDev 2014 Competition, which includes a $7,500 cash stipend and access to technical and expert resources to further development, plus a shot at the $50,000 FinCapDev 2014 Competition Grand Prize.

Runner Up Prizes (2)

Each runner up team will receive a $1000 cash prize.

Hackers' Choice Award

The peer-selected “Hackers’ Choice” award will be chosen by voting by participants in the public Hackathon area at the time of judging. The winner will receive the total value of entry fees collected for the Hackathon (minus processing fees).

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


The Hackathon is open to:

  1. Individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and at least 18 years old; or
  2. Teams of up to four individuals, each of whom is at least 18 years old. Each team must identify a team leader who is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.  Teams may be formed at the Hackathon event itself.

Read the Official Rules to read the complete eligibility criteria.


Participants must create an app that relates to the theme of promoting financial access and/or financial capability. Submitted Apps must:

  • be germane to the theme of personal finance; and
  • address the needs of financial capability or access.


Karim Bhalwani

Karim Bhalwani
Manager, API Strategy & Business Development at Yodlee Interactive

Kurt Thams

Kurt Thams
CTO of PayNearMe.com

Preeti Mehta

Preeti Mehta
Director of Project Incubation at D2D Fund

Judging Criteria

  • Innovativeness
    How new is this idea? This could be a radical innovation or a meaningful new take on an existing product or service.
  • Impact
    App has the ability to make its users' lives better, for example by helping them save more, make better financial decisions, or reduce debt.
  • Market Viability
    Does the App show promise of performing in the marketplace?
  • Functionality
    How well does App perform the function defined by Participant?