Through our Tech Initiatives programs, Tech in the Tenderloin supports tech innovations that improve the lives of our communities by reducing obstacles to access, empowering residents and making their neighborhoods better places to live.
2018/2019 Tech Initiative
2018 TNT Award: TeenTend Mobile AR App
Congratulations to Team TeenTend! Their innovative project will give real-time, direct voice to youth, family and residents of the Tenderloin neighborhood and beyond by enabling them to visualize their feelings through the use of augmented reality overlays onto their neighborhood as viewed through their iOS devices. The app will help motivate youth and other users to make a difference in their neighborhood through a fun, social gaming experience.
Faranak Razavi is a Game Developer and an AR enthusiast. She has an MFA in game design from the Academy of Art University and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis. She creates educational games and STEM applications that enable teens to contribute to society. She gets her inspiration from personal experiences, kids, educational books and animated movies. She created TeenTend in hopes of using latest technologies to encourage teens and their families to make a difference in their neighborhood.
Farshid Ghods joins TeenTend as a full stack software engineer. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University and more than a decade of experience building enterprise and consumer applications working for hyper-growth companies such as VMware, Couchbase and Samba TV. He is passionate about technology and as a long time resident of SF he is excited to contribute to TeenTend to build a bridge between youth and local community and city government.