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Smart Wallets for People Without a Home

Samaritan Rails Hackership

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Samaritan seeks intern hackers to join us this spring or summer to help people on the street access the resources needed to find a home. If that sounds like you, and you've got a gift for Ruby development, we'd love for you to consider sharing your gifts with the people we serve.

Outreach teams and case managers use our smart wallets—called beacons—as a resource for people experiencing homelessness. Individuals set their own housing and health goals and then can access the financial and social capital needed to meet those goals.

The Samaritan app enables providers to issue beacons, update goals & needs, and help beacon holders spend money. It also enables everyday individuals and organizations learn the stories of individuals and join their team of supporters to help them meet set goals. Over 10,000 "samaritans" invested >$100K and 1,000 letters of encouragement into a pilot cohort of 500 beacon holders, enabling dozens to reach life-changing outcomes. This is just the start; additional pilots in LA, OKC, and NYC are coming online soon.

You'll be joining an incredible task-force of 6 (one backend, one backend/Android, one iOS, and three non-technical). You'll collaborate to ship user-requested features and upgrades that grow the amount of financial & social capital that is put into the hands of people in need.

Samaritan hackers are compensated on a bounty system: every feature or upgrade has a bounty on it, which goes to you when you ship it. So the higher the impact you have for our users, the higher your compensation. (UPDATE: As our team navigates the current COVID-19 crisis, these positions will begin as unpaid internships.)

Strong preference given to candidates who can be onsite with us in Seattle (once this virus blows over). Will also consider a FT remote candidate in the right circumstances. Look forward to hearing from you!


  • support mobile client functionality by developing and maintaining our web API.
  • coordinating with remote team members to agree on technical implementations of features across the tech stack.
  • managing and scaling the infrastructure that powers our web services.


  • Balance engineering excellence with velocity

  • Communicate effectively with teammates, onsite and remote

  • Translate information between technical and non-technical team members

  • Eagerness to own a feature from conception to deployment

  • Willingness to wear many hats (you might help design implementations for features that span multiple codebases and platforms—you'll be responsible for doing whatever needs to be done to get features to users)

  • Quickly adapt and reprioritize to the needs of the team (no two days here are the same)

  • Ability to learn independently

Samaritan at a glance

Smart Wallets for People Without a Home

Samaritan focuses on Hardware and Financial Services. Their company has offices in Seattle. They have a small team that's between 1-10 employees.

You can view their website at http://www.samaritan.city

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