The San Francisco Hub of the Global Shapers is a community of young leaders committed to creating positive change in ourselves, our local community, and the world. We are an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF).


    Our mission is to marshall the considerable resources available to us — in the form of expertise, network, financing, and human effort — to catalyze or amplify projects and people that create positive, equitable impact.


    We commit to partnering with our local community to learn about problems and needs from those who face them; to designing our work with an eye towards scale and repeatability; and to supporting each other through the challenges we encounter.


  • Coming up soon is our application season, Apply to join Global Shapers SF Hub!

    The SF Hub of the Global Shapers invites you to apply to join the hub. Applications will be accessible from January 1 - January 31, 2021.


    • Between 18 and 27 years old at the time of application
    • Living in or routinely accessible to the city of San Francisco

    • Do not work at the same organization as an existing SF Global Shaper. If you would like to confirm whether your organization is eligible, please contact curators@sfshapers.com

    • Will be available for an in-person/virtual interview on Saturday, March 14 (time TBC)

    • Track record of -- and/or demonstrate great potential in -- positively contributing to society

    • Committed to working with other members of their Hub to improve the city in which they are based

    • From all walks of life and who share a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest

    • Ready to deeply engage in the Shapers community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting their fellow Shapers in their individual and professional development


    • January 1 - Applications open

    • January 31 - Applications close

    • Est. February 16 (TBC) - Application results announced - successful applicants invited to interview

    • Est. March 14 (TBC) - Interview day (your interview will be a 30-minute slot between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM)

    • Est. March 15 (TBC) - Class of 2020 announced

    • Est. March 29 (TBC) - Class of 2020 orientation


    • The application will be open until January 31, 2021.

    • Please note that you will not be able to save the application before submitting. We recommend copying the questions and writing down the answers in another doc, and pasting them back into the application when you are ready.


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    2022-2023 Curatorial Team

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    Will Kraft

    Hub Curator

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    Rachel Poonsiriwong

    Hub Vice-Curator


    See the SF Global Shapers in action #sfglobalshapers



    The Global Shapers undertake events and activities that generate positive impact our their local communities. We also share lessons and best practices across Global Shapers Hubs, and connect with World Economic Forum discussions and activities on a global level.


    We seek to have an impact by catalyzing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.


    Our projects for the 2016-2017 cycle are underway - you can learn more about these projects on our Facebook Page (livestream of our Pitch Day here and here, slides here). Here's a quick overview of our current initiatives:

    1. ShelterTech [slides] - Helping the homeless access social workers and information.
    2. #VotingIsSexy [slides] - Increase Millennial Voter Turnout.
    3. Addressing Food Insecurity in the Tenderloin [slides]
    4. Allies [slides] - Platform for scaling diversity & inclusion initiatives in the Bay Area.
    5. The Last 6% [slides] - Documentary/discussion about the African American decline on Fillmore.
    6. Raphael House Nanodegrees [slides] - Equip at-risk homeless family breadwinners with tech skills to land tech jobs.
    7. Design Thinking in Cuba [video]
    8. Imagination: Party at the Palace [slides] - Fundraiser gala to raise money for SF education non-profits.
    9. Career Skills Speed Training (completed) [slides] - Train underrepresented youth in soft skills to succeed in the workplace.
    10. Shaper Debates [slides] - Periodic debates open to the public highlighting a significant SF issue.
    11. ShaperTalks [slides] - Our monthly speaker series open to the public, inviting leaders who have shaped their industries to share their experience and views. 

    Here are some of our past projects:

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    Representing Young People at World Economic Forum Events

    Mission: Represent the youth voice and perspective at official World Economic Forum events and activities.


    Global Shapers are invited to represent the youth voice at World Economic Forum events, such as the Annual Meeting in Davos, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Summit on the Global Agenda, and more.


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    Shaper Talks

    Mission: Enlightening debates around meaningful topics
    San Francisco, California


    Organized several times per month by the fellow members of the SF Hub; ShaperTalks bring together relevant speakers, influencers, and friends for debate, interaction, and brainstorming. ShaperTalks focus on projects and problems that affect the city of San Francisco and beyond.


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    "Party at the Palace" Fundraiser Gala

    Mission: Raise $100k to support 7 education nonprofits improving graduation rates and life outcomes for students in our community.
    San Francisco, California


    In the Bay Area, only 33% of students who start high school will graduate from college. SF Shapers are partnering with EdTechWomen and the Innovation Hangar to organize a "Party at the Palace" fundraiser gala for April 2, 2016 at the Palace of Fine Arts (FB event here). The gala brings together corporate sponsors like Salesforce, Palantir, and Wonolo, as well as 1,300 of the city's most influential millennials to raise 100,000 USD for 7 nonprofits supporting education in our community: Alternatives in Action, Black Girls Code, Citizen Schools, Girls Who Code, Minds Matter, Mission Graduates, and Wishbone.


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    Mission: Leverage technology serve low income, homeless, and underserved members of our community.
    San Francisco, California


    ShelterTech creates tech-driven solutions for low income, homeless, and underserved members of our community. In 2016, we’re building AskDarcel, an app that leverages access to smartphones and WiFI, to provide those in need with a virtual case manager, guiding users through a step-by-step process to improve their lives.


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    Engaging Cuban Entrepreneurs

    Mission: Connect business and social entrepreneurs across the US and Cuba
    Havana, Cuba and San Francisco, California


    This was a 10-day trip to connect Cuban and American entrepreneurs and establish a World Economic Forum Global Shapers Hub in Havana, Cuba in April, 2016.


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    Civic Tech Challenge

    Mission: Help passionate students + innovative technology change our community
    San Francisco, California


    On November 7, 2015, SF Shapers partnered with Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit that runs action civics programming in local schools, to organize an inaugural "Civic Tech Challenge." Teens from the Generation Citizen program partnered with technologists and other community members to hack innovative tech add-ons to their action projects. Hackteams presented their innovations to 200+ guests at the evening presentation and reception, to a Judging Panel of the Bay Area's leading innovators (including Shapers!).



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    Come Back Home

    Mission: Help Internet companies join forces to find missing people
    San Francisco, California


    Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing. But what if the entire Internet could join forces to help find these kids and help bring them back home? The Come Back Home project enables companies with high Internet traffic add one line of code, which displays an non-intrusive banner with photos of missing people to any website's 404 error pages in the off-chance that someone who visits the site might recognize the missing people. Shapers are working with companies in the Bay Area to promote and publicize the initiative. Interested in joining? Email sfglobalshapers@gmail.com!


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    Global Float

    Mission: Celebrate our cities around the world with a giant, global dance party.
    San Francisco, California - and in cities around the world


    The Global Float brings together people in cities around the world for a giant, continuous floating dance party. A floating dance party is when a group of people download a 90-minute mix with songs from around the world, meet up, press play together, and dance around their city together. The fourth annual Global Float is happening in dozens of cities around the world, including in San Francisco on Saturday, July 18, 2015.


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    Proyecto Chispa

    Mission: Stop LGBT homelessness
    San Francisco Bay Area, California


    Far too many LGBT youth find themselves in terrible positions - usually ostracized by their families and communities. We teamed up with Larkin Street Youth Services and The True Colors Fund to fight to stop LGBT youth homelessness by collecting used electronic equipment in SF and Bay Area. This project was conducted in February, 2015.