Stephen Braitsch (b. 1976) is an American designer, researcher, engineer, inventor, filmmaker and producer based in San Francisco, California.
He designs and builds software tools, physical products and environmental experiences that aim to educate, empower and improve the quality of people’s lives.
He was born in Elizabeth, NJ and raised by a working class family who taught him the importance of hard work and helping others at a very early age. He was the organizer of his grade school book club, volunteered his weekends at the local parish and became an Eagle Scout just before his 16th birthday.
After graduating from high school he moved across the country to Portland, Oregon to purse screenwriting and directing films. In 2002 he co-founded blueprint films, a cooperative of filmmakers that produced over 80 short films, features, music videos, commercials and documentaries.
On November 4th 2008, the day that Barack Obama was elected to his first term, he moved to San Francisco to pursue new opportunities and collaborations and sharpen his focus on emerging tools and technologies.
Shortly after arriving in San Francisco he founded the San Francisco Creative Coders, a social group for artists, hackers, makers, designers, and storytellers to pool resources and build friendships in the Bay Area. Since 2010 the group has hosted over 45 events throughout the Bay Area and currently supports over 2,100 members.
He sites the following artists, scientists, poets, and philosophers as all having major influence on his life and work:
He currently lives in the Lower Haight with his beautiful and multi-talented wife, is a proud and active member of the San Francisco Bike Coalition and thinks constantly of ways we can use compassion, outreach, design and technology to improve the quality of life for everyone.