April 21-23, 2017

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community? Have you ever had an idea to solve those issues? GiveBackHack is your next step. Attend to partner up with the community and find the resources to make ideas into a reality.

The event kicks off Friday night, where community members of all backgrounds who are eager to make an impact on the city around them meet and exchange ideas. The crowd favorite ideas are identified and teams are then formed around them. Participants then spend the weekend mentored by top social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists and prominent business men/women as they vet their ideas and build them into real products – physical products, smartphone applications, websites and a variety of solutions for the issues we face in Cleveland.


Judges & Mentors


Mel McGee

Founder, CEO We Can Code IT

Founder and CEO of We Can Code IT, Crain's Cleveland 2014 Woman of Note, and software engineer & architect with 20 years of professional experience, I am humbled to have the opportunity to give back to the community and shepherd new, diverse, programmers into tech careers. My interest in bringing coding to everyone began nearly as soon as I started my role as a software engineer. I've worked in IOT, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and enterprise development. Throughout my career, I've always found it satisfying to share my love of computer science and engineering subjects with kids, teens, & adults. We Can Code IT was born out of this love and my passion for equity. As the CEO of We Can Code IT, I bring this mission to life. At We Can Code IT our goal is to teach people how to code, especially those who don't typically feel invited to the field. Our coding boot camps flip the demographics of a traditional computer science classroom on its head. 80% of our students are women and people of color. My job is to help those in need find a new life, a new career, a new home in the tech community.


David Wintrich

Chief Academic Officer, TechElevator

David Wintrich is Chief Academic Officer and co-founder of Tech Elevator, a 14-week coding bootcamp where students learn full-stack software development on either the Java or .NET platform and receive career-coaching and job placement assistance to begin careers in technology. He is responsible for Tech Elevator's academic quality and integrity and has been the lead Java instructor at Tech Elevator's Cleveland location since it began operation. Immediately prior to founding Tech Elevator, David was an Application Architect at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he was the technical lead for an application that collected over $100 billion a year on behalf of the U.S. federal government. Throughout his career, David has embraced mentorship roles and has been recognized as a patient and engaged teacher. He finds it immensely rewarding to share his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for software development with his students as well as others exploring the field through Tech Elevator's #LearnToCode meetups and Hour of Code events.

Evelyn Burnett

Vice President of Economic Opportunity, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Evelyn Burnett is vice president of Economic Opportunity at neighborhood Progress, an intermediary whose mission is to foster communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland. Burnett oversees programs and initiatives integrating education, leadership building, community engagement, workforce and economic development and wealth building into the community development industry, and she coordinates the organization’s human development efforts to integrate with a region-wide place-making agenda. She sits on the board of several organizations, including Walsh University School of Business, Credit Builders Alliance and In Our Back Yards. Burnett holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Akron, where she also earned a bachelor of arts in business and organizational communications and public relations with a double minor in sales/marketing and dance.

Victoria Avi

Manager, Sustainable Business Center, Cleveland State University

Victoria Avi is a transplant from Azerbaijan. Her family moved to the US in ‘97. Cleveland is her new and forever home. She’s had the honor and the pleasure to work with and to learn from some of the best sustainability pros in Cleveland and the nation. Currently, Victoria is managing the Sustainable Business Center at CSU and teaching MBAs Sustainable Business Practices. Victoria is a proud double vike. #GoVikings! She earned a BA in Graphic Design and an MA in Environmental Studies from CSU. Sustainability, design, entrepreneurship and innovation are at the core of her work. Her earliest entrepreneurial endeavor was at the age of 9, reselling gum to her classmates.

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