February 19-21, 2016
Have you ever had an idea to solve an issue in our community? GiveBackHack is the next step. Attend to partner up with the community and find the resources to make that idea a reality.
The event kicked off Friday night, where community members of all backgrounds who are eager to make an impact on the city around them met and exchanged ideas. The crowd favorites were identified and teams were formed around them. Participants then spent the weekend mentored by top social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists and prominent business men/women as they vetted their ideas and built them into real products – physical products, smartphone applications, websites and a variety of solutions for the issues we face in Columbus.
Moving forward, we at GiveBackHack want to help teams succeed. If you were on a GiveBackHack 2016 team and need help, or you or someone you know want to help, send an email to email@example.com.
Director of Community Investment, IGS
Jen Bowden is the Director of Community Investment for IGS Companies, where she has the awesome privilege to carry forward the company’s vision of changing the world by changing the way we think about and consume energy. In this role, she’s responsible for investments into the communities where IGS does business including philanthropic investments, employee community engagement, and volunteerism. Before joining IGS, she was the vice president of community relations for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus’ professional hockey team. Jen has also held roles as the director of corporate and government relations and capital campaign manager for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Before joining the Foodbank, she spent several years in charitable fundraising in Washington, D.C. She graduated in 2004 from The Ohio State University with a degree in International Studies. Jen actively serves the community through volunteerism and civic participation. Currently, she serves as a board member of Deep Griha USA, the McConnell Arts Center, is a committee chair for the HRC Columbus Gala, and annually serves as a roster judge on Election Day for the Franklin County Board of Elections. She, her daughter Parker, and their small but loud dog Frankie live in Northwest Columbus.
CleanTurn, Freedom a la Cart
John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating training and employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including prior incarceration. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on empowering those impacted by poverty and incarceration. He is very active in the non-profit community and has served on several nonprofit boards including Accion Chicago, RefugeeOne and NHS Redevelopment Corporation. John currently serves as President/ Board Chair of Freedom a la Cart, a social enterprise focused on providing training and employment for survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio. He holds five Master’s degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, non-profit management, including an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Director of Government Affairs & Labor Relations, City of Columbus, Office of Mayor Andrew J. GInther
Emerald Hernandez has experience with the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, Legislative Liaison, where she represented the Dept. of Veterans services to the Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as outside stakeholders. She has worked as a legislative liaison for the Office of Governor Ted Strickland and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. She has also been involved with The United Way of Central Ohio and the American Society for Engineering Education. She is actively involved with initiatives that seek to empower and educate Latino youth.
VP, Strategic Communications and Marketing, United Way of Central Ohio
Jerry Dannemiller is United Way of Central Ohio’s Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing. In his role, Jerry leads a team committed to raising awareness and engagement year-round through campaigns and events focused on United Way’s work of improving lives, strengthening our community, and helping people build pathways out of poverty.
Prior to his joining United Way of Central Ohio in October 2014, he was Director of Marketing and Communications at the Wexner Center for the Arts (wexarts.org) where he oversaw all tactical and strategic planning for the center’s outreach, publications, media relations, advertising, CRM and data analysis, digital and social media efforts. He guided the center’s brand and reputation, partnering with internal university groups, external vendors and community partners to develop programming, messaging and key annual campaigns. Prior to the Wexner Center, he was with University Communications at Ohio State where he served in several roles including writer, editor, producer, and Assistant Director within the university’s Publications and New Media Unit.
Jerry also has written for several publications and online outlets including The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, National Public Radio, and the Ohio State University Alumni Magazine. He’s active in both the arts and community organizations in Columbus, volunteering with Greater Columbus Sister Cities (Africa Selection Committee), the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Columbus Music Co-op, and has helped organize art events and festivals big and small throughout Columbus. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Wesleyan University.
Managing Partner, Robert Gregory Partners
Greg has a degree in Finance and Economics from Bowling Green State University (cum laude) and worked in banking for 18 months after graduation. For the past 25 years he has launched and financed seven separate entrepreneurial ventures, six of which have been financially successful. He has been interviewed extensively by major business publications on global recruiting trends and has authored several white papers in this area.
In 2011 he launched Robert Gregory Partners, an Executive Coaching and Leadership Development firm which has 40 coaches and consultants across the globe and has many Fortune 500 companies as current clients. RGP is a rapidly growing and profitable firm. Greg is actively involved in the RGP daily business where he oversees the strategy and business development functions.
Also in late 2011 Greg joined Acceptd as Executive Chairman, consultant and investor. In a very short time Acceptd has become the global leader in University Fine and Performing Arts application and audition technology and over 450 universities became Acceptd clients in their first several years of operations.
Greg most recently has been an advisor, Board member and investor in EduSourced, a firm that has created the technology and services to stream line the rapidly growing experiential learning market in higher education.
He enjoys being involved in his wife’s and three children’s activities, fitness training and civic activities.
Associate, NCT Ventures
Calvin is an associate on the NCT Ventures investment team and focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities. He specializes in raising capital, market research and intelligence, due diligence, and portfolio management. Prior to joining the NCT family, Calvin served in an executive role at OMSDC where he conducted the merger due diligence and integration of two regional organizations. He has experience in supplier diversity and business development, connecting diverse owned companies to Fortune 500 corporations. He also founded and launched the MBE Academy in partnership with the City of Columbus. Additionally, he has public relations and marketing experience that includes creating and publishing the Connections Magazine, government affairs, strategic marketing, and branding initiatives. Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Financial Economics and has presented economic research at national conferences.
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.
UI Designer/Developer, User Experience at Cardinal Solutions, Co-Organizer & Co-Founder of Columbus Web Group
Kevin Mack is a developer, designer, and consultant that is focused on creating user interfaces and user experiences for large-scaling websites. Kevin is also a co-founder and co-organizer of The Columbus Web Group where he actively participates in growing and educating the community around design, development, best practices and standards for the web. You can find him on Twitter (@nicetransition),
Developer at CoverMyMeds
Jay Bobo is a software developer and serial entrepreneur. He is the creator of Cards For All People, a cultural casual gaming company, principal of Good Produce, a digital solutions consultancy firm and founding mentor of Pair Columbus. He has spoken at SXSW Interactive and worked with a host of companies including SapientNitro, Microsoft (MSN), Nike, State Farm and Scion/Toyota among others. His work has been featured on CBS News, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Essence Magazine, ESPN and similar media outlets.
Big Kitty Labs
Dan comes from a heavy background of DIY self taught talents including video production and animation, design, and marketing. His mainline activities take him into the world of design research at Lextant where for 11+ years he’s been Lextant’s Tool Czar and key Futurist. In 2008 he stumbled upon Startup Weekend Columbus, and won the TechGenesis 50k grant fund for the creation of JoeMetric, a mobile survey startup he led and started with 7 others. With a compulsive vision and insane work ethic he created BKL in 2009 to explore the horizon of “what if and why not” with fellow JoeMetric co-founder and friend Tushar Kulkarni. Dan’s role in BKL is vision, concepts, brand, user experience, research and tactical yummyness.
Product Head, CrossChx
Jay Clouse is an entrepreneur and community evangelist who mixes business development and product as a Product Head at CrossChx. As former COO of a technology startup (Tixers), a Create Columbus Commissioner, and an Organizer/Facilitator of Startup Weekend, his mission is to help and empower the Columbus young professional community and grow the technology startup ecosystem. He has a passion for the arts and local music scene as well, and explores the intersection between entrepreneurship and art. Jay once bought Dave McClure a beer and he told said that Jay's pitch "didn't completely suck."
Design Research & Strategy
A Design Strategist with a focus on experience research. Ten years of gathering and translating consumer insights to improve human and design interaction on both emotional and functional levels. Leah provides the voice of the user within the innovation process to promote positive interactions where people live, work and play. She helps key stakeholders to achieve alignment for successful business strategies through the lens of their consumers. Passions include public speaking and providing user insight to inform great design / brand messaging, or to fuel innovation. Global travel and immersing in other cultures when possible is food for her soul.
The Columbus Foundation
Steven, in addition to working with donors and their professional advisors to identify charitable goals, plays a lead role in supporting and growing organization endowment funds and philanthropic activities beyond central Ohio. Steven serves as a liaison to the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Dublin Foundation, and other regional community foundations.
Besa Community, Inc.
Matthew launched Besa, a Columbus-based charity that connects people to community service. In its first 2 years, Besa has curated 250 service projects and contributed $225k in goods and services back to local nonprofits. Matthew is originally from Philadelphia. He graduated from Ohio State University with degrees in Marketing and Political Science.
Sr. UX & Innovation Strategist @ FUSE by Cardinal Health
I approach new products by championing wonder, humans, and precognition. All that other technical stuff, I picked up along the way while creating several startups, and being semi-professional. It's been swell, but the swelling's gone now. My last ad-venture was a game company named Derpy Games. We won a couple of awards for our first game. It was neat. I have an affinity for orange cats, and making things fancy.
Stuff I'm good at: UX, strategic communications, design, operations, mass production, software development, app gamification, marketing, innovation processes, business development, and game design.
You should say, "hi."
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
Arnab’s research is in the area of database systems, focusing on exploiting user behavior to address challenges in large-scale data analytics and interactive data exploration. The goal of his group is to empower humans to effectively interact with data. This involves solving problems that span the areas of databases, visualization, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. Arnab is also a founder of The STEAM Factory, a collaborative interdisciplinary research and public outreach initiative, and faculty director of the OHI/O Hackathon Program, that uses hackathons as an informal learning platform. Arnab is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, and a Yahoo! PhD Fellowship.
IGS is driven by a set of core beliefs that moves us toward an energy-independent United States, powered by domestically-produced, environmentally-responsible resources. And just as IGS seeks disruptive innovations in the energy space, they take a similar approach to their community investments. For this reason, the company has made social enterprise a primary focus of their philanthropy. IGS is proud to partner with GiveBackHack to invest in entrepreneurial solutions to complex social issues – improving lives by harnessing market forces to get innovations to the people who benefit the most.