April 20-22, 2018

Events / Cleveland 2018


Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community?

GiveBackHack is the next step. GBH starts with a weekend-long event to serve as your launchpad for social innovation. We bring together community leaders, designers, developers, businesspeople, and any concerned citizen to create solutions that will help make a lasting social impact.

Friday, passionate community members (that’s you!) pitch innovative ideas to solve the most pressing social issues in Cleveland. Saturday, participants form teams and build upon ideas for a sustainable, technology-based business. Sunday night, teams will pitch to a panel of judges for the opportunity to earn funding, mentorship and other resources to move forward with their solution.

Ticket includes:

  • Seven local meals
  • GiveBackHack t-shirt
  • Surprises and swag from our partners
  • Mentorship by top social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, tech execs and more
  • An opportunity to change your community for the better.

Judges & Mentors

The list of mentors and judges will be added soon!

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Event Sponsors

Directions & Parking

Weekend Event Location

StartMart – 50 Public Square #200, Cleveland, OH 44113


Details for Parking and Directions can be found at StartMart website.


Feras Deiratany is an Application Programmer at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland, with a Computer Science and Engineering degree from The Ohio State University. His first participation in GiveBackHack sparked his interest in the event and its importance when he saw the impact it created within the Columbus community. This realization, along with his passion to use technology to drive positive social impact and help others, are but few of the many reasons he decided to help organize GiveBackHack Cleveland 2017.

Katie moved to Cleveland in 2016 as a Venture for America Fellow, and spends her workdays designing and testing software for interpretation of genetic data in cancer patients. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming in lakes and pools, reading sci-fi from the Cleveland Public Library, exploring the brewery scene, and visiting local ice cream establishments. Organizing GBH Cleveland 2017 was her first dive into the SocEnt space, and she's absolutely thrilled to be back for round 2!

Lindsey McEntee is fueled by a passion for social justice and love of words. After graduating from Ohio State University with degrees in marketing and English, she has been committed to applying commercial strategies to propel progressive social change. Lindsey is excited by GiveBackHack as it brings together worlds that otherwise may never interact. She has seen first hand the impact that GBH has had in Columbus and is proud to bring the event back to her hometown.

Peter Grapentien is an iOS and Android developer for Progressive Insurance. Before picking up coding as a career, he taught English as a Second Language at Kent State and worked for various nonprofits including the now deceased Flyover Country Review magazine. As a former attendee of GiveBackHack in 2017, Pete’s excited to contribute to this year’s GBH and hopefully make it the best one yet.

Joshua Su takes social good seriously, as that is his motivation in everything that he does. Coming from Wesleyan University, where he launched a non-profit for diversity and inclusion in tech and entrepreneurship, he balances the intricacies of data, health, and innovation passionately. Joshua has a background in non-profit finance, data analytics, and health. In his downtime, you might see him playing sports, cooking, or traveling from one adventure to the next.

Kimberly Schonhorst is new to Cleveland and was excited to join the Give Back Hack planning committee as a way to be introduced to the issues the community sees here and to help provide a space for people to launch their social enterprise ideas. She majored in Biological Engineering and concentrated in Business and Global Heatlh at Cornell University, and currently works as a Business Analyst for BioMotiv, a pharmaceutical accelerator.

Abby Radcliffe is the Client Solutions Director at Health Journeys Inc. She came to Cleveland to earn a Master's degree in Physiology and MBA from Case Western Reserve University and liked it so much she decided to stay! Abby is passionate about entrepreneurship and healthcare, with a background in consulting and marketing. She was first introduced to GBH Cleveland after watching the public presentations last year, and knew right away this was an organization she wanted to be a part of. In her free time, you can find Abby exploring Cleveland with her dog, reading, or enjoying the outdoors.