February 19-21, 2016

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Events / Columbus 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.

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Friday - February 19th

Doors open
Dinner & networking
Welcome & speakers
Idea pitches start
Attendees vote on top ideas
Start forming teams
Formalize teams
Wrap up!
Facilities close

Saturday - February 20th

Doors open & breakfast to start the day!
Morning business/mentors arrive
Community updates - circle up and discuss progress
Afternoon Mentors arrive
Yoga break w/ Kelsey Langdale
Dinner sponsored by CoverMyMeds
Wrap up!
Facilities close

Sunday - February 21st

Doors open + breakfast to start the day
Business/mentors arrive + community updates
Pitch practice
Presentation tech check
Community arrives + final presentations
Judging and awards
Wrap up and celebrate


Jen Bowden

Director of Social Impact, IGS

Jen Bowden is the Director of Social Impact for the IGS Family of Companies, where she works to carry forward the company’s purpose of building a meaningful energy future together. In this role, she’s responsible for investments into the communities where IGS does business including philanthropic investments, volunteerism, sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, she has ... Read More »

John Rush

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 ... Read More »

Emerald Hernandez

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 ... Read More »

Jerry Dannemiller

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 ... Read More »

Greg Ruf

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 ... Read More »


Calvin Cooper

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. ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Kevin Mack

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), YouTube, CodePen, ... Read More »

Jay Bobo

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 ... Read More »

Dan Rockwell

Big Kitty Labs

Dan Rockwell is the cofounder of Big Kitty Labs (BKL), a digital software agency in Columbus Ohio. With over 20 years experience building and shaping technology solutions Dan is an avid futurist, strategy and ideation technology specialist. His clients include fortune 500 companies such as PG, to Honda and has helped build numerous startups in the central ohio region. Known for his passion for hustle, ... Read More »

Jay Clouse

Founder, Unreal Collective

Jay is a writer and entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. Jay fell in love with building products through his first software startup, Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. After a stint in product management at a venture-backed healthcare startup, Jay founded Unreal Collective in 2017 to combine his interests in product and community building. Unreal Collective is an online accelerator for founders ... Read More »

Leah McDougald

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 ... Read More »

Steven Moore

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.

Matthew Goldstein

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. 

Benji Michalek

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, ... Read More »

Arnab Nandi

Entrepreneur & Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University

Arnab works on human-in-the-loop data infrastructure, with the goal of empowering humans to effectively interact with data. This involves solving problems that span the areas of data management, visualization, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. At Ohio State, Arnab has co-founded initiatives such as The STEAM Factory, a collaborative interdisciplinary research and public outreach ... Read More »

Event Sponsors


omniBUS is a mobile app that eliminates transportation uncertainty by showing users where their bus is in real-time. Don’t worry. Just ride. omniBUS created a live, working prototype for their bus-tracking smartphone application during the weekend, had discussions with local COTA riders & employees, as well as engaged local advocates of Columbus transportation to validate their idea, build a business model that increases ridership, and an impact model that demonstrated the positive impact increased public transit ridership would bring to the community.
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Round It
Round It allows you to round up your credit card transactions to support causes that you and your friends care about.z
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The Tinder for people who are passionate about social good. Match with social good events and singles in your area and meet for a date!
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Combating the mind's innate negativity bias by creating a mobile app to gamify altruism.
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Project Hygeia
Recycles and repurposes bathroom amenities from the hospitality industry to improve homeless hygiene.
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This Is Your Bathroom
The mission of This Is Your Bathroom is to create transportable stations to provide bathrooms for people in need.
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Feed The Need
When you order food for delivery, adding the option of delivering to the homeless community at the same time.
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AltU guides students in exploring alternative career paths by connecting them with companies who care.
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Tech Terminal
Connecting students, adults, and families with art, design, and technology through a hands on facility.
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Capitol Capital
Directing grassroots donations for congressional campaigns.
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Providing access to other people who speak a different language to help others learn new languages and cultures.
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Civic Machine
Data Repository for community statistics driving social change.
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