April 24th-26th, 2020
Columbus College of Art & Design


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.

Friday, passionate community members (that’s you!) pitch innovative ideas to solve the most pressing social issues in Columbus. 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.

Your ticket for the weekend includes:

  • Meals all weekend
  • GiveBackHack t-shirt
  • Surprises and swag from our sponsors and community partners
  • Mentorship by local 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


Rachyl founded @greatercolumbusconsulting from her passion for helping small local businesses succeed. Rachyl is a lifelong Buckeye, with a degree from The Ohio State University, and 20 years of business experience in central Ohio. She has assisted executive teams in securing over $65M in funding, as well as helping businesses of all sizes create strategic goals ... Read More »

Emily brings a background in Social Enterprise, Design Thinking, and Facilitation. She is currently a ForImpact Fellow within The Suddes Group, where she works to change the story of the nonprofit sector by coaching national nonprofits and social enterprises. Previously she has served as a Columbus Foundation Fellow at Besa Community and Innovation Consultant ... Read More »

Clayton is an IT Specialist for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General where he is the go-to guy for assistance with over 200 applications and systems built around protecting Ohio's families. His previous background in hospitality is fused with a passion for technology that he discovered at, of all things, a GiveBackHack event in 2016.

His mission since has ... Read More »

Ruei is passionate about the startup scene, technology and giving back to the community. She currently works at Grange Insurance as an Emerging Technology Lead and serves on the board of Mental Health America of Franklin County. Prior to GiveBackHack, she was on the Startup Weekend Columbus Organizing team. Outside of working and organizing, she enjoys hiking, cooking and brewing.

Chase is a senior Finance student at The Ohio State University and an analyst at LOUD Capital. While at school he has deeply immersed himself in the Columbus startup space, having co-managed the SEA Change accelerator in 2017, served as Treasurer for Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship in 2018, and worked as one of GiveBackHack Columbus’s Finance ... Read More »

Pre-submitted Ideas

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