GiveBackHack Columbus 2020 is POSTPONED, read the updates on COVID-19 here


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


We’ve been closely following the news surrounding COVID-19 and the impact it is having around the world. The safety and well-being of our team, mentors, sponsors, and attendees remain our primary focus.

We are in a holding pattern as we wait for more information. Please follow our facebook event here to stay up to date with us. We still are extremely excited about GiveBackHack Columbus and though we don’t have a date set yet we will continue to update you as we have new information.

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 that are realistic based on their past ... 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 with Honda at Ohio State University.
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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 been to provide resources ... 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 Associate at LOUD Capital, responsible for directing and managing the bulk of the company’s operational and project management activity. He ensures that effective operational processes are implemented across each of LOUD’s lines of business and is always seeking ways to enhance internal efficiency and improve overall performance.
In the past, Chase was a Project Manager ... Read More »

Adam is a co-founder of Wild Tiger Tees, a budding social enterprise work program for youth experiencing homelessness. (Which started as a GiveBackHack project in 2018!) He is passionate about inspiring others to get involved, and hosts the People Helping People Podcast to inspire greater social change in the world. By day, he utilizes his technology background as the CTO for Asset Strategy Group, where ... Read More »

Gabriela Torres is a local artist and social impact advocate. This is her second year on the organizing team and she can’t get enough of it! When she’s not helping plan the event you can find Gabby painting at her studio in downtown Columbus or hopping around local art and music events in the city. She also has two adorable cats and loves to dance!

Mark is an experienced business development professional and product enthusiast. He started his career in consumer products, where he's helped multiple Fortune 500 companies sharpen their operational capabilities and efficiencies. He has taken his skill set and brought it to the Columbus technology community after participating multiple times in GiveBackHack and Startup Weekend.
He is currently ... Read More »

Colin is an emerging innovator in the Columbus community. He spent his time at The Ohio State University pursuing his desire to create and critically problem solve which landed him in the Columbus entrepreneurship space.
He has spent time in a variety of roles, which range from Conservation Crewmember to Idea Development and Business Strategy intern. He is passionate about helping businesses ... Read More »

Julia is a self-defined startup finance addict, currently spending her days with Aware helping add security and compliance to enterprise collaboration. She is passionate about venture-backed growth, personal finance education as a tool to create more equitable opportunities in communities, and leveraging sustainable models to make social change more attainable. After participating in two GBH weekends ... Read More »

Bennett is a passionate member of the Columbus Social Enterprise Community. He currently works in operations as a Venture For America Fellow at Peerro. A three-time Give Back Hack participant, this is the year that he brings those experiences to the organizing team!

Bennett is constantly enthusiastic about service and the arts. His mission is to find creative ways to do good and support ... Read More »

Sam Baddoo is a serial social entrepreneur who left behind the familiar hustle of building businesses and communities in West Africa to become part of a new generation of change-makers in the Midwest of America. Right now, he is a co-founder at [re]start, where he leads a team of passionate people reinventing the way people find and grow careers.

Max is Software Engineer living in Columbus. He is thrilled by watching people drive to make great ideas a reality, especially when they are focused around compassion and community.

He loves the outdoors and music.


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