Columbus

October 7-9, 2022
Columbus College of Art and Design

Events / GiveBackHack Columbus 2022

Overview

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 – up to $15,000 (brought to us by IGS Energy and The Columbus Foundation) will be awarded to the top ideas coming out of the event! Attend to team up with other talented and passionate community members and make ideas into a reality.

Friday, attendees pitch innovative ideas to solve the most pressing social issues in Columbus and form teams.

Saturday, participants are lead through the GBH process to vet, validate, and prototype their concepts. They will receive support from world-class mentors

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:

  • World-class Design Thinking training,
  • Mentorship by local social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, tech execs and more.
  • The opportunity to grow and learn alongside the most incredible people in the city.
  • Meals + GiveBackHack t-shirt
  • Surprises and swag from our sponsors and community partners
  • An opportunity to change your community for the better.

Stay in touch!

Moving forward, we at GiveBackHack want to help teams succeed. We support teams in finding the right next step whether it be funding, an accelerator, mentorship, workshops, or other local opportunities.

Don’t just hear it from us:

Check this video interview from GiveBackHack Columbus 2019 Winner, Renter Mentor!


Schedule

Friday, October 7

5:00pm
Doors Open + Dinner
5:30pm
Dinner + Networking
6:00pm
Friday night begins! We'll cover everything you need to know, let you pitch, vote on top ideas & form teams for the weekend
9:00pm
Wrap for the day!

Saturday, October 8

8:00am
Doors Open + Breakfast
Community Huddle - Validation
Morning Mentors
Community Huddle - Prototyping
Afternoon Mentors
9:00pm
Wrap for the day!

Sunday, October 9

8:00am
Doors Open + Breakfast
Pitch Practice
3:00pm
Final Pitches!

Mentors

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 ... Read More »

Alan Gilbert GiveBackHack Mentor

Alan Gilbert

Principal, Swiftcurrent Partners

Alan has spent his 40-year career building products, teams, and companies that solve problems and improve people’s lives. He has worked in a wide range of environments ranging from small startups to corporate giants but his passion and specialty is in scaling high-growth, early-stage companies. He has led teams in hardware, software, product and project management, manufacturing, construction, field ... Read More »


Event Sponsors


Facilitators

Emily is a Design Thinking practitioner by day and a Social Innovation enthusiast by night. She spends her time building the social impact launchpad at GiveBackHack, coaching social entrepreneurs, and empowering communities through Design Thinking facilitation. She is passionate about leveraging systems thinking to build sustainable social solutions, creating true social impact in our communities. Previously ... Read More »


Organizers

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 »

Emily is a Design Thinking practitioner by day and a Social Innovation enthusiast by night. She spends her time building the social impact launchpad at GiveBackHack, coaching social entrepreneurs, and empowering communities through Design Thinking facilitation. She is passionate about leveraging systems thinking to build sustainable social solutions, creating true social impact in our communities. Previously ... Read More »

Max is a 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.

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 »

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) is dedicated to building impactful communities & products.

Suzy is the Founder of GiveBackHack, an organization that helps bridge the gap between tech & social impact communities through the integration of Lean Startup/Design Thinking. GiveBackHack comes to life via a volunteer-based team of 50+ and has helped vet ... Read More »

Grant loves applying his skills to create a positive impact in the Columbus community. He is inspired by the ideas brought forth at GiveBackHack, and hopes he can help bring them to fruition!  In his spare time, he enjoys music, watches sports (especially Ohio State football), goes bike riding, and plays soccer.


Pre-submitted Ideas

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