Columbus

October 1-7, 2021
Online

Overview

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 will kick off Friday night, where community members of all backgrounds who are eager to make an impact on the city around them will meet and exchange ideas. The crowd favorites will be identified and teams will form around them. Participants will then spend the weekend mentored by top social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, and prominent business professionals as they vet their ideas and build them into real products – physical products, smartphone applications, websites, and anything else that will innovate on the issues we face in Columbus.

Who attends? Engaged citizens, designers, developers, non-profit leaders, start-up hustlers, entrepreneurs, changemakers, and more.

What do I need? A passion to make an impact on the community. Nothing else. You don’t need an idea or a specific background in order to attend. You just need to come ready to work hard to solve problems.

If you do have an idea to make an impact – awesome. You’ll pitch that and get the chance to get talented people to work with you to make it a reality.

Why should I attend? The reasons are endless, but here are just a few:– You’ll make an impact on your community by working to solve to top social issues we face through innovation.– You’ll learn a lot about social issues, how to bring an idea into a well-vetted reality and how to physically build something amazing. You’ll meet an amazing community of motivated people  – people who will work with you and change the world.

Want to attend, but can’t afford a ticket? Email columbus@givebackhack.com to apply for financial aid.


Schedule

Friday - October 1st

6:00pm
Zoom Opens
7:00pm
Pitches Start
9:00pm
Closing Time

Saturday - October 2nd

11:00am
Empathy Workshop
5:00pm
Problem Validation, Mentoring and Community Updates

Sunday - October 3rd

11:00am
Prototyping Workshop
5:00pm
Prototype Validation

Wednesday - October 6th

6:00pm
Pitch Practice with Mentors (sign up for a time slot)

Thursday - October 7th

6:00pm
Final Pitches Due!

Thursday - October 14th

TBD
Final Pitch Event + Funding Announcement

Judges & Mentors

The list of mentors and judges will be added soon!

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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 »

Ann's passion lies in being an ambassador for social entrepreneurship. She supports and promotes social enterprises and startups with a focus on creating an impact within the Columbus area. She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Gahanna Area Arts Council and is also involved in several volunteer projects within her local community. She is a proud wife and mom of 3.

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 »

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 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 »


Pre-submitted Ideas

Submit your Idea 

  • 1. MagPower Literacy Market submitted by John Mennell

    MagPower Literacy MarketSubmitted by John Mennell


    What is the problem are you solving?

    Promoting literacy to alleviate poverty by rescuing, recycling, and reusing millions of magazines that would be landfilled to get reading materials into the hands and homes of at-risk readers with zero books.


    How will this idea solve the problem?

    Illiteracy is a root cause of hunger and poverty. Matching magazine readers who are passionate about reading and sharing magazines around their enthusiasms with kindred at-risk readers can change lives for good, replacing a viscous poverty cycle with a virtuous literacy engine. Developing a functioning marketplace with encourage even more recycling of expired, but precious magazines by consumers, retailers, and publishers.


    Is this idea brand new or has it been partially-vetted?

    Partially-vetted


    How you have vetted your idea and the success or difficulties you have seen thus far?

    We have tested receiving recycled magazines from consumers and taking orders from literacy programs, and making deliveries. Our UX is cumbersome and we have many manual process and data flows that create friction. We have not been able to create a multi-location framework, which is imperative for a grassroots capability, coast to coast, and globally.


    Why are YOU uniquely positioned to solve the problem? What other people do you need to help?

    I am the first to mobilize support and resources to stand up an industry-wide, nationwide literacy capability, with global potential, to test ideas around utilizing magazines for literacy. I have been relentlessly passionate about pursuing the ideas with strong results, and progress never before achieved in this particular market. I have been recognized previously for large-scale public service innovation.