October 13-15, 2017


Events / Philadelphia 2017



Friday - Oct 13

Doors Open & Networking
Program Begins
Pitches Begin
Venue Closes

Saturday - Oct 14

Venue Opens & Breakfast
Community Huddle & Morning Mentors Arrive
Afternoon Mentors Arrive
Community Huddle
Insomnia Cookie Break
Venue Closes

Sunday - Oct 15

Venue Opens & Breakfast
Mentors Arrive
Pitch Practice & Tech Check Begin
Community Arrives for Final Pitches
Final Pitches


Yasmine Mustafa

Founder, CEO, ROAR for Good

Yasmine is fueled by a passion to leverage technology for good. She's the CEO of ROAR for Good, a B-corp aimed at helping protect women using smart jewelry and education. She's also the founder of Girl Develop It Philadelphia, a non-profit aimed at lessening the gender gap in technology.  In addition, she sits on the board of Coded by Kids, a non-profit that helps inner city youth learn how to code. Yasmine ... Read More »

Mason Wartman

Owner, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Leaving his job on Wall Street, Mason Wartman returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to open Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. The restaurant serves 1$ slices of pizza while giving customers the option to pay extra to buy slices for the homeless. After gaining national attention on The Ellen Show, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza has now given away over 70,000 slices of pizza.

Robert Cheetham

Founder and CEO, Azavea

Robert is the Founder and CEO of Azavea, an award-winning software development, analysis, and visualization firm that applies geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact.

Lauren Fine

Co-founder, Co-Director Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

Lauren Fine, Esq., is the co-founder and Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP). Before YSRP, Lauren was a Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at Juvenile Law Center, a federal law clerk, and a research assistant/project manager at the Brookings Institution. At Juvenile Law Center, among other projects, Lauren co-authored Amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme ... Read More »

Garrett Melby

Co-founder and Executive Director of GoodCompany Ventures

Garrett Melby is co-founder and Executive Director of GoodCompany Ventures, a nonprofit accelerator for social entrepreneurs that has mobilized over $40mm in private capital to scale their impact. Garrett is also the founder of Iolite Impact Capital, the developer of MAPS (Mission Aligned Portfolio Strips), a patented structure that improves returns and reduces risk for impact investors while also generating ... Read More »


Anthony Gold

Co-Founder & COO, ROAR for Good

Anthony Gold is a social entrepreneur, advisor, and board member for several companies in the Philadelphia region - both for-profit and non-profit. He began his career designing supercomputers for Unisys, then created a software and services startup that helped propel open source software into the mainstream. He has eight patents around enterprise hardware and software design, and his ES7000 enterprise ... Read More »

Morgan Berman

CEO and Founder, MilkCrate

Morgan is the CEO and founder of MilkCrate, a platform that enables people — employees of corporations, members of nonprofits, students and staff at schools — the chance to make collective social impact by incentivizing and tracking behavior on the individual level. A multidisciplinary designer, Morgan received her Masters of Science in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University, where she focused ... Read More »

Esuga Abaya

Corporate and Securities Lawyer at DLA Piper

Esuga Abaya is a corporate attorney at the Philadelphia office of DLA Piper LLP (a global law firm with offices in 40 countries). He has experience representing a range of clients, including start-ups, private companies, public companies and private equity firms, in various corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, commercial contract drafting, equity financings ... Read More »

Mike Maney

Storyteller, co-founder, Corporate Rebels United

Mike Maney is an award winning communications executive and professional photographer. He helps companies align their sales, marketing, PR and product market and tie it all into the bigger picture of what’s happening around their industry and beyond. He’s led global communications programs for high profile, culture shifting Fortune 500 business divisions and helped startups find the Hollywood blockbusters ... Read More »

Yuval Yarden

Executive Director at Philly Startup Leaders

Yuval Yarden, 25, is the Executive Director at Philly Startup Leaders, a local nonprofit that works to develop the technology and startup community in Philadelphia. After graduating from Temple University in 2013, Yuval worked in Management Consulting before she caught the startup bug. Since then, she's worked at four startups and consulted for countless others. Yuval is passionate about helping founders ... Read More »

Amanda Levinson

Co-Founder and COO at NeedsList, a marketplace for humanitarian aid

Amanda is a creative entrepreneur with 20 years of experience leading social change projects in the civil society and tech sectors. She has led digital marketing and content strategy for a diverse array of clients including Ello, the US Fund for UNICEF, +Acumen, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and others. Prior to founding ThirdSpace, Amanda was Director of Policy Programs ... Read More »

John Cardone

Founder and Principal of MetaMeta

John is the Founder and Principal of MetaMeta, a human centered design consultancy in Philadelphia. He helps organizations redesign their teams, processes, and businesses, ensuring that systems serve people, and not the other way around. A former social impact artist, John is particularly interested in how we can use technology and design thinking to solve society's most challenging problems. He's passionate ... Read More »

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions

Tracey Welson-Rossman is a Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions, a leading Philadelphia area enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm, and the Founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology. Prior to joining Chariot Solutions, she spent three years as the Director of Marketing at ... Read More »

Marion Leary

Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the
University of Pennsylvania, Course Director for the Research/Inquiry-based Service Residency and
the Innovation Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and an Instructor in
the Penn Master of Public Health program. Ms. Leary has focused her research and ... Read More »

Event Sponsors


Dillon Myers is a social entrepreneur and has a passion for helping ideas grow from their earliest stages. He's excited to launch GiveBackHack in Philadelphia, and consequently, another class of ideas to make a real impact.

In addition to his work with GiveBackHack, he's a Cofounder and CEO of Potluck, a social, video chat-based platform that connects people around shared interests. He's ... Read More »

Sophie Kaye is a Venture for America alum and 2015 Yale grad, now running operations and communications for an early-stage venture capital firm in Philly. Despite being a native New Yorker, she immediately fell in love with Philly's eclectic food scene, vibrant startup ecosystem, and friendly vibes. Having founded a disabilities awareness non-profit in high school, Sophie jumped at the opportunity to ... Read More »

Priya is a Venture for America Fellow and graduate of Barnard College, where she studied Sociology and learned how to write emails to get people to do stuff. She has experience working in the nonprofit and legal worlds, but feels much more at home in entrepreneurial environments. Venture for America led her to Philadelphia where she works in Customer Success at Guru, a growing tech startup nestled in ... Read More »

June is a 2016 Venture for America fellow and recent Duke graduate now calling Philly home. She's worked at early-stage startups and healthcare non-profits which gives her a passion for social entrepreneurship. She's excited to bring GiveBackHack to the City of Brotherly Love for it's first year and see the impactful ideas that come out of the event.  In her free time, June enjoys drinking caffeinated ... Read More »

Sarah is 2016 Venture for America Fellow. She is passionate about constituent engagement, digital marketing, and strategic communications. Sarah currently works at Seer Interactive in Philadelphia as an SEO Associate. She is originally from Birmingham, AL and recently graduated from Duke University, where she studied Public Policy. In her free time, Sarah takes classes to beef up her UX design skills, ... Read More »

Marcel is a new Philadelphia resident who's excited about finding ways to solve problems with the use of technology. He is a full-stack software developer at CoverMyMeds, one of the fastest growing healthcare IT companies in the United States. Prior to CoverMyMeds, he was an instrumentation and controls engineer at American Electric Power, an electric utility company in Columbus. He is passionate about ... Read More »

Patrick Han is the cofounder of Humanlytics, an AI-based marketing analytics platform that automates actionable recommendations for small and medium-sized businesses. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2016, Patrick moved to Philadelphia to join Venture for America, an entrepreneurial apprenticeship program in which fellows work for a startup for 2 years to learn how to grow a business. Today, ... Read More »


Free Flow
We are figuring out how might we make menstrual care products more accessible in shared spaces.
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Fashion Forward
Making ethically & sustainably made clothing more accessible
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Invest in You
Documentary to highlight the need for financial literacy education (utilizing celebratory support)
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Gateway (SAT Easily)
SAT Curriculum for all schools and accessible online
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Green Light Learning
Subtle way for students to let a teacher know they didn't under stand a concept
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Strike a Chord
Maker's space for instruments to make music more accessible
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Girls Supply
Girl Supply is aimed toward girls ages 8-13 who are making the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Our mission is to empower young girls and eliminate the taboo around bodily changes by changing the shopping experience for new bras.
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Lift (Streets of Philadelphia Combo)
Way to donate to a homeless person through online resources to ensure productive use of funds
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Critical Communication in a Crisis -- inspired by the recent natural disaster in Puerto Rico.
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