On April 27th, 2018, 120 people left their 40+ hour work week, showed up at CCAD MindMarket and committed an entire weekend to take a brand new social impact idea into reality at the sold-out GiveBackHack Columbus 2018.
GiveBackHack is the launchpad for social innovation. Born right here in Columbus and generously hosted by the Columbus College of Art and Design for four years in a row, GiveBackHack connects the tech and social impact communities – two groups that do not come together often enough – to learn from each other for the benefit of both. It blends startup concepts – rapid prototyping, iteration, risk tolerance – with domain expertise in the social impact space to create the building blocks for social innovation. Participants come to the weekend with a brand new or partially-vetted idea for a social enterprise and leave with the first stages of a user-validated product, and business & impact models.
The mission of GiveBackHack was only accomplished through the generous support of our sponsors, including our two sustaining sponsors: IGS and the United Way of Central Ohio. In their support of GiveBackHack, they not only provided funds that allowed GiveBackHack to happen – they also funded entrepreneurs directly to help citizens move their social impact products forward.
In addition to the critical support of our sponsors, GiveBackHack would not happen without our impressive and ambitious Columbus organizing team. The team was led by Derek DeHart, Bailey Fullwiler, and Andy Jett. These key leaders, with the help of the following talented folks, pulled off the best GiveBackHack the world has seen yet! Huge thank you to Derek DeHart, Bailey Fullwiler, Andy Jett, Rachyl Kershaw (who made this lovely infographic, thank you!), Laura Bloch, Eileen Guan, Gabby Torres, Erin Halleran, Alex Deuley, Mike Letscher, Mike Ong, Ann Kneidinger-Flaherty, David Notlemeyer, Brook Kohn and Chase Petrie!
Courtesy of Rachyl Kershaw, Greater Columbus Consulting