OHI/O Gives Back: GiveBackHack Columbus 2016

This past February, OHI/O sponsored GiveBackHack, a weekend-long event that brings together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to some of our most pressing social issues. At GiveBackHack Columbus 2016, the event started on the night of February 19th, where community members met and exchanged ideas. Crowd favorites were identified and teams were formed around them. Teams then spent the weekend implementing their ideas into real products, while surrounded by entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, venture capitalists, and business leaders. OHI/O was able to sponsor students from Ohio State to work with this diverse group of professionals and community leaders.

Kamari Wright, a B.S. Computer Science and Engineering student at Ohio State, reflected upon his experience:

“GiveBackHack was a great opportunity for me to use my technical skill for social innovation. I loved being able to collaborate with other designers, developers, and creatives to generate ideas to positively impact our community.”

Kamari was on a team composed of four Ohio State Students who worked on developing an Android App, CommuniKey, to help people learn new languages and cultures. Their final pitch in front of the judges was led by a 14 year old high school freshman — pretty incredible huh?

The event concluded with final pitches on Sunday evening from current teams and updates from previous GiveBackHack winners. Some of the GiveBackHack 2016 winners include omniBUS (a mobile app that eliminates transportation uncertainty), Round It (a service that allows you to round up credit card transactions to support causes you care about), and Volundate (The Tinder for people who are passionate about social good). The judges picked these winning teams to determine who would receive seed capital from Columbus businesses to help move forward with their ideas.

OHI/O had an incredible weekend witnessing the intersection between technology and social impact. Every single idea pitched relied on some form of technology to drive innovation and impact. OHI/O hopes that by fostering a tech culture, we can help meet our community’s demand in technical talent and help all change makers turn their idea into reality.

For more information, check out GiveBackHack’s official press release: http://givebackhack.com/event/columbus/

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