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Sep. 18, 2018 10:26 am

Make an impact at Give Back Hack’s Baltimore edition this fall

The hackathon combining tech and social enterprise will be held October 26-28. Here's a look at how the event got started in Ohio, and the plan for the weekend.
Give Back Hack began in Columbus, Ohio, where this photo was taken in February 2018.

Give Back Hack began in Columbus, Ohio, where this photo was taken in February 2018.

(Photo via Facebook)

Updated at 8:15 a.m., 9/19/18.

Give Back Hack is a weekend hackathon that brings together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to this city’s most pressing social issues. It’s coming to Baltimore this fall, with the event scheduled for October 26-28 at Allovue’s offices inside R. House.

Give Back Hack aims to serve as a launchpad for social innovation. It brings together designers, developers, business people, nonprofit leaders, and engaged citizens to build sustainable, technology-based social enterprises. Teams continue to grow after the weekend with the support of the community behind them.

Social enterprises will begin to take shape Friday evening when community members pitch their ideas to solve the biggest social issues facing Baltimore. The attendees will spend the next two days making progress on the top pitches from the first evening.

With attendees forming teams, a lineup of community, startup and social innovation leaders in the community will help shape their work throughout the weekend. Mentors include Arena leaders Michael Rosenbaum and Myra Norton, and Case Foundation VP of Interactive Strategies John Jones.

The weekend culminates in a Sunday night pitch event that will include a panel of community judges, including B-360 Founder Brittany Young and Fearless Fearless DevOps Engineer Eric Sabelhaus. The winning teams will receive funding, mentorship, and further resources to continue to build their social enterprise.

The event began in Columbus, Ohio, in 2015. Founder Suzy Bureau began the idea that we can solve larger social issues in the same format as hackathons and has continued with growing funding and attendance each year.

Give Back Hack has launched social enterprises like the social entreprise crowdfunding platform Billion, food truck Abe’s Kitchen and software startup DACA Time, to name a few.

Interested attendees, with or without an idea in hand, can register at the link below.

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