Design Challenge Hackathon 21-22 – Veale Entrepreneurs


Students must register directly for this program using the form below. Food and beverages will be provided through the event. Educators and/or guardians are welcome to join students for this event. When completing the registration form, kindly add any additional guests. Educators and/or guardians are also welcome to attend the final pitch presentations on Saturday afternoon.

  • Fee: No Charge
  • Dates: Friday, February 11, 2022, 4:00-9:00pm; Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Location: Cleveland State University

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community? Have you ever had an idea to solve those issues? Attend our Design Challenge Hackathon to partner up with like-minded students and find the resources to turn ideas into reality.

Our two-day Hackathon will allow students to learn a series of skill sets through workshops, mentorship, and curriculum provided and facilitated by GiveBackHack, an organization which brings people together to develop sustainable solutions to pressing social issues. Students will have the opportunity to pitch their own idea or join another team to work with through the event.

Students will work in teams to do user validation, develop a business model and create a prototype. Students will also learn of ways to leverage technology while building out an idea. On the second day of the session, teams will pitch what they built to the community and judges, with cash prizes awarded to winning teams.

Areas of Focus:

Skills addressed include design thinking, public speaking, ideation and creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, effective communication, social impact and prototyping.
Note: Coding and web/software development background is NOT required for this event. Students with coding and web/software development backgrounds may receive additional will get guidance to incorporate those skills while building out the idea.

This event is open to high school students throughout Northeast Ohio.

Students should complete the registration form below to be notified of program updates and to secure early access.

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Headshot - Emily
Emily Stuhldreher is a Design Thinking facilitator and Social Enterprise expert with a passion for social innovation and empowering others. She spends her time building the social impact launchpad at GiveBackHack, coaching social entrepreneurs, and empowering communities through facilitating workshops and events. She is a Program Manager by day and a Social Innovation enthusiast by night. She is passionate about leveraging systems thinking to build sustainable solutions, creating true social impact in our communities. Outside of work she loves to get outside - hiking, climbing, biking, and kayaking whenever she can.
Snehal Sawlani is a startup professional with 6+ years of experience in operations, customer experience, and sales at fast-growing SaaS B2B start-ups in the healthcare and technology industries. She got her start in entrepreneurship as a 2015 Venture for America Fellow. She co-founded the Baltimore chapter of GiveBackHack and has facilitated local and global social innovation hackathons, firmly believing in the power of social innovation in transforming cities and communities. In her free time, she’s probably buried in a book or appreciating the local art scene.
Snehal Sawlani

Event Co-Hosts

Frequently Asked Questions
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  • 1. Can we sign up as more than one student for this event?

    Yes! To register more than one student, direct each member to fill out the registration form for their group/class/school.

  • 2. Is this event for high school students?

    The hackathon is catered to high school students (grades 9-12). If you are interested in sending middle school student teams to the hackathon, please reach out to us at and we can put them on a waitlist.

  • 3. What are the times of the hackathon each day? When is check-in time?

    On Friday, February 11th, 2022, the hackathon runs from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. On Saturday, February 12th, 2022, the hackathon runs from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Participants may arrive up to 30 minutes early to check in each day.

  • 4. Are food and beverages provided for our students/staff?

    Yes, all meals and beverages are complementary in this event along with the registration – which includes snacks and dinner on Friday, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday along with coffee through both days. More information will be sent out regarding this in the Fall. Please email us at if you or someone on your team has food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Design Challenge Hackathon Registration Form
This event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. As a participant in this event, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold GiveBackHack, The Veale Foundation, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. If the organizing team feels you are not acting within the spirit of the event, you may be asked to leave without a refund for the event. By Participating at the event, you grant The Veale Foundation and GiveBackHack permission to capture photo/video of you at the event.
Please Note:

If you have friends or colleagues who are planning on attending this event, please ask them to fill in the same form individually from their end.