George Hacks Receives New Office Space at MakeOffices

Last night, George Hacks team members attended the GW Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (I+E Lab) Partnership Kickoff and Open House at MakeOffices at their new location in the 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue Building.

The kickoff launched the GW IE Lab partnership with Makeoffices that will serve as an on-campus resource to GW students and faculty. The event was a chance to showcase the new space and to allow students, faculty and other attendees to network over some light refreshments.

The coworking space is open to students and staff to come with their ideas and have access to one-to-one advising, office hours with industry experts, workshops, and events. Additionally, the MakeOffices location is equipped with a full kitchen, various working spaces, a full kitchen and even free coffee!

The GW IE Lab also has office co-working spaces that are open to student organizations who can work on their ideas and projects. George Hacks has been provided with two desks in the office where we work to plan our events and interact with team members. We also hold our weekly e-board meetings in the MakeOffices conference rooms. 

We are thankful to the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the opportunity to have space in the office and look forward to collaborating and innovating with other students, faculty and organizations on campus through the coworking space.

George Hacks Officially Acquired Non-Profit Status!

Before George Hacks was established at the GW campus in 2018, George Washington University lacked a space for students of all disciplines to come together for a greater purpose: healthcare innovation. In response to this demand, we envisioned George Hacks as a one-time medical hackathon. Our first event generated overwhelmingly positive energy surrounding our generation’s effort and capability in addressing pressing healthcare issues. We had given students a hands-on opportunity to envision their future role in the betterment of social health, and in some cases, turn their ideas into a new venture. 

From there, we couldn’t help but think bigger. So, in order to create a sustainable platform for social impact innovation in D.C. and in surrounding areas, George Hacks has acquired non-profit status. Please read below about the four George Hacks Incorporators. The support and enthusiasm of our diverse community of faculty, staff, industry professionals, mentors, and students have been the driving force behind our growth. With each step we take to broaden our impact, we strive to better serve the George Hacks community and those outside of it whose lives can be changed through students’ problem-solving, teamwork, and forward-thinking mindset. 

George Hacks has transformed from an event into a community, changing education through innovation. Despite our non-profit status, much else will remain unchanged at the student level. We will still be hosting our Annual Medical Solutions Hackathon on January 25th-26th of 2020, in addition to a few other exciting events this year. Please stay tuned on our website and social media for more updates!

Caitlyn Pratt (SEAS ‘21) has been the face of George Hacks’ growth since she joined the team in 2018 as a sophomore. She will continue in her role as Director and will oversee the coordination of events and engage our growing network. 
Brianna Cathey (SEAS ‘19) served as Technical Director of George Hacks beginning with the inaugural hackathon. She has curated the innovation challenges presented to students and provided participants with prototyping resources and assistance.
Konstantin Mitic (SEAS ‘18) first planted the George Hacks seed after he left his first hackathon wanting to create a network for students to continue with the innovative process even after a hackathon ended. He is everywhere all at once with his undying enthusiasm and positive engagement with the George Hacks community.
Michael Ready (CCAS ‘19), our resident non-engineer, is the brains behind the initial development of a hackathon with social impact. His strategy in putting together our first event has allowed us to leverage George Hacks into a sustainable community around social innovation.