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Pitch It Forward Presents:
A Social Innovation hackathon!

Post Event REcap

Our team crafted an event recap, showcasing the highlights of the day and emphasizing the key takeaways for a comprehensive overview of the Social Innovation Hackathon.

Calling All Visionaries, Innovators, & Community Advocates!

Join us if you’re passionate about social change, deeply care about homelessness, or have innovative solutions to share at our inaugural Homelessness Solutions Hackathon on February 3, 2024, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Hosted at the University of Arizona: FORGE.

🏡 About the Event: Our hackathon is a call to action, a dynamic gathering of minds dedicated to crafting actionable strategies to combat homelessness in our city. Through a blend of engaging discussions, interactive activities, and expert-led sessions, we aim to explore innovative approaches and foster a community-driven effort towards sustainable solutions.

We welcome everyone with a passion for making a difference—activists, thinkers, planners, students, professionals, and anyone in between. Whether you’re an enthusiast of social hackathons, deeply concerned about homelessness, a professional or entrepreneur eager to share innovative solutions, a newcomer to social innovation looking to learn effective problem-solving and pitching, or simply excited to collaborate with like-minded individuals committed to social change—your unique perspective is invaluable in our shared mission to end homelessness. 

A social innovation hackathon is more than an event; it’s a gathering of diverse minds, combining the principles of a hackathon with the overarching goal of creating positive social impact. Join us in this collective effort to address and find solutions to the challenges of homelessness, as we believe that together, we can make a meaningful impact. CIC is proud to be a convener for all of these groups. 

Here's What You Can Expect:

  1. Kickoff with a Bang: Energize your day with breakfast snacks and refreshments to fuel your creativity.
  2. Collaborative Teams: Form powerful alliances with community members, leaders, and advocates in a think-tank format.
  3. Guidance from Experts: Gain insights from a panel of local experts who are actively innovating in the homelessness space.
  4. Idea Generation: Dive deep into discussions facilitated by experts and let the ideas flow freely.
  5. Presentation & Feedback: Pitch your team’s solutions and receive immediate feedback from a supportive community.
  6. Post-Hackathon Hang: Keep the momentum going! Reserve a spot at The Monica down the street to continue conversations and connections with fellow change-makers.


  • No Politics, Please: This event is about innovation and collaboration, not pushing any political agendas.
  • Respect Everyone: We’re a diverse group, treat everyone with respect, regardless of their background or beliefs.
  • Think Outside the Box: Encourage wild ideas and brainstorming. Let’s be open to new perspectives and explore creative solutions.
  • Stay on Topic: If we have pitches or presentations, stick to the problem-solving part. Let’s showcase our solutions without diving into political debates.
  • Teamwork Rules: Hackathons are more fun when we work together. Support your fellow participants, and let’s build cool stuff as a team.

9:00am-9:30am: Doors Open, Networking, Preview Materials

9:30am- 9:45am: Kick-off: Welcome, Introductions

9:45am- 10:15am: Expert Panel and Q&A

10:15am- 10:35am: Ice Break and Team Selection

10:35am- 10:45am: Break/ Team Connect

10:45am- 11:15am: Problem Brainstorm Session

11:15am- 11:45am: Problem Section & Framing

11:45am-12:00pm: Solution Brainstorming #1

12:00pm-12:30pm: LUNCH

12:30pm-1:00pm: Solution Brainstorm Session 2

1:00pm-1:15pm: Solution Selection

1:15pm-1:30pm: Solution Refinement

1:30pm-1:45pm: “Break/ Team Connect

1:45pm-2:15pm: Presentation Development

2:15pm-2:45pm: Presentation and Awards

2:45pm-3:00pm: Close and Next Steps

3:30pm- 4:30pm: Post Hackathon Hangs at The Monica

Pre-Hackathon Office Hours
Have questions about the Hackathon? Want to talk through any preliminary innovative solutions you may have to address homelessness? Drop in to our Pre-Hackathon Office Hours and chat with us! We'll hold space on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. ZOOM LINK HERE
On February 3, 2024 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Startup Tucson hosted @ FORGE at Roy Place, we'll come together, learn, and share insights about innovative solutions to tackle homelessness! The session will be led by, Mike Miles and will go through the Tools and Frameworks for Social Entrepreneurs.
Forward Thinking
Once the hackathon sparks your entrepreneurial spirit, you might be eager to transform your solution into a meaningful business. That's where Startup Tucson steps in, offering follow-up workshops and a squad of seasoned mentors. These workshops are tailored to give you the know-how of running a business, while the mentors are on hand to steer you through the growth process.
January 24, 2024
February 3, 2024
Summer 2024

Tools And Frameworks For Social Entrepreneurs

Pre-read Event materials

Our team as put together to help gear you up for success at the Hackathon, specifically shedding light on homelessness in our community. The resources provide community-specific data and statistics, offering an understanding of the issue’s scope and nature.

Powered By Partnership

Recognizing Tucson’s unique positioning, Community Investment Corporation (CIC), in collaboration with Startup Tucson, Tucson Young Professionals (TYP) Advocacy Group and with support from Michael Miles, a seasoned tech executive turned social impact leader, is organizing a series of events to bring together the brightest minds and foster collaboration and creative problem-solving to find sustainable solutions to homelessness.

Startup Tucson was founded in 2012 on the heels of one of the first Startup Weekends in Tucson. Since that time, the innovation community has grown tremendously with more funding, support organizations, accelerators, and incubators popping up every year.

Startup Tucson has continued to serve as an advocate, educator, and connector for entrepreneurs. We serve over 3,000 entrepreneurs each year with over 300 active members in our network membership.  Our alumni have brought over 44 million dollars of investment and over 400 new jobs in the short years since our founding.

Michael Miles

With 20 years at Microsoft focusing on product development, strategic leadership, and operational excellence, Michael is a seasoned tech executive turned social impact leader. Upon retirement, he pivoted to academia as a Mentor-in-Residence and Lecturer at the University of Arizona, focusing on entrepreneurship and social impact at both undergraduate and graduate levels and leading impact-focused workshops in US and Europe. Simultaneously, Michael serves on the executive board of a Global Health nonprofit and a Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator and as an advisor to numerous mission-driven organizations,  applying his corporate skills to make a tangible difference in these organizations. As an early-stage investor and regular speaker at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, he provides invaluable insights on social impact, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance. His leadership is a unique blend of technical skills, corporate acumen, dedication to equity, and a profound commitment to social impact.

TYP’s mission is to build community connections, foster personal and professional growth, and advocate for new ideas, perspectives, and policies that shape the future of our region. We make Tucson a better place for young professionals to live, work, and play through professional events, mid-career development, and advocacy initiatives. Our members are aged 21 to 45, ranging from prominent community leaders working to elevate Tucson to mid-level risers and transplants trying to find their place within the community to fresh faces preparing for the road ahead. What unites all of us is a belief in the power of collaboration and the ambition to both grow and lead.

The Advocacy team connects TYP members and other various young professional focused organizations in the region together to have a more influential and unified voice. The team will work to identify and inform our community about both issues standing in our way and opportunities that we should pursue to achieve our vision of a strong, innovative, and inclusive Tucson economy for young professionals.

Feeling motivated and ready to take action?

Check out this lineup of local organizations that are actively contributing to positive change in our community.