Game Jam Give Back Hack

By Lacey Picazo

ZoCo is proud to announce that it has partnered with three amazing organizations—Civic Hacks, Lumos Columbus, and packH2O—for the upcoming event, Game Jam. All three organizations, located right here in Columbus, are passionate about driving local innovation while simultaneously working towards a greater good in the world!

Civic Hacks was founded by our friend, David All, in response to Barack Obama’s 2013 call on Americans to celebrate June 1–2 as the National Day of Civic Hacking. Transforming an abandoned building in San Francisco into a thriving culture of civic innovation, Civic Hacks successfully organized a movement now spread over 28 countries! The organization has recently relocated to Columbus with belief that the area is an ideal “Test City” for experimenting and refining products before sending them elsewhere around the world.

Lumos Columbus—founded by another Zo-Collaborator, Nick Davis—is both a tech art gallery and a startup incubator. Located amongst the eclectic shops of the Short North, the gallery keeps its doors open daily for visitors to explore the works of world-renowned artists in the front half of the gallery while some of the area’s top programmers work together in the back.

Lumos will be the host of the upcoming Game Jam to support packH20, a nonprofit geared towards social innovation. With the guidance of the Director of Marketing & Strategy, Kelsey Langdale, packH2O will use the Game Jam to bring video game developers around the community together to build water themed games for one whole weekend. The end goal will be to help raise awareness about the water crisis around the world and ultimately improve water accessibility to areas in need! The apps developed during the Jam will be sold in app stores, with all proceeds being donated to packH2O.

ZoCo was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to design the marketing collateral for the event, circulating through Columbus this month. The whole process has been wonderful to be a part of—from the people involved, to the cause being served, it’s a great reminder of how much of a privilege it is to be a part of the Columbus community.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the three organizations discussed in this blog, or learn more about the upcoming Game Jam, you can visit their websites:,, and!



Lacey Picazo