By Chris Tidd
Since 2012, The Nerdery’s Extra Life team, Extra Life Nerds, has raised money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as part of a 24-hour gaming marathon. This year, the tradition continues on November 5, and this time, our Nerds brought a gift for every team participating.
Keeping Track of Donations
During this annual event, it’s easy to lose track of donations coming in, goals being met and current standings among other team members (for a little friendly, internal competition). We wanted to have up-to-the-minute information and celebrate the big wins, so we started brainstorming ideas to increase this visibility.
How could we display a live feed of our progress during the fundraising event? We didn’t see a solution that fit our needs, so we built our own dashboard.
Building a Dashboard for Extra Life Nerds
As we began brainstorming what this dashboard could do, we realized it wasn’t just a backdrop to put up at fundraising events. We could display it around our offices, share it with our sponsors and help Extra Life Nerds team members stay up to date from their own computers.
We built this dashboard responsively, accounting for different use cases — pulling up our team’s dashboard on a smartphone, in a desktop web browser, as well as on a TV or larger format during Extra Life fundraising events. This is a dashboard for the entire Extra Life Nerds team, and we wanted them to be able to access it whenever they wanted – from whatever device they were using.
Sharing with the Community
While designing and developing this dashboard for our own team, we quickly decided it should be available for anyone to use. To do this, we made sure we were promoting Extra Life’s mission in what we built, placing emphasis on Extra Life’s brand and the hard work each team puts into raising money for Extra Life’s cause.
Starting today, any Extra Life team or spectator can click here to set up a dashboard and watch the donations roll in.
We’re excited about this cause and enthusiastic about giving back to the community that supports it.
Support Extra Life Nerds and Children's Miracle Network
Love the dashboard? Want to support our team on November 5th? Consider giving us props by donating to one of our Extra Life Nerds teams:
- Extra Life Nerds Kansas City - Supporting KU Pediatrics
*Jim Butts also contributed to this blog post.
Published on 11.03.16