Fourteen Chicago Nonprofits and Teams Selected for 2017 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

Fourteen Chicago Nonprofits and Teams Selected for 2017 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago, March 1, 2017 — The Nerdery and The Nerdery Foundation today announced nonprofit and team selections for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge. During the 24-hour hackathon taking place March 18-19, 14 volunteer web pro teams will donate their time to design and develop new websites or mobile apps for their 14 nonprofit partners.

The signature community service event from The Nerdery and The Nerdery Foundation will take place at The Nerdery’s Chicago office beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18 and ending 9 a.m. Sunday, March 19. Nonprofits applied for this pro-bono opportunity by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their organization’s mission through better use of interactive technology, and rallying their constituents and fans to post online testimonials supporting their nomination. Development teams self-organized with 6-12 volunteers covering skill sets required to build a website, including front-end development, back-end development, project management, digital/content strategy, user experience design, graphic design and quality assurance engineering.

The following nonprofits were chosen for the opportunity to lead a team of software engineers and designers to further their organization’s mission through technology:

Nonprofits will be paired with the following web pro teams during a pre-event mixer on March 8, also at The Nerdery.

Teams and nonprofits will reconvene April 5 to share their nerdy deeds and demo their work at Web Challenge Awards night. Top teams are recognized for Design/UX, Functionality, and Impact. The People’s Choice award is crowd-sourced via public voting, based on before/after screenshots, links to new websites and testimonials from nonprofit reps and web pros. Top prize remains bragging rights, and the gratification of nerdy deeds done in the name of community service.

“The Challenge is a community-driven event, by the community and for the community,” said Ginger Bucklin, Executive Director of The Nerdery Foundation, whose mission is to activate the passion and skills of technologists to better our world. “We’re excited to build capacity in the nonprofit community in Chicago.”

About The Nerdery Foundation
The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, works to activate technologists to use their talents and skills to better our world. Through its flagship event, The Overnight Website Challenge, over 1000 volunteer web pros have donated about $6 million in pro bono services to 175 nonprofits. Like-minded companies/foundations interested in sponsorship opportunities or donations should contact us.

About The Nerdery

The Nerdery is a hivemind of software engineers, strategists, human-centered designers and problem solvers who create digital products, services and experiences that better people’s lives and drive business outcomes.  Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery was built on the belief that passionate Nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs. Headquartered in the Twin Cities with offices in Chicago, Kansas City and Phoenix, The Nerdery is professional home of about 500 software engineers, user experience designers, quality assurance engineers and other Nerds whose purpose is to redefine what’s possible through technology. The Nerdery’s core services are mobile applications, web applications, websites, systems integration and digital consulting. The Nerdery’s vision is to be the best place in the world for Nerds to work. The Nerdery has a strong tradition of giving back. Through The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, volunteers have donated over $6 million in pro bono software-development services to 175 nonprofits in communities where Nerds work and live. The Nerdery won a BOLD Award from the Association for Corporate Growth for fostering a culture of distributed leadership, articulated by the late Luke Bucklin, Nerdery President and co-founder: “Put your business card on the desk in front of you...This card does not define you. You are a Co-President. You are bigger than your defined role...Play your part – transcend your job title, be a hero.” Watch Nerdery co-founder Mike Derheim’s TEDx Talk, titled “What if everyone at your company was a Co-President?” The Nerdery has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies each year since becoming eligible and appeared on multiple top workplace lists. The Nerdery’s core values are rooted in reflective analysis of how Nerds have made decisions in the past, and in how the company intends to keep moving forward in order to form a more perfect Nerdery: Be humble; Constantly push boundaries; Integrity in all circumstances; Solve problems pragmatically; Win by empowering people.

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