Volunteers Recognized for Work on Chicago Nonprofit Websites at Web Challenge Awards

Volunteers Recognized for Work on Chicago Nonprofit Websites at Web Challenge Awards

The Nerdery and The Nerdery Foundation awarded the pro bono work of volunteers serving nonprofits at the 2017 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge in Chicago. After the 24-hour nerdathon for nonprofits at the Web Challenge on the weekend of March 18-19, the volunteer web pros got some well-deserved rest as the judges assessed their work and the general public voted for the teams they thought made the biggest difference for their designated nonprofits.

Last night at The Nerdery’s Chicago location, the teams and nonprofits showed each other their finished work at Web Challenge Awards Night, and Ginger Bucklin of The Nerdery Foundation handed out several awards. Before and after screenshots of each nonprofit’s website and summaries of the pro bono work written by team captains and nonprofit leaders can be seen here.

In addition to People’s Choice voted on by the public, top teams were recognized by a panel of judges for Best Design, Greatest Functionality and Biggest Impact. The top prize remains bragging rights, and the gratification of nerdy deeds done in the name of community service.

Best Design: (tie) Nuthin but Net and The Take Uppers
Greatest Functionality: Sprout Social
Biggest Impact: Revenge of the Nerds
People’s Choice: BOTS

For all that the 14 selected Chicago nonprofits do in the community – and for putting their faith and websites in the hands of relative strangers – The Nerdery Foundation thanks all of these nonprofit organizations and their respective teams of volunteer software professionals:

  • Accidental Shakespeare Theatre Company, served by Team O2B from DBC

  • Chicago Baseball Cancer Charity, served by Team Jellyrollers

  • Chicago D(ART), served by Team Heap O’ Nerds

  • Heartland Animal Shelter, served by Team Revenge of the Nerds

  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, served by Team Coding Temple

  • I.C. Stars (Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation), served by Team Nuthin but Net

  • Life Quilt Foundation, served by Team Shamrock

  • Lincoln Park Community Shelter, served by Team BOTS

  • One Stock One Future, served by Team Pariveda

  • Realtors To The Rescue, served by Team Flair

  • South Side Fire FC, served by Team JSONs and the Argonauts

  • The Gray Matter Experience, served by Team Sprout Social

  • Total Resource CDO, served by Team Chicago Webfriends IRL

  • Up World Inc., served by Team The Take Uppers

And finally, a special thanks to our esteemed judges for the Chicago Web Challenge:

  • Ali Karbassi, CEO of CoderDojoChi

  • Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Director of Digital Media at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

  • Julianne Ribarits, Creative Director at Gogo

  • Jennifer Nelson, Talent Solutions Manager at Swoon Group

Still to come this spring is the Overnight Website Challenge event in Minneapolis – more info at http://www.overnightwebsitechallenge.com.

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 1200 volunteer web pros have donated nearly $7 million in pro bono services to 197 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 push boundaries to create digital products and services that better people’s lives and drive business outcomes. Headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in Chicago, Kansas City and Phoenix, The Nerdery’s core services are digital transformation consulting, mobile applications, web applications, websites and systems integration. Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies for the past nine consecutive years. The Nerdery was built on the belief that passionate Nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs.

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