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.