What: Prior to the March 20-21 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, representatives from the 16 selected nonprofits and teams of volunteer web developers will gather Thursday, Feb 25 to prep for their 24-hour experience. http://www.overnightwebsitechallenge.com/
When: Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m.: 6-7 – Group Q&A and brief advisory remarks from volunteers and nonprofits with previous Challenge experience; 7-8:20 – Speed-dating; needy meets nerdy as volunteers make the rounds to visit reps from each nonprofit for five minutes; 8:20-9 – Social time
Where: Benchmark Learning (event sponsors) 4510 West 77th St. in Edina, MN
Why: Preparation is crucial for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge; it’s a fun event but it’s a significant working commitment for all participants. While web teams won’t know which nonprofit they will work for until moments before the 24-hour countdown begins at 9 a.m. March 20, event organizers want volunteers to use the pre-Challenge mixer to get familiar with what the nonprofits wish to accomplish with their new, free website. And, while no team can choose which nonprofit its 9-10 volunteers will serve pro bono for 24 hours, matchmakers take into account feedback from volunteers on how they think their team’s skill-sets match each nonprofits organizational needs.
In addition to pro bono services from interactive professionals, nonprofits get:
· Complimentary education in design and web applications, business analysis or project management from sponsor Benchmark Learning
· Complimentary web-hosting on sponsor VISI’s ReliaCloud service
· Complimentary digital communications advice from sponsor LaBreche
Additional in-kind sponsors: Arthouse; Bruegger’s; Buffalo Wild Wings; Chipotle; GitHub; Jimmy Johns; Kowalski’s; Peace Coffee; Pizza Luce’; Red Bull.
About Nerdery Interactive Labs (The Nerdery)
A division of Sierra Bravo, The Nerdery (www.nerdery.com) partners with ad and marketing agencies nationwide to execute their clients’ interactive projects, including social media and mobile apps. In the first two years of The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, volunteers from The Nerdery and the Twin Cities web development community at-large have donated more than half-a-million dollars worth of professional servicesto 23 nonprofits.