Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge Coming to Chicago

Nonprofits and volunteer web pros (nerds) registering for 24-hour event Aug. 20-21. Charitable nerds have already donated $1.5 million in web services to 57 nonprofits.

Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge Coming to Chicago

Who: The Nerdery seeks like-minded web professionals to join in giving their time and talent to help nonprofits create websites they couldn't otherwise afford at The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge (

Who Else: Eligible nonprofits (501c3-registered organizations in Illinois) can apply by June 30 by articulating how nerds could help them do what they do - only better - online.

Why: Considering the collective good nonprofits do, losing sleep to help them is a wise investment - they pay it forward many times over by better serving our communities.

When: August 20-21, 2011; 9 a.m. Saturday - 9 a.m. Sunday

Where: Resolution Digital Studios (RDS), 2226 West Walnut Street, Chicago

How: Volunteer teams self-organize with at least eight and as many as 10 people - team captains recruit peers covering these skill sets: front-end development, back-end development, project management, strategy, UX, graphic design, copywriting and QA. Nonprofits apply by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their mission through better use of interactive technology. Fans of nonprofits post online testimonials on why the organization they support - or benefit from - should get a new website for the price of a good night's sleep.

When else: July 15 - Nonprofit and volunteer registration deadline; July 18 - Teams set; July 25 - Announce chosen nonprofits.

Who's The Nerdery?: The Nerdery ( has offices in Chicago and Minneapolis where about 200 self-proclaimed nerds/web professionals partner with creative minds and big thinkers to envision and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile apps and social media. During the first four years of the Twin Cities' annual Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, volunteers have freely given more than $1.5 million in professional web development services to 57 nonprofits. Ranked #1 on Biz Journal's 2010 Best Places to Work list, The Nerdery considers this a good start as they bring their nerdy deeds to Chicago.

Who Else: Sponsors include: Chipotle, Groupon, Peace Coffee, RDS. The Nerdery welcomes likeminded companies as event sponsors and in-kind supporters; to help feed and caffeinate this nonprofit nerdathon, email or call 877-OMG-NERD.


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