Nonprofits and volunteer teams – 18 of each – chosen for March 9-10 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

Nonprofits and volunteer teams – 18 of each – chosen for March 9-10 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

Published 02.18.13
Minneapolis, February 18, 2013 – Eighteen nonprofits and web development teams were selected today to spend daylight saving weekend losing their hour of sleep among 24 hours of pro-bono service at The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

During the spring-forward weekend of March 9-10, these nonprofits’ websites will undergo extreme makeovers:
  • Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA)
  • Anxiety In Teens
  • Community Mediation Services, Inc.
  • East Side Learning Center
  • Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG)
  • HOPE Adoption & Family Services International, Inc.
  • Hospice of the Twin Cities
  • Minnesota Boychoir
  • Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride
  • Nokomis Healthy Seniors
  • Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
  • PRG, Inc.
  • River Valley Riders
  • Twin Cities Pet Rescue
  • Urban Boatbuilders
  • Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN
  • West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
  • The Works
And while the outside world deals with losing a mere hour of sleep, it’ll be pro-bono business as usual for these teams of volunteer web pros:
  • Department of Sleepless Creation
  • ';DROP TABLE `other_teams`;
  • Django Unbound
  • Drop Shadows Not Bombs
  • Drupal Rocks
  • FullCourtPress
  • Furious George
  • Go ahead, caller
  • HaystackNeedleHaystack
  • Hot Off the ’Press
  • NBRC
  • One Dollar, Bob
  • Periwinkle Pocket Protective Collective
  • Ruby.MN
  • Spyder Sense
  • Team Hash Rocket
  • Team Pegacorn
  • The Hooded Do Gooders
Pre-Web Challenge needy-meets-nerdy mixer:
Hosted by Benchmark Learning, the bulk of this mixer is a speed-dating exercise as volunteers make the rounds to visit reps from each nonprofit. While teams won’t know which nonprofit they’ll work with until moments before the 24-hour countdown begins March 9, event organizers from The Nerdery ask volunteers to use the pre-Challenge mixer to get familiar with what nonprofits hope to accomplish though this rare opportunity. And while no team can choose which nonprofit its volunteers will serve, The Nerdery takes volunteer feedback on team skill-sets and nonprofit needs of into account in matchmaking.

Of the 99 nonprofits that applied, 79 were eligible. Their applications were assessed by an independent panel of judges representing the interactive and nonprofit worlds:
  • Judy Alnes, Executive Director, MAP for Nonprofits
  • Nina Gazel, Nonprofit Outreach & Partnership Coordinator, GiveMN.org
  • Adam Meyer, Creative Director, Interval
  • Joe Song, Technical Director, Periscope
New this year: Instead of judges picking a winning website at the conclusion of a challenging 24-hour sprint, better-rested participants will reconvene a few weeks after Web Challenge weekend to present their fully-realized accomplishments at The Nerdery on April 2.

The Nerdery Foundation:
The Nerdery established The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to advance philanthropic initiatives like The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, at which developers from The Nerdery and throughout the Chicago and Minneapolis interactive communities have donated about $3 million in professional services to 96 Illinois-and-Minnesota-based nonprofits.

The Nerdery Foundation thanks these sponsors for the Twin Cities Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge: Arthouse; Benchmark Learning; ipHouse; BlogConsulting.com; VALERE; Peace Coffee; Red Bull.

Including two Web Challenges in Chicago, this will be The Nerdery’s eighth overnight event benefiting nonprofits in communities where Nerds live and work.

About The Nerdery
The Nerdery is a developer driven interactive production company that partners with creative minds and big thinkers to engineer and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile and social media. With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City and voted by its staff onto multiple top workplace lists, The Nerdery is the professional home of about 440 Nerds. Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery has made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first five years of eligibility. The Nerdery was honored in 2010 with The Quality of Life Award and The Jefferson Award for its record of corporate philanthropy through The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

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