TC 2013 Web Challenge ends, winners announced April 2 at The Nerdery

TC 2013 Web Challenge ends, winners announced April 2 at The Nerdery

March 10, 2013, Minneapolis – After more than 4,000 hours of pro bono web development were freely given to 18 Minnesota nonprofits by 180 volunteer web pros (nerds), participants adjourned from the Overnight Website Challenge until an April 2nd awards event at The Nerdery, 6 p.m.

Judges will score teams on these three of categories: Best Design/User Experience; Greatest Functionality; and Biggest Impact. Judges base each team’s scores on four things:

  • An in-person conversation with the team at the event
  • A written statement about the site from the dev team
  • A written statement about the site from the nonprofit
  • Review of either a live site, staging site or page mockups provided by the team

In addition to Design/UX, Functionality and Impact, teams compete for two more awards: Best in Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice award will be voted on via The Overnight Website Challenge Facebook page. Team scores in Design/UX, Functionality and Impact comprise three-fourths of the Best in Show Award, which also includes one final important element: Launch. Teams who’ve launched* by April 1 will receive full marks in that category. At the awards, there could be five different winners, or it could be a clean sweep.

In the final hours, an independent panel of judges representing the nonprofit and interactive communities began assessing the work of development teams; this same panel of judges also selected the 18 nonprofits:
  • Judy Alnes, Executive Director, MAP for Nonprofits
  • Nina Gazel, Nonprofit Outreach & Partnership Coordinator,
  • Adam Meyer, Creative Director, Interval
  • Joe Song, Technical Director, Periscope

* Sites will be considered launched on April 1 even if full deployment is delayed by things outside a team’s control (e.g., delayed content entry by the nonprofit or delayed sign off from the nonprofit's stakeholders or leadership). If a site has not been deployed for reasons beyond the development teams’ control, a url to a staging site can earn launch points.

On the evening of April 2, six finalists will be revealed and asked to present their nerdy deeds.

The 2013 Twin Cities Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge featured numerous amenities, diversions and appearances for otherwise overworked nerds and nonprofits, including video messages from Senator Al Franken and Senator Amy Klobuchar, a petting zoo, chair massages, a bounce-house boxing ring, reflexology and manicures, visiting tours for nonprofit and business leaders, Giant Jenga and Connect Four, Minnesota Viking cheerleaders, yoga and one daylight-saving-time hour lost among 24 hours of pro-bono service.

The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge is what it is because of people who freely give up nights, weekends, time and talent to make a difference,” said Nerdery CEO Mike Derheim. “If this initiative is a success, it’s because it has taken root in the fertile soil of a collaborative community that takes care of its own.”

Including two Web Challenges in Chicago, this was The Nerdery’s eighth overnight event benefiting nonprofits in communities where Nerds live and work. So far, more than $4 million in professional services have been donated to 114 nonprofit organizations.

“We plotted our first philanthropic lock-in five years ago as a company of just over 40 nerds,” said Derheim. “About 400 Nerds later, when we aren’t just giving it away, we still make a decent living at this interactive design and development thing. But more than ever, we’re humbled just to be a part of our local interactive community. We’re grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who keep coming out to do this, and we’re grateful for the event sponsors who contribute so much toward making this a positive and impactful experience for all involved. And we thank our nonprofit friends for putting their faith in complete nerds – we have really appreciated this opportunity to be of service.”

The Nerdery Foundation thanks these sponsors for the 2013 Twin Cities Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge: Arthouse; Benchmark Learning; ipHouse;; VALERE; Ergotron; FunJumps; LaBella’s Mobile Nail Spa; MinneWebCon; Peace Coffee; Red Bull; Unwind Within; Mama Valenti's.

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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. The Nerdery established The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to advance philanthropic initiatives like The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge. 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 has received The Community Impact Award, The Quality of Life Award, and The Jefferson Award for its record of corporate philanthropy through The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge. The Nerdery established The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to advance philanthropic initiatives like The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

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