Minneapolis, April 5, 2017 — The Nerdery Foundation has announced nonprofit and team selections for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge Twin Cities. During the 24-hour hackathon taking place April 22-23, ten volunteer web pro teams will donate their time to design and develop new websites or mobile apps for their ten nonprofit partners.
The signature community service event from The Nerdery Foundation, with presenting sponsor The Nerdery, will take place at COCO's Downtown Minneapolis location beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22 and ending 9 a.m. Sunday, April 23. Nonprofits applied for this pro bono opportunity by articulating their vision of how technology pros could further their organization’s mission through better use of interactive technology, and rallying their constituents and fans to post online testimonials supporting their nomination. Development teams from throughout the community self-organized with 6-12 volunteers covering skill sets required to build a website or web-based application, including front-end development, back-end development, project management, digital/content strategy, user experience design, graphic design and quality assurance engineering.
“The Challenge is a community-driven event, by the community and for the community. We’re excited to host our first event at COCO, a leader in the local tech scene,” said Ginger Bucklin, Executive Director of The Nerdery Foundation, whose mission is to activate the passion and skills of technologists to better our world.
The following nonprofits were chosen for the opportunity to lead a team of software engineers and designers to further their organization’s mission through technology:
Following the event, teams and nonprofits will reconvene on May 11 to share their nerdy deeds and demo their work at Web Challenge Awards night. Top teams are recognized for Design/UX, Functionality and Impact. The People’s Choice award is crowd-sourced via public voting, based on before/after screenshots, links to new websites and testimonials from nonprofit reps and web pros. Top prize remains bragging rights, and the gratification of nerdy deeds done in the name of community service.
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.