Overnight Website Challenge 2017 Tour Concludes with Twin Cities Web Challenge Awards; Volunteers Recognized for Pro-Bono Work for Nonprofits

Overnight Website Challenge 2017 Tour Concludes with Twin Cities Web Challenge Awards; Volunteers Recognized for Pro-Bono Work for Nonprofits

Minneapolis, May 15, 2017 — The Nerdery Foundation has awarded the pro-bono work of volunteer software designers, engineers and digital strategists who served nonprofits at the 2017 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge in Minneapolis. Previous 2017 tour stops for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge included Phoenix in January, Kansas City in February and Chicago in March; volunteers in these cities (plus Minneapolis) served 34 nonprofit organizations.

The 24-hour Overnight Website Challenge doubles as a friendly competition for volunteer teams whose pro-bono work is assessed by a panel of judges, and also through a crowd-sourced People’s Choice award. Top teams are recognized for Best Design, Greatest Functionality and Biggest Impact. The top prize remains bragging rights, and the gratification of nerdy deeds done in the name of community service.

Best Design:

MEAN Team for Perpich Foundation

Greatest Functionality:

Team Infinite Jesters for Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd.

Biggest Impact: (TIE):

MEAN Team for Perpich Foundation

Team Infinite Jesters for Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd.

People’s Choice:

MEAN Team for Perpich Foundation

The Nerdery Foundation thanks these judges for visiting with teams and nonprofits during Web Challenge weekend and assessing what they accomplished in 24 hours:

  • Meghan McInerny, COO at Clockwork

  • Andrew David, Head of Software Development at Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art)

  • Sarah Olson, Director of Women Who Code Twin Cities

For all that the 10 selected nonprofits do in the Twin Cities community – and for putting their faith and websites in the hands of relative strangers – The Nerdery Foundation thanks all of these NPOs and their respective teams of volunteer software professionals:

  • Air Bears, served by their team, Mighty Morphin’ Pixel Pushers

  • Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) served by their team, The Scope Creeps

  • Bundles of Love Charity served by their team, Null & Void

  • Conflict Resolution Minnesota served by their team, Baconpress

  • ConnectWC served by their team, Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. served by their team, Infinite Jesters

  • Perpich Center for Arts Education Foundation served by their team, MEAN Team

  • Young Dance served by their team, Wifi Wing Workhorse

  • YouthCARE served by their team, drop It Like It’s HOTH

  • Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc. served by their team, 23 Hours

Two additional nonprofits (runners up) worked the first 12 hours of Web Challenge weekend on social media strategy and SEO with volunteers from [s+m+c]pros, a data-driven social media marketing agency that donates five percent of its time toward doing pro-bono services.

The Nerdery Foundation board members deemed a few other teams and individuals worthy of awards concocted in the wee hours and aftermath of Web Challenge weekend; they are:

Austin Adamson, Baconpress – Greatest Journey Award: Having served at his local nerdathon back in January in Phoenix, you traveled north to double down. Thanks for coming and for 48 hours of community service.

Brent Lehman, Baconpress – Midnight 30 Award: You could’ve been out celebrating your 30th birthday with family and friends, so thanks for spending it with us instead. Best. Birthday. Evar?

Troy Linck, 23 Hours – The Clapper Award: The first of many spontaneous outbursts of applause, which spread throughout the room. We asked why and were told it was “in recognition of the team’s general intelligence.”

Tyssul Patel, Infinite Jesters – The Babe Ruth Called Shot Revisited Award: You correctly predicted your raffle prize win, not unlike Babe Ruth’s called shot – pointing to the outfield before homering against the Cubs in the 1931 World Series.

Sydney Ward,  Zenon Dance Company and School – Yo, Anyone Know Yoga? Award: Is there a doctor on the plane? Nevermind that, is there a yoga instructor in the house? Thanks for answering the call for an impromptu wee-hour yoga session.

Christina Stensby, Mighty Morphin’ Pixel Pushers – Another 48 Hours Award: After traveling to Phoenix for their Web Challenge in January, you doubled down when the circus came to your town – thank you for your 48 hours of community service.

Phil Ensminger, Infinite Jesters – Loudest Flip-Flops Award: On percussion, your really loud flip flops – which kept the beat to your just-as-loud hard-rockin’ music.

Infinite Jesters – David Foster Wallace Award for Literary Reference in a Team Name: Game. Set. Match.

For the Twin Cities Web Challenge, The Nerdery Foundation thanks sponsors Tradition Capital Bank, Prime Digital Academy, TDHCD CPAs & Advisors, COCO, The Nerdery, Cuningham Group, BLMSS, Nova Horizons, HermanMiller, Valley Natural Foods, Pinstripes, Gyropolis, Reinhart, Red Bull, Qdoba, Hays Companies, The Hartford, Gleason Dale, Unwind Within, Tamarack Tap, Hilton Airport, Punch Bowl Social, The Foundation, Erbert & Gerbert’s and Chili’s.

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 1,300 volunteer web pros have donated over $7 million in pro bono services to 209 nonprofits. Like-minded companies/foundations interested in sponsorship opportunities or donations should contact us.

About The Nerdery

The Nerdery is a hivemind of software engineers, strategists, human-centered designers and problem solvers who create digital products and services that better people’s lives and drive business outcomes. In Minneapolis, Chicago, KC and Phoenix, The Nerdery’s core services are mobile applications, web applications, websites, systems integration and digital consulting.

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