On April 12-13, a couple hundred web pros (nerds) will spend 24 hours â€“ in a row â€“ helping nonprofits create websites they couldnâ€™t otherwise afford, all pro bono.
The Nerdery is committed to bringing its annual hackathon to all communities where its Nerds live and work. This year, that means simultaneous nerdy deeds in Chicago, Kansas City and the Twin Cities. Since the first Overnight Website Challenge in 2008, more than $4 million in professional services have been donated to 114 nonprofits.
Volunteer teams must self-organize by March 23 with 8-10 web pros. Team captains recruit their peers and cover these skill sets: front-end development; back-end development; project management; strategy; UX; graphic design; copywriting; QA. All team members must be present the entire 24 hours (no working from remote/undisclosed locations). Returning volunteers, please note that previous log-in credentials do not carry over year-to-year.
Registration for eligible nonprofits (501c3-registered organizations in Illinois) is closed. Nonprofits applied for this pro-bono opportunity by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their mission through better use of interactive technology. After completing their application, nonprofits direct their constituents/fans to post supporting testimonials to their online profiles; selection judges will favor nonprofits whose applications are endorsed by people served by the organization, donors, volunteers, staff, board members and other supporters. Orgs must provide proof of 501c3 nonprofit status via email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nerdy Deeds for Nonprofits
During this hackathon benefiting local nonprofits, volunteers form teams of 8-10 web pros that show up not knowing what nonprofit theyâ€™ll serve, pro bono, for the next 24 hours. In the final hours, an independent panel of judges/thought leaders representing the nonprofit and interactive communities will begin assessing the work of development teams; this same panel of judges will have previously selected participating nonprofits from a larger pool of qualified applicants.
About The Nerdery
During its more normal working hours, The Nerdery (nerdery.com) is an interactive design and development company that partners with clients to engineer and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile and social media. Voted by its staff onto multiple top workplace lists, The Nerdery is the professional home of 470+ web developers, UX designers, QA engineers and other Nerds. The Nerdery marked its 10th anniversary in Oct. 2013 by launching a commemorative coin etched with its company core values into space.
The Nerdery established The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to advance philanthropic initiatives like The Overnight Website Challenge. Like-minded companies/foundations interested in sponsorship opportunities or donations should contact email@example.com or call 877-OMG-NERD.