Every year I stop by this event and every year I have failed to write a blog post about it which is odd because it is an intersection of my life: tech folks, friends and non profits.
They had 18 web teams (10 folks in a team) and 18 non profits and community organizations.
Here are some photos of the three rooms:
Cords, wires and half eaten food everywhere:
One group (a team I know well) created this fort in the center of their space… because every team should have bean bag chairs and a place to take a nap:
There is a huge demand in our community for this kind of help. I learned that 80+ organizations applied to have their web sites worked on.
The good news: 30+ teams applied to volunteer.
Think about that for a moment... that is a lot of people willing to volunteer their time and services to help someone out. Another reason why I love this town.
It also gets me to thinking about how to do a better job promoting my IT Volunteer page within the non profit community. I tell all the IT folks about it but I need to find a way to get the message out to non profits. I have an idea about this and thankfully someone else does too.
I hope we can make something out of it.
Besides working their tail off for 24+ hours there is some fun and shenanigans too.
Fellas could Tweet to make an appointment to get a straight razor shave:
There was an arcade brought in too:
I stand and applaud the team at the The Nerdery for hosting and putting on this event. I have had a few conversations with them about the time and energy they put in to pull this off and it is staggering.
Here are a few of their volunteers taking a hot towel break (also known as a nap):
Here are some more random photos:
As I was leaving I first thought about how they had a really long night ahead of them.
And then I thought… how lucky they are to be doing the work:
The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge Facebook Page for more photos (including a Donkey Kong ice block)
24 hours Makes a Difference: Webchallenge Before & After for before and after photos of the web sites (The Nerdery Blog)
Thanks a gazillion to a long list of Web Challenge players (The Nerdery Blog)
And check out The Nerdery:
The Nerdery Jobs (yes, they are aggressively hiring)
I wonder if a recruiter by trade mostly non tech guy who can’t code anything to work would be of value to a team next year?
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