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The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge 2012 – Recap

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.

The Nerdery hosted their Overnight Website Challenge at the University of Minnesota St Paul campus and the space was packed. How packed?

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:

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Cords, wires and half eaten food everywhere:

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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:

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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:

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There was an arcade brought in too:

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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):

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Here are some more random photos:

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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:

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Click:

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 web site

The Nerdery on Twitter

The Nerdery Blog

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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Comments

Kristinlenander

Love this post, Paul. I'm not a web developer, but can play around in HTML code and content development/layout. Would love to learn more about opps for folks like me with this event :)

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