I read about this on a Facebook site, and received an e-mail from Mark at the Nerdery. Either way, I intended to write about this event...because it's a revolution that everyone can join.
For many non-profits and community organizations, the most basic weapon in engaging online is a website. However, building an excellent website takes time, resources, and committed individuals....something which is out of the range of most non-profits.
However, the Nerdery - a web development firm here in town - is bringing its Overnight Website Challenge to Chicago in November....and is encouraging potential participants to sign-up by October 19th. Teams will be randomly assembled, assigned to an appropriate non-profit, and then for 24 hours, work to build (or rebuild) a fully-functioning website.
It sounds simple, doesn't it? Especially since there are many web-based site development tools, but this a great opportunity - it builds collaboration out of nothing. It allows volunteers to donate their time and talents (and you don't have to be a coder - the Challenge is seeking project managers, copywriters, and other professionals as well), and non-profits to benefit from a dedicated team working to build their web presence.
Whether you're in the web development, marketing, or non-profit community. this is a great opportunity to help build something that did not exist before. It's also a great pre-Thanksgiving event that will, at the very least, help you feel even more grateful during the holiday.
If you have questions, please visit the Challenge's web site, and please drop me a line if you have further questions. It's a great opportunity to engage in a revolutionary idea - dedicating a solid day to helping a non-profit strengthen their online presence.
Thanks for reading!