GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – including designers, developers and database administrators as well as marketers and web strategists – donate their time and unique talents to provide software solutions for local charities and other non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamp program has provided benefits to over 150 charities, with volunteer-time donations exceeding the equivalent of $150,000 in services!
At GiveCamp, there is an expectation that “What happens at GiveCamp stays at GiveCamp;” therefore, all source code must be turned over to the charities at the end of the weekend (developers cannot ask for payment), and the charities are responsible for maintaining the code moving forward (charities cannot expect the developers to maintain the codebase). As a result, the proposed work must be scoped appropriately so it can be completed by teams of developers and designers in the span of the weekend. Teams of volunteer business analysts typically work with candidate non-profit organizations well ahead of the GiveCamp to ensure their expectations can be met at this event.
The first GiveCamp to be held in the Northeast ran from Friday, June 11 through Sunday June 13, 2010 at the the New England Research and Development Center (aka NERD) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Microsoft donated space in their facility for the duration of the event, which drew two dozen non-profit organizations and about 100 New England technical professionals and other volunteers. Overnight accomodations were available at NERD, and many participants brought air mattresses, sleeping bags, and even tents to truly make it a ‘camp’ experience!
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