It’s 5:30 am and I am wide awake sitting in the Microsoft NERD building and to be honest I am quite fine with that. You might be wondering, “Why on earth is he still up at five in the morning and doing work?” Well let me tell you….

I am attending my first New England Give Camp. I am donating my time and skill set to help non profits update, refresh or build from scratch their web presence. It brings me great joy to be surrounded by like minded people coming together to simply help their fellow man.

I have never done much in terms of charity before, excluding selling candy bars as a kid. I am not a runner, walker, tough mudder (cheers guys) and making cold calls for donations isn’t my strong suit either…. However what I eat, sleep and breath is code. Finally a chance to apply my skills and use my time to help others. Now that’s a cause I can get behind!

We were greeted with a bag of swag, filled with food and kept running by coffee. And all of these wonderful treats provided by our gracious hosts and sponsors. Day one has been fantastic! We heard from all the non profits in attendance and got broken down into our project groups. All of the non profits are incredibly grateful and excited to have so many people here to help them with their mission.

It’s amazing to be surrounded by so many talented like minded people. Tech conversations are abundant here, well maybe not right now most people are littered around our floor trying to catch some sleep before jumping back into their projects. This code monkey is getting back to developing!

Can’t wait to see what Day #2 brings!

-Brandon Henricks