Twin Cities EE, serving Franconia Sculpture Park
The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen, serving Little Voyageurs Montessori School
Team Pegacorn, serving Metro CISM Team
The Return of the Team Redundancy Team Part 2, serving Minnesota Environmental Partnership
CodeX, serving Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Push N Run, serving Hourcar
Raxacoricofallapatorius, serving The Windmill Project
PHP Nerds- Beta, serving Answer
Drupal Rocks!, serving Bakken Museum
Full Court WordPress, serving Youth Performance Company
Ruby.MN, serving Career Solutions Inc
Team BIOS, serving Community Neighborhood Housing Services
Drop Shadows Not Bombs, serving North Star Therapy Animals
Run PHP, Cancer Legal Line
Get Off My LAN, serving TVBYGIRLS
Ruby Off Rails, serving Center for Homicide Research
Sleep-Deprivation Research Team #4, serving The Valley Friendship Club
Extra credit goes to rightful-braggers Two Unicorns, One Moon for their pro bono work on behalf of West African Medical Missions. Team captain Jason Reed is a four-time Web Challenge veteran, and a champion of this initiative in every sense of the word. Thanks, and special congrats to the returning volunteers from last year’s winning TST Media team.
Moving on, thanks for letting us rock-star your rooms, Continuing Education Conference Center – particular thanks to all-night go-to-guy extraordinaire Mike Wybierala.
Thanks, judges Christine Durand, Christian Erickson, Dana Nelson and Jamey Erickson, for assessing the applications of 68 eligible orgs to pick this year’s nonprofits, and for joining us Sunday morning to assess overnight accomplishments.
Caffeine … I’m getting emotional here – expect to be hugged for pulling me through, again. I won’t forget this.
For supporting our nerdathon since it began, thanks to event sponsors VISI (offering free hosting to nonprofits) and Benchmark Learning (gracious hosts of our pre-Challenge needy-meets-nerdy speed-dating ritual).
In-kind supporters, thanks for all you’ve contributed, like:
- Arthouse: branded SWAG design, logistics and support
- Bacio, and Zelo: in unison ringing the dinner bell with salads and lasagna
- Crave: fresh/free fish via gift cards
- Espresso Royale: first breakfast, generously baked
- GitHub: private repos for any team interested
- Gyropolis: a whole-lotta-lamb and gyro fixins
- Jimmy Johns: veggie/gluten-free lunch fare
- The Lacek Group: helping us help vols from their company help nonprofits
- MinneWebCon: building community among nerds through education
- Peace Coffee: our cup runneth over with steamy goodness
- Pizza Luce’: midnight meal, deliciously repeated at 2 a.m.
- Red Bull: hundreds of cool silver cans and a wee-hour visit from mobile team
- Sopranos Kitchen: gift cards for post-Challenge fine dining
- St. Agnes Baking Co.: second breakfast, still arguably the most important meal of the day
- Unwind Within for chair massages from four therapists beyond normal hours
- Nerds from 17 tech user groups who hosted tables during viewing hours
- Mustache Mike for stylish primping
- Kai Esbensen for 250 (new record, 238 last year) aeropressed coffees
- MCAD artists for caricature sketches
- Metro Ice Sculpture for the Donkey Kong luge
- Izzy’s Ice Cream: for 30-odd flavors and then some
- Molly Bush for leading yoga
Thanks, food fetchers: Kristen Schell; Diane Yang; Tracy Fuller; Cassi Hansen; John O’Neill; Sean Latterner; Eric Johnson; Tor Swanson; Jeremy Como; Jim Martin; Erica Tava
Other volunteers, all of them up for whatever, many of them up all night: Dave Kam; Jodi Chromey; Ericka, Ben, Max, & Jaycie Kimball; Gillian Reynolds; Eric Myers; Josh Klun; John Krenz; Wade Kallhoff; Dave Bucklin; Kris Szafranski; Ken Sykora; Mitch Buckland; Heather Keller; Janet Waack; David Medwid; Jon Huff; Katie O’Neill; Tom O’Neill; Mike Derheim; Mike Schmidt; Phillip Brand; Michelle Fuller; Matthew Alden; Jay Peyer; Greg Wurm; Lindsey Hagan; Eve Poeschl; Jamie Lindquist; Ginger Bucklin; Mary Ann Bucklin; Caleb Newby; Karsten Lundquist; Alyssa Fuller; Leah Otto; Matt Tonak; Hillary Heinz; Tom Johnson; Mark Hurlburt; and Jessica Mogen.
Nerds are grateful to Nerdery founders Mike Derheim, Mike Schmidt and Luke Bucklin for creating a company where good ideas are given time to get even better.
For spreading the word on nerdy deeds – and future such opportunities, thanks to MPR, WCCO, KSTP, KARE 11, FOX 9, Star Tribune, Biz Journal, Pioneer Press, Tech.MN, MPLS Egotist, GiveMN.org and others.
Nonprofits, please measure the success of your new site any way you can, and let us know how it helps your organization “move the needle.” Keep in touch.
Nerds, tell us what can we do better or differently to lure you back next time.
Finally, an extra special thank you for anyone I may have fool-heartedly forgotten. C’mere, you…