For five years we’ve tiptoed around the calendar to avoid hosting The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge on the spring-forward weekend commencing Daylight Savings Time. But come March 9-10, while the outside world deals with losing a mere hour of sleep, it’ll be pro-bono business as usual as teams of volunteer web pros serve qualified nonprofit organizations for 24 hours in a row. Registration is open for the nerdy & the needy.
New this year: Instead of having weary teams present nonprofit websites at the conclusion of a challenging 24-hour sprint, better-rested participants will reconvene a few weeks after Web Challenge weekend to present their fully-realized accomplishments at The Nerdery on April 2. You can get the full scoop in the News Section.
Eligible nonprofits (501c3-registered organizations in Minnesota) can apply by February 8 for the opportunity by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their mission through better use of interactive technology. After completing their application, nonprofits can direct their fans to post supporting testimonials to their online profiles; selection judges will favor nonprofits whose applications by its constituents, including people served by the organization, donors, volunteers, staff, board members and other supporters.
Volunteer teams must self-organize with 8-10 web pros by February 8. Team captains recruit their peers and cover these skill sets: front-end development; back-end development; project management; strategy; UX; graphic design; copywriting; QA.
The Nerdery will announce selected nonprofits and teams on February 18, but neither the need nor the nerdy will know with whom they’ll be paired until the 24-hour countdown clock begins ticking at 9 a.m. on March 9.
Big days ahead
February 8 – Registration deadline for nerds and nonprofits
February 18 – Selected teams and nonprofits announced
February 26 – Needy-meets-nerdy mixer at Benchmark Learning
March 9-10 – Web Challenge weekend at U of MN Continuing Education Conference Center
April 2 – Judgement day, teams and nonprofits present their work at The Nerdery