The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2011, August 20-21

IN THE WEB CHALLENGE'S FIRST TRIP TO THE WINDY CITY, 10 WEB PRO AND NONPROFIT TEAMS PAIRED UP FOR 24 HOURS OF NERDY DO-GOODING

About the Event

At The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, an event organized by interactive development firm The Nerdery, volunteers form teams of 8-10 web pros that show up not knowing what nonprofit they’ll serve, pro bono, for the next 24 hours. Previously at The Nerdery’s nonprofit nerdathon, volunteers have freely given over $1.5 million worth of professional web development services to 57 nonprofit organizations. The Nerdery considers this a good start, but as long as there are good nonprofits with bad (or no) websites we will rally our nerds and community to deliver nerdy deeds done dirt-cheap.

The Pairings


When the web pros and nonprofits arrived at Resolution Digital Studios in Chicago early Saturday morning they had no idea whom they'd be working with. Below is a list of the final team pairings and links to learn more about them.

Web Pro + Nonprofit pairings
A+ Team + Southwest Chicago PADS
Cloudbot (and Friends) + Midwest Young Artists
Drop Shadows Not Bombs + Crossroads Adoption Services
Drupal Rocks + A Safe Haven Foundation
Awesome Dolphins and Friends + Near Northwest Arts Council
Chamois Butter for Lunch + Peace Care
Chicago on Rails + Kids Have Hope
Great Pixel Consortium + Instituto Del Progresso Latino
Nerdery Bigfoot Research Consortium + Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois
Team 13 + Northwestern Settlement

The Winners


Recognizing the winner of The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge takes time, fittingly. No team lost anything but sleep while 18 nonprofit organizations won free websites that will better carry their mission forward. Judges were charged with naming one team that made the most transformational difference for their designated nonprofit, and they reached consensus on A+ Team for its nerdy deeds done pro bono for Southwest Chicago PADS. Congratulations!

Thanks again to this year's team of judges for all of their hard work:

Important Dates

April 29
Registration open
July 29
Applications due from nonprofits
July 29
Applications due from web pros
August 5
Selected web pro teams announced
August 12
Nonprofit selections announced
August 20-21
Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge (9 a.m Saturday – 9 a.m. Sunday)

Location

Resolution Digital Studios
2226 West Walnut Street
Chicago, IL 60612

Day of the Event

7:00 a.m.
Registration
8:45 a.m.
Welcome, get ready to rumble, announce team assignments
9:00 a.m.
Countdown begins. Nonprofits meet their team of volunteers and get to work.
Noonish
Lunch
6:00 p.m.
Dinner sponsored by Chipotle
Midnight
Second Dinner sponsored by Domino's Pizza Chicago
6:00
The most important meal of the day. Meanwhile, judges make the rounds between 6-9 a.m., spending 10 minutes assessing each team's work.
9:00 a.m.
Blastoff. Drawing for fabulous prizes while judges pick a Final Four; each gets 10 minutes to present their work.
10:00 a.m.
Winner announced. Good night, and good luck.

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