Nwa GiveCamp 2012 - March 30, 2012 to April 1, 2012

NwaGiveCampLogo The 2nd Annual Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp is on it’s way.

This year it will be from March 30, 2012 to April 1, 2012 and will be hosted at the Center for NonProfits located in Rogers, AR.

What is a GiveCamp?

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members, or a application for the Red Cross that automatically emails a blood donor three months after they’ve donated blood to remind them that they are now eligible to donate again. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend.

During GiveCamp, developers are welcome to go home in the evenings or camp out all weekend long. There are usually food and drink provided at the event. There are sometimes even game systems set up for when you and your need a little break! Overall, it’s a great opportunity for people to work together, developing new friendships, and doing something important for their community.

At GiveCamp, there is an expectation of “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).

Participating in NWA Give Camp last year was perhaps the most exciting professional experience of my life. The creativity, energy, commitment, and talent were inspiring! The recipient charities were so grateful and excited to see their projects being born.

Join us this year for an experience you won’t forget! The food is pretty good, too! Karen – System Analyst

Get Involved!

Attending a GiveCamp is a great way to give back to the community in a way that impacts in a huge way.  For a single weekends efforts you could be the difference in a charity being able to achieve it’s goal for the year, or even the foreseeable future.   You can volunteer at http://nwagivecamp.org, better yet build a team and adopt a charity.  Challenge other departments in your company to get more people involved and make it fun.  I guarantee this will be one of the most rewarding weekends you have experienced as a technical professional.  You can make a difference!

National GiveCamp Weekend October 21-23, 2011

Microsoft once again to promote National GiveCamp Weekend!  The weekend of October 21-23, 2011 has been designated National GiveCamp Weekend.  If you currently have a GiveCamp scheduled, you do not need to move it. However, if you can move it, Microsoft is putting together several partnerships to help ease some of the logistics for the National GiveCamp weekend so organizers and participants can focus on supporting non-profit organizations:

· Free Venue: national partnerships to provide venue space. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis – so sign up early!  Send your request to usgcamp@microsoft.com.

· Food & Beverage sponsors: National sponsors to have signed up to have food and beverage service delivered to participating GiveCamp volunteers throughout the weekend.

· Promotion: Email templates and resources for your use in promoting to non-profits, as well as soliciting potential volunteers.

Microsoft will also put resources behind amplifying the impact of your GiveCamp to your community by helping create buzz to help draw volunteers and increase community awareness for the non-profits benefiting from GiveCamp.

GiveCamp is a great opportunity for people to work together, develop new friendships, and do something important for their community! Their goal is to see over 50 Give Camps held over the National GiveCamp weekend of 10/21 – 10/23.

Are you up to the challenge?

If you are interested in having a being part of the National GiveCamp Weekend here is what you need to do next.

Next Steps:

  1. If you are interested in organizing a GiveCamp send the following information to usgcamp@microsoft.com.
  2. Setup your GiveCamp site with the GiveCamp Starter Site available here: http://givecampstartersite.codeplex.com.
  3. For more information, visit http://givecamp.org.

Tulsa School of Dev 2001: March 27, 2011

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Tulsa is once again organizing the School of Dev, a one day developer focused conference.  This event is a great way to get exposed to new technology, learn new skills to help you get things done today, and connect, learn, and share with others in your field.

Registration is open, and attendees are asked to bring 2 cans of food to donate for the Oklahoma Food bank.

The website doesn’t have a lot of information now, but I am sure Sean will be getting it updated soon.

Northwest Arkansas TechFest 2011–Mar 25th, 2011

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The next installment of the Northwest Arkansas TechFest has been announced!

What is the  Northwest Arkansas TechFest?

The Northwest Arkansas TechFest is a technical conference with a primary focus to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. We accomplish this with numerous national and international speakers delivering 75 minute sessions.

It is also charitable non-profit event organized by local area volunteers. Even though it is a free event, we ask that you support the community and PLEASE bring TWO CANS or TWO BUCKS. All canned food will be donated to the NWA Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to the The Jones Center.

Date: Friday, March 25th, 2011

Location:
Center for NonProfits @ St. Mary’s
1200 West Walnut St.
Rogers, AR 72756 [MAP]
479-936-8218

The call for speakers is open right now! So, if you are looking for an event to speak at close to home then here is your chance.  Submit your sessions now!

Nwa GiveCamp Photos Posted!

I have posted the photos from the Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp 2011 in a Picasa Web Album.

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Thanks again to everyone who volunteered and made this event a huge success.

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