How Seattle GiveCamp got 176 volunteers to code for charity
One dollar here, five dollars there, we all contribute to causes that are near and dear to our heart. But have you ever worked non-stop over a full weekend for charity? Well 176 people put their coding abilities to work and did just that. This past weekend, the Seattle GiveCamp united 21 charities along with a tribe of passionate and excited developers for a hackathon and the results were amazing.
Paul and Suzanna Litwin were the tribe leaders for the whole event. They brought in a ton of sponsors and wrangled a great set of technical volunteers. This was a diverse tribe of developers with skills like: JAVA, .NET, Android/iOS, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Node.js, and even SEO sorcery. If you are passionate about a particular charity’s cause, you could join that charity’s team or if you want to work with a specific technology you have never used before you could join a different team for that too. Whatever your passion, there was a team available for sure.
Since attending GiveCamp years ago in Nashville, I was excited to participate in the one here in Seattle. I worked with an impressive team and tackled a large set of features and scope over the weekend. We worked for the Washington Food Coalition in an effort to connect food donors and food banks. The proposal was for an Android mobile app that could connect the two sides of the equation. This meant building a full app stack including an Android client, database with an API and a web site for administrators. We had a mix of programming languages and tools and a great blend of team members. From students, to professionals and even college professors we worked together, helped each other and learned as we coded together. It all came together to ship the finished product.
Join a Tribe
Be it a civic or a technology oriented reason, I strongly recommend you participate in your community and spend at least one weekend a year at a GiveCamp hackathon like this in your area. I dare you to try it and not learn a thing or two along the way.