Please read the FAQs for each specific role:
A 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.
The initial charity submissions are due to the website on Aug 17th. The detailed charity submissions are due August 31st.
Start off with completing the Charity Proposal form on this site located here.
The initial submissions will be narrowed down to a shorter list. If your submission makes the first cut, a business analyst will be assigned to assist you in completing a more detailed requirements document. The more detailed documents will go through a final selection process.
If you are selected, a representative of your charity must attend the kick-off meeting on Friday afternoon, be present or available to answer questions for the duration of the event and at least one of your members must attend the demo on Sunday afternoon.
If you already have your own hardware or a hosting provider, you will be provided with instructions on how to deploy your new application. If not, we are asking for sponsorship from local and national hosting providers to provide hosting for free or at a discounted rate.
The number of developer volunteers will allow us to select one charity for each 4-5 developer volunteers. We will select the number of charities to be helped based on the number of developer volunteers we receive. We estimate being able to help around 10 charities.
The committee will determine the selection of the non-profit organizations that participate in GiveCamp. Generally, we try to select non-profits where we can achieve the greatest impact by helping them out. We also look at the request that's being made - we try to focus on getting very clear requirements on what the non-profit is looking for and is something that can be achieved over a marathon-coding weekend by a team of approximately 5 developers.
Your proposal will be used as the blueprint for your application. The more specific your proposal the happier you will be with your application. This is just some of the information that you should include:
- What is the objective of the system? Describe the problem this system will solve.
- Are you requesting a new application or an update to an existing application?
- If it is not a new application what software was used to create your existing solution?
- Will you be hosting your application?
- What information will you need to track?
- Do any users have special needs?
- Describe the ongoing needs for importing data into the system, and exporting it from the system.
- List any reports.
- Describe performance requirements, issues, and concerns.
- Describe security requirements.
The initial application is a simple form you will be asked to complete on this site Located Here.
Please stop in and give your support to the developers that are working hard. There are other similar events being planned that you may want to submit your Charity Proposal informatino to. See Givecamp.org for information about other such events.
As the charity representative, you are requested to be at opening and closing sessions. It is highly recommended that a charity representative attend the event, and at the minimum be available via phone to answer questions for the developers on the team.
You must complete the website application on your own. If your charity is selected then there will be a business analyst assigned to each charity. But, please try to complete as much of the Charity Proposal as you can.
Yes! Each charity will be provided with all the information required to maintain, update and extend their application.
There will many developers at the event, all with a wide range of skills. Please try to only submit applications that you feel could be completed in a weekend. If you are unsure if your application is small enough for a weekend project, please submit it anyway and we will let you know if it fits into the scope of a weekend.
Since the Give Camp will have such a wide range of developer talent, we will accept applications for Web work, Windows form works, mobile development and a wide range of other technologies.
- Establishing a web presence.
- Add a new section to your website.
- Track volunteers for an upcoming event.
- Run a silent auction.
- Register visitors to your website.
You will be notified by email whether or not your initial submission has been selected by August 20th. You will be notified whether or not your project has been selected by September 7th.
The initial charity submissions are due to the website on August 17th. The detailed charity submissions are due August 31st.
Yes, students will be paired with more experienced developers.
Yes, the event staff will be watching and making sure that the more experienced developers are helping students learn how to develop software.
You can stay all night. However, showers are not available.
Yes. If you would like to form your own team of 5 people, that would be very helpful. Please keep in mind that each team must have at least 1 Developer, 1 DBA and 1 Designer. The Developers will be responsible for programming the front-end and the business logic layer. The DBA will be responsible for the tables, stored procedures and the data access layer. The Designer will be responsible for creating the master page and the cascading style sheet.
When you register, please enter your team's name in the Team Name field. Please confirm that everyone on your team has completed an application.
We will be providing each charity with all of the software they need to maintain, update and extend their applications. There will be a limited number of licenses available for third-party components.
We will be looking for sponsorship from CMS companies to provide us with licenses to their products.
Please have your application ready for the demo by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Yes. We will also have "fun" awards such "person who got the least sleep" and "Fastest Twinkie Eater".
A large parking lot is available at the facility.
- Laptop and any other devices needed to developer software.
- Sleeping bag
Once the projects have been selected, you will be able to rank your preference.
The whole weekend! The main event starts Friday evening and we (Give Camp Organizers) will be there 24/7 to help support you. However, we do not have any shower facilities.
Yes, that would work best. We don't have the resources to supply a loaner laptop/computer to all of the volunteers.
Please do your best to complete everything by 3:00 pm Sunday afternoon. We'd like to use the last hour or so to get together and show everybody the apps created over the weekend.
No, this event is about the charities. It is acceptable after the demo of the application to congratulate a team on a job well done, but this is not a competition.
You can only use technology that has been released. It is highly recommended someone on your team is experienced with the technology you are working with. While this is a great learning opportunity for developers, please remember this event is for the charities and you do have to deliver a working application at the end of the event.
Fun & Exciting!
No, we are looking for anyone to help in the support of the developers. We will need to have staff 24 hours to assist perform tasks such as:
- Keeping developers on schedule
- Clean up
- Food preparation
- Keeping morale up
- Playing Rock Band
Yes, your role will primarily be as a volunteer to support the developers, but if you feel the need to jump in on a project and help solve issues, and pair program with someone for a few hours feel free.
Shifts will be assigned shortly after opening ceremonies on Friday.
Yes. If you make a donation, you will receive recognition on the Sponsor page.