The Second Annual Cleveland GiveCamp wrapped up Sunday night, July 31, with 22 nonprofit organizations coming away with new technology applications valued at nearly $500,000 to help them in their efforts to help others.   Software and database developers, graphic designers, marketing professionals, copy writers, video producers, photographers, social media experts and food service volunteers donated more than 4,500 hours throughout the weekend, often working into the wee hours of the night to make these projects possible. Cleveland GiveCamp is entirely volunteer driven, even the eight member committee which works throughout the year to plan the event, raise sponsorship dollars, recruit volunteers and coordinate event details.   I know my co-author Sarah was there, if you where there let me know what you think! 

Event highlights:

·       Twenty two (22) projects were completed over the course of the weekend. The projects include: 

o   3 database applications to help with case management, donor management, client services

o   2 mobile applications – 1 for iPhone, 1 for Android

o   1 mobile website

o   18 websites

 

·       More than 200 people participated in the event including:

o   187 volunteers

o   Representatives from 22 nonprofits

 

·       Our volunteers have more than 1,000 years of combined experience in their respective fields.

o   726 years of experience on the technical side

o   Nearly 300 years from other specialties (marketing, PR, social media, graphic design, etc.)

 

·       Our sponsors donated more than $14,000 in goods and services to make the event possible. They are:

o   Gold Sponsors ($1,000 and up): Lean Dog, Burke Lakefront Airport, Encompass Technologies, Exporys, Hyland Software, OneCommunity, Rosetta, Saint Luke’s Foundation, Sollie Rosen Memorial Foundation

o   Silver Sponsors ($500-$999): IT Support, Shamrock, IEEE, Fat Guys Pizza, Microsoft, DeVry, O’Reilly

o   Bronze Sponsors:  ($250 to $499): Chris Barendt, PluralSight, PanTEk, DiscountAsp.Net, Design Room

 

GiveCamp is an international initiative started in 2007 to bring together technology talent to help local nonprofits in need.  Cleveland GiveCamp is one of the largest events in the country, helping 43 nonprofits and donating more than $750,000 free help in its first two years. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamps have helped more than 150 charities in 30 cities.  The 2012 Cleveland GiveCamp is tentatively scheduled for July 20-22.