Five nonprofit groups in the Kansas City area will get website makeovers in this year’s Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.
The event pairs teams of volunteers with nonprofit groups for a weekend-long work session May 2 and 3. Teams work for free.
Similar sessions in Chicago and the Minneapolis area, where the Nerdery software design and development company is based, expand the challenge to 31 nonprofit groups and the professional Web teams to serve them.
The local groups gaining website help:
▪ Community Housing of Wyandotte County, which works to give families friendly and safe neighborhoods, supports parks, community gardens and art programming and holds Friday Morning Coffees.
▪ Phoenix Family, which battles generational poverty by tailoring support to help people stay in their homes with their families and work toward self-sufficiency.
▪ Seriously Playful, which works with high school students to develop improvisational comedic talent in the Kansas City area through its Operation: Show.
▪ Urban Ranger Corps, which helps at-risk inner city youths achieve responsible and productive futures through work experience, community service, leadership development and career planning.
The volunteer teams compete in the challenge but won’t know which nonprofit they will work with until the event kicks off at 9 a. m. May 2.
Judges come from the nonprofit and interactive communities, with awards announced May 25. A People’s Choice award is based on a public vote held after the nerding is finished.
Since starting the challenge in 2008, the Nerdery has helped provide more than $5 million in web development services to nonprofit groups.
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