The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2012, November 17-18


About the Event

After 24 hours and arguably too much coffee, bragging rights were awarded to Silverline Creative, the team of web pros whose nerdy deeds reimagined and rebuilt the website of Chicago Gateway Green, one of 12 nonprofits paired for 24 hours (in a row) with a dedicated team of volunteers at the 2012 Chicago Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

Rounding out the competitive final four:

Ruby Off Rails, serving About Face Theatre

A+ Team, serving CASA of Cook County

Nerdery Bigfoot Research Consortium, serving Safe Humane Chicago

Honorable-honorable mention:

The Adage Technolo-GS serving Mortar Theatre Company

AT-Rex serving Bughouse Theater

Code to Joy serving Eurekatory

Drop Shadows Not Bombs serving Illinois Science Council

Drupal Rocks! serving JJ’s List

Midnight Reapers serving North Lawndale Employment Network

Trainsignal’s League of Extraordinary Developers serving Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest

Zoo Crew serving Pangea Educational Development

Eligible nonprofits (501c3-registered organizations in IL) applied by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their mission through better use of interactive technology. Volunteer teams self-organized with 8-10 web pros covering these skill sets: front-end development; back-end development; project management; strategy; UX; graphic design; copywriting; QA.

The Nerdery Foundation

Vowing to keep doing their annual nerdathon until there are no more good nonprofits with bad websites, The Nerdery has established its own 501c3 nonprofit organization, The Nerdery Foundation, to advance its philanthropic initiatives. So far at The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, developers from The Nerdery and throughout the Chicago and Minneapolis interactive communities have donated about $3 million in professional services to 96 Illinois-and-Minnesota-based nonprofits; these organizations pay it forward many times over through services they provide in our communities.

About The Nerdery

The Nerdery is a developer driven interactive production company that partners with creative minds and big thinkers to engineer and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile and social media. Voted by its staff (Nerds) onto multiple top workplace lists, The Nerdery has also made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first five years of eligibility.

Important Dates

Oct 19
Application deadline for volunteers and nonprofits
Oct 29
Selected nonprofits and teams announced
Nov 7
Needy-meets-nerdy pre-Challenge mixer, at The Nerdery’s Chicago office
Nov 17-18
The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, at Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. This is not a function of Roosevelt University. (There, we had to say that – but we’re stoked to bring our nerdathon to Roosevelt’s Chicago campus.)


Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Day of the Event

7:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.
Welcome, get ready to rumble, announce team assignments
9:00 a.m.
Countdown begins. Nonprofits meet their team of volunteers and get to work.
6:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m.
The most important meal of the day. Meanwhile, judges make the rounds between 6-9 a.m., spending 10 minutes assessing each team's work.
9:00 a.m.
Blastoff. Drawing for fabulous prizes while judges pick a Final Four; each gets 10 minutes to present their work.
10:00 a.m.
Winner announced. Good night, and good luck.

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