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
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 JJâ€™s List
Midnight Reapers serving North Lawndale Employment Network
Trainsignalâ€™s League of Extraordinary Developers serving Starlight Childrenâ€™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. magazineâ€™s list of fastest growing private companies in its first five years of eligibility.