GiveCamp is a national event that connects technology talent with the needs of local non-profits. In one weekend, developers, designers, database administrators, and other technology professionals work around the clock to tackle the wish lists of non-profits and create web and software solutions. More than 30 cities across the country host this event and that number continues to grow each year.
Cleveland GiveCamp organizers Matt Beyer and Andy Craze
In 2011, Cleveland organized its second event and boasted more than 175 volunteers who contributed over $500,000 of development work. This added to our past achievement made in 2010 where we contributed over $250,000 of development work. Projects ranged from websites to iPhone apps and all projects were completed over the course of 2 and a half days. The inaugural Cleveland event was also the largest initial GiveCamp ever hosted, which speaks to the city's commitment to technology and helping others.
GiveCamp is hosted at the LeanDog boat (the old HornBlower's Restaurant) and Burke Lakefront Airport.
Participants are encouraged to bring their tents and spend the weekend with us on our mini-campus.
Tent City at Cleveland GiveCamp
This weekend, Cleveland GiveCamp is helping 25 organizations further their mission by offering free technology help during the Third Annual Cleveland GiveCamp. More than 175 volunteers will be helping these organizations develop new websites, web-based applications, phone applications, databases and other software solutions over the course of a weekend.
The selected nonprofits are:
(A-C) The Arc of Greater Cleveland, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland GiveCamp, Cleveland Meditation Center
(D-E) Digital LifeBooks, Inc. a program of Andrews House, The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland
Working on the Digital Lifebooks project
(G) The Galen Foundation dba PeopleBeatingCancer, The Galvin Education & Resource Center for Families, Greater Cleveland Volunteers
(H) HandsOn Northeast Ohio, Home Repair Resource Center
(L-M) Lake County Free Medical Clinic, Inc. , Lake Erie Ink: A writing space for youth, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Mental health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Community Zone
(L) New Avenues to Independence, Inc., Northeast Ohio Adoptions Services, Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education
(M) Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, Ohio City Inc.
(S-Z) The Sculpture Center, Think of Ability, Inc., Walk of Faith Community Center
Sponsors of Cleveland GiveCamp
Cleveland GiveCamp brings together local technology talent to help local nonprofits in need. During the weekend, technology professionals, developers, designers, database administrators, marketing professionals and others donate their time to help area nonprofit organizations with a wide range of projects including developing websites, iPhone apps and more.
Heidi Cool and Susie Sharp
The 2011 event boasted 150 volunteers and $500,000 of free development work for 23 nonprofits. Since its inception in 2007, more than 150 charities in 30 cities have benefitted from projects completed during GiveCamps around the country.
Here are some candid shots of some of the volunteers at work.
The Great Lakes Geek salutes his fellow Geeks and Geekettes for their unselfish work to help the community with their tech skills.