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GiveCamp: developers camp at UMBC all weekend to build websites, apps for nonprofits [VIDEO]

Last year, nearly 200 technologists and nonprofit workers joined together over 48 hours one weekend to produce website and web apps and offer technical services worth more than $250,000 total to 21 Maryland-area nonprofits. This weekend, Baltimore GiveCamp hopes to break that record. Register for Baltimore GiveCamp 2012, taking place Oct. 19-21 at UMBC. Sponsored by […]

Last year, nearly 200 technologists and nonprofit workers joined together over 48 hours one weekend to produce website and web apps and offer technical services worth more than $250,000 total to 21 Maryland-area nonprofits.

This weekend, Baltimore GiveCamp hopes to break that record.

Register for Baltimore GiveCamp 2012, taking place Oct. 19-21 at UMBC.

Sponsored by the Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals, GiveCamp is a “weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations,” according to its website. Participants can either stay at UMBC all weekend or leave each evening. There is, however, one catch: all source code developed must be turned over to the respective nonprofits by weekend’s end.

Watch a video about GiveCamp:

What is GiveCamp? from givecamp on Vimeo.

Since its founding in 2007, GiveCamp has donated more than $1 million in time and services to close to 150 nonprofits. This year, a contingent of Baltimore city public school students working with the Digital Harbor Foundation will be in attendance, says Ed Mullin, CIO of Logical Consulting Services, a GiveCamp sponsor.

“I’m thinking these kids will learn a lot from sitting with technical professionals and helping them build sites for charities,” said Mullin in an e-mail. “Not all education happens in the classroom.”

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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