Some of the largest service efforts on Martin Luther King Day occur here in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia technology community is pitching in.
On January 14th, Philly Give Camp looks to combine developers with non-profits for a weekend hackathon at the Microsoft Offices at Malvern, PA. Developers get three days to help non-profits such as Philabundance and Milagre Kids School update their websites or build a mobile application.
“Instead of going to a soup kitchen or something that doesn’t utilize your skills, do something like this where you can you use your passion to give back to these charities,” says organizer Vince Paglione, 24, a developer for CIGNA. Paglione is taking the reigns from local Microsoft evangelist Dani Diaz, who ran the last Philly Give Camp in June. This month’s Camp is part of a national effort along with 19 others in recognition of Martin Luther King Day.
Currently, the event has 10 non-profits and only 30 developer volunteers so organizers are searching for more helpers (if you’d like to help, sign up here).
Paglione says developers don’t have to provide continued support for anything they make and there’s plenty of projects for all skill sets.
Perks for developers include free shwag, a chance for raffled Microsoft products and lots of food from local caterers.
“Every meal is a legit hot meal,” says Paglione, “No grilled cheese sandwiches.”-30-