Overnight Website Challenge in New Jersey

A few days ago, Pete Prodoehl twittered about Sierra Bravo’s F1 Overnight Website Challenge that will take place on March 1st, 2008, in Minnesota.

I’ve had a similar idea that I’d been mulling over in my head, a kind of “Geek Corps” where geeks donate their time and volunteer to help people in need with technology–with a focus on local organizations, not overseas.

Are there enough web developers in New Jersey (or who would be willing to travel to NJ for a day) who are willing and able to donate their time for such a cause? Considering the trouble I’ve had finding geeks in Northern NJ, I really don’t know.

I’m sure there’s plenty of non-profit organizations who could use the help, but I don’t have a good idea of who they are or how to reach out to them. If you are part of or know of a non-profit that would benefit from participating in such a competition, in New Jersey, I’d appreciate it if you’d pass along a link to this blog entry to them.

At this point, I’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in a similar event as the Overnight Website Challenge, but in New Jersey. I would be especially grateful for any help in organizing such an event or spreading the word about it.


  1. Scriptmonkey says

    Actually a good idea! I’m surprised you came up with it.

    There are plenty of non-profit organizations that are woefully 3-4 years behind in technology. I bet a functional interactive site with the ability to take donations could make a big difference for one of them.

  2. “There are plenty of non-profit organizations that are woefully 3-4 years behind in technology.”

    Can you name me three in New Jersey, and some form of direct contact information to decision-makers there? :-)

    That’s the challenge …

  3. Scriptmonkey says

    One can take their pick here. It lets you search registered charities.

    I would probably be more interested in doing an “all-day” web-site challenge. I tend to like my beauty rest these days. If held at night, I’d be happy to Sous-Chef and make some modules in preparation for the barn-raising.

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