Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Categories: Event Posted by bsstahl on 8/11/2016 1:26 PM | Comments (0)

The organizing team of AZGiveCamp recently announced that we would be hosting a one-day Hackathon for Humanitarian Toolbox on Saturday, August 27th, from 8:30 am to 5pm at Ticketmaster in Scottsdale, AZ.  This event is a bit of a departure for us.  We have been looking for ways to evolve the organization to host more and different coding-for-charity events while continuing our mission to to help charitable and non-profit organizations in our community meet their technology needs.  We hope you’ll join us for this first experiment with other event types at AZGiveCamp.

AZGiveCamp’s flagship event is our Hackathon of Help. We have had the privilege of hosting 7 such events in the Valley of the Sun so far, with our 8th scheduled for March of 2017.  These events take up an entire weekend and are designed to put  multiple charity and non-profit organizations together with multiple development teams.  The teams are tasked with taking a project from idea to completion in the course of one weekend.  During these events, participants may chose to camp out at the event facility, stay up and work on their projects, or go home at night, returning to continue the project in the morning until the final turnover on Sunday afternoon.  These events are technology agnostic, with the specific technologies to be used determined by the teams themselves.

By contrast, the AZGiveCamp Humanitarian Toolbox Hackathon will be only a 1-day event.  Participants will work on a single project, the Humanitarian Toolbox (htBox) allReady project, for which the technologies, design, and many of the features have already been chosen and implemented.  We will be lending our support to this worthy organization by adding features, upgrading tooling, and writing tests against the existing code base.  This event will not be judged by how many projects we complete, but by how much better-off the project is when we are done.

For those not familiar with Humanitarian Toolbox, they are an organization that sets up projects to assist humanitarian organizations.  Their current project, dubbed allReady, is designed to organize the preparedness campaigns of the Red Cross and other disaster response groups.  The project is implemented in ASP.NET Core MVC with a Cordova client. Participants need to have at least a basic comfort level with one or both of these technologies, along with the appropriate development tools, to be an effective contributor to this project.  Specifics of the required tools can be found on the event page on Meetup.

We hope you’ll join us at this and future AZGiveCamp events.

Tags: , , , , | Categories: Event Posted by bsstahl on 10/13/2011 12:29 AM | Comments (0)

It's AZGiveCamp time again! Our third event is coming up in under 2 weeks, Oct 21st-23rd 2011 at the Park Central Mall (Central Ave. between Thomas and Osborn) in midtown Phoenix. Please sign-up to volunteer as a developer, designer, or analyst at http://azgivecamp.org/Volunteer.aspx.

Special appeal: we need graphic designers! If you’re a pro or amateur, it doesn’t matter. Designers are always the most popular people at any GiveCamp!

Those who participated in the last 2 events already know that AZGiveCamp is the local component of a national event where the software development community comes together to support local charities and non-profits by developing or improving their web sites and applications. It's fun, it's agile, it's geeky, and it's good for the community.

We had a fantastic time at the last 2 events and, in Arizona alone, have helped more than 20 non-profits with their development needs. As someone who has now participated in GiveCamps as both a participant and as an organizer, I can honestly say the experience is very, very, worthwhile.

You can find out more about AZGiveCamp at http://azgivecamp.org and about the national organization at http://givecamp.org.

I am very excited about this event and look forward to working with all of you at AZGiveCamp III.

Tags: , , , | Categories: Event Posted by bsstahl on 10/22/2010 6:42 AM | Comments (0)

The next AZGiveCamp will be held starting January 14th 2011 at the Phoenix campus of Devry University!  Please see AZGiveCamp.org for more details.

Tags: , , | Categories: Event Posted by bsstahl on 10/14/2009 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

The 1st AZGiveCamp organizers meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15th from 6-8pm MST at the Microsoft Phoenix Offices (2929 N. Central Ave. #1400 Phoenix AZ 85012).  If you are interested in helping to organize this event, please sign-up on EventBrite.  To learn more about Give Camp, you can visit http://www.givecamp.org and follow us on Twitter @AZGiveCamp. You can even call us at 623.252.GIVE if you have questions.

The preliminary agenda for our first meeting is as follows. If you have any comments or suggestions on this agenda, please make them by commenting on this post, via Twitter, or by phone above.

Introduction - Gary
Welcome Call-to-order, welcome & introduce Chris Koenig
Opening Remarks from Chris Koenig Brief introduction to GiveCamp and call-to-action.
Purpose of meeting Let everyone know why we are here
Brief update and agenda review Give brief update on where we are, and review the agenda
Around the room for introductions Who are you? What were you hoping to bring to GiveCamp?
Updates - Barry
Review preliminary schedule We are targeting February for the event, but we need to develop a more detailed schedule.
Status of GiveCamp national Review of GiveCamp national, and what they have going on. Make everyone is aware of the regular conference call, legal structure, etc.
Update on status so far Review the work already accomplished including known sponsors (Microsoft, etc), proposed standards, and relationships with other  Camps.
Venue status Review why we think venue is such a big deal, and where we stand.
Technology update Review where we are on azgivecamp.org, etc.
Organizers’ Team Housekeeping - Gary
Propose team structure and vote Review proposed team structure and open for discussion, better ideas, and settle on what we want to do.
Discuss Executive Committee nomination process Solicit volunteers via email and produce ballot for next meeting.
Team volunteers Get volunteers for teams.
Action Items - Barry
Review open issues Share the list of open issues.
Gather new issues Solicit new issues.
Assign issues to team leads Assign the issues we can to the team leads.
Set next Organizers’ meeting Set date/time for next Organizers’ meeting. Encourage team leads to set their own meetings and keep the Organizers Team updated.