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GiveCamp Central California is now GaveCamp!

We started on Friday night and went through Sunday, though nobody actually stayed all night. Teams of students from Alex Liu's software engineering class at Fresno State had already been meeting with the Non Profits to do requirements analysis.

There were five NPOs involved, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hands On Central California, Fresno Metro Ministries, Fresno Barrios Unidos and Central California Legal Services, with projects ranging from web site redesign to iPhone/Android apps. About a dozen volunteer developers came, mostly from around here but some from Merced and one person drove down from San Francisco. The student groups continue to work with the NPOs to finalize the projects. The response was uniformly positive with everyone already talking about doing it again.

This seems to have been the first successful GiveCamp in California. Apparently, the San Francisco one recruited developers but never connected with the NPOs and never happened. LA is still planning. Microsoft ran out of money (who knew?) so this was put together entirely with local resources. It gave developers and students insight into local needs and the NPOs started thinking about what they needed and made connections with local developers.

And, oh yeah, it was a lot of fun.
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(And if you thought this looks like fun, get ready for 59DaysOfCode)



What is GiveCamp?
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamp program has provided benefits to hundreds of charities, worth millions of dollars of developer and designer time in services!

During GiveCamp, developers are welcome to go home in the evenings or camp out all weekend long. There are usually food and drink provided at the event. There are sometimes even game systems set up for when you and your need a little break! Overall, it’s a great opportunity for people to work together, developing new friendships, and doing something important for their community.

At GiveCamp, there is an expectation of “What Happens at GiveCamp, Stays at GiveCamp”. Therefore, all source code must be turned over to the charities at the end of the weekend (developers cannot ask for payment) and the charities are responsible for maintaining the code moving forward (charities cannot expect the developers to maintain the codebase).


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