Philly GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for nonprofit organizations. For example, this custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members or an application to manage a pool of volunteers.
Philly GiveCamp was established in 2010 by Danilo Diaz and has been held annually at Microsoft’s offices in Malvern, PA since then. Philly GiveCamp became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2014. The Philly GiveCamp Board of Directors is comprised of Danilo Diaz, Will Heineman and Megan Corcoran.
Any 501(c)(3) can apply to participate in Philly GiveCamp. Accepted nonprofits will be matched with a project liaison prior to the Philly GiveCamp weekend who will help them shape their project and answer any critical questions to ensure the weekend is a success. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend.
For volunteers, Philly GiveCamp provides a unique opportunity to connect with the local tech community. A typical GiveCamp weekend draws 75 to 100 volunteers. Individuals can work with their colleagues in company teams or they can opt to be matched with fellow volunteers who have complementary skill sets. Roles for technical and nontechnical volunteers are available.
At Philly GiveCamp, there is an expectation of “What Happens at Give Camp, Stays at Give Camp”. Therefore, all source code must be turned over to the nonprofits at the end of the weekend (developers cannot ask for payment) and the nonprofits are responsible for maintaining the code moving forward (nonprofits cannot expect the developers to maintain the codebase).
Would you like to be part of this experience? Applications are open for nonprofits and volunteers! We hope you’ll join us at the next event. Philly GiveCamp is in need of sponsors to contribute to the next Philly GiveCamp event.