Our DevExpress New Year’s Resolution: NYC GiveCamp

Giving everything we’ve got

DevExpress is both proud and honoured to have been asked to lend a hand in the organisation of the NYC GiveCamp over the weekend of January 14th – 16th 2011.

For this event, we are not merely donating resources, we are dedicating manpower and machine learning too! DevExpress has committed to making the event happen in every which way, and both NYC GiveCamp and the local NYC community could really use your help, wherever you can lend it.

GiveCamp - Coding for CharityWhat is GiveCamp?

For those of you not familiar with the GiveCamp concept, it is a full weekend of practically non-stop coding and caffeine.

GiveCamps bring together a group of technology professionals - including developers, designers and DBAs – with charity organisations and not-for-profits. Over the course of one weekend, the developers design and build solutions put forward by the charities. These solutions include websites, donor databases and donation portals, to name but a few.

Sounds like fun, right?!

There’s only one rule: the projects must be completed in a single weekend. At the end of the weekend, all source code is turned over to the charities, and the charities are responsible for the on going maintenance of the project.

But let’s face it, it’s amazing what we can do when management aren’t making changes to the brief every hour Winking smile

How can you help?

DevExpress is working with Microsoft, GiveCamp Across America and local sponsors, to both host the event and refresh all of the volunteers. We’ll have a roof over our heads, courtesy of Rachel Appel at Microsoft New York, and we’ll have an almost endless supply of food and drinks over the course of the weekend, for all of those who volunteer, through donations from local suppliers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to give something back to your local community, meet new people, and have a brilliant weekend to boot.

Code. Caffeine. Your community. What more could you want?

If you’ve never experienced a GiveCamp before and you are in the NYC area, please take this opportunity to get involved and sign up as a volunteer. Bring your co-workers and your late-night coding compadres. Sign up for a few hours or the whole weekend. If you can spare the time, we will have the projects.

Seth, Mehul, Bryan and Bobby are all GiveCamp first-timers, and they’ll be committing their time and skills over the weekend. We can’t wait to get started. Will you join us?

Make giving back to the community one of your New Year’s resolutions – join us at NYC GiveCamp!

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