Lansing GiveCamp 2010

For the second year in a row, geeks came together in Lansing for the weekend to code for charity at the Lansing GiveCamp.  The event was again held at the Impression 5 Science Center

(If you’re not familiar with the concept of a GiveCamp, check out or the various posts at 


One new idea that they implemented this year in conjunction with GiveCamp was GetCamp, a special series of sessions offered to the nonprofit organizations on using PR, marketing, and social media to benefit their organizations.  This micro-conference was held on Saturday for the non-profit organizations, while the developers were busy coding. 

There were 110 developers registered.  Between developers, volunteers, and non-profits, there were 127 total people in attendance! 

There were 15 projects, using a variety of platforms:Working

  • 6 DNN
  • 3 Ruby
  • 2 ASP.NET
  • 4 Joomla

The following 15 nonprofit organizations were served:

  • Village Summit
  • MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan
  • Michigan Capital Celiac/DH Group
  • Animal and Nature Guardians Educational Legacy
  • Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP)
  • Special Olympics Michigan - Area 8
  • Adapt Michigan
  • Capital Area United Way
  • The Nature Conservancy (Michigan Chapter)
  • Junior League of Lansing
  • Inner City Impact
  • Sleep Tight
  • Women's Center of Greater Lansing, Inc.
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Capital Area Humane Society

I participated as a developer on the project for the Michigan Capital Celiac/DH Group.  Dennis Burton was the team lead.  We worked on an ASP.NET WebForms site that is used by the nonprofit's administrators to manage memberships (including renewing them and finding ones that are about to expire to send reminder notices) and send the newsletter with information on gluten-free diets, including recipes and restaurants that provide gluten-free food.  The nonprofit representative, Greta deWolf, was so sweet to work with and excited to use her new site! 

It was so much fun to camp out there coding all weekend!  We seriously feasted like kings…more food arrived every couple of hours.  Betsy Weber brought her signature cupcakes with a cute “Give Camp” theme.  Major nom noms:


Microsoft is proud to be a sponsor of GiveCamp, along with the other fabulous sponsors

Finally, organization of a multi-day event requires a lot of work.  Thanks to the amazing team that made the Lansing GiveCamp happen: Jeff McWherter, Carla McWherter, Julielyn Gibbons, Betsy Weber, Jennifer Middlin, and Jay Harris

To close, this is one of my favorite tweets from the weekend (from my teammate Dennis):

How much difference does give camp make? You be the judge. Old Site: New Site: #lgc10

See for yourself…here is the “Before” of the NAACP website:


Here is the “After”:


It’s pretty amazing what a bunch of geeks can do in a weekend.  :) 



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