Dallas, TX – We are pleased to announce another successful We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend this past weekend. 130 volunteers and developers from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Florida met at the fantastic BravoTECH offices in Dallas to build web applications for 20 charities. Some of the charities and many of the developers returned from past years to participate in this weekend’s event. Toi Wright, organizer of the event, did a fantastic job (as usual) of herding her team of business analysts, volunteers, charities and sponsors into a well oiled, application development machine.

Here are some interesting statistics from the event:

  • 120 Volunteers
  • 20 Charities
  • Technologies Used
    • 8 – custom ASP.NET / MVC Applications
    • 7 – Telerik SiteFinity Applications
    • 3 – DotNetNuke Applications
    • 1 – Telligent Graffiti Application
    • 1 – Drupal Application
  • 10 Meals provided
  • 6 Overnight Campers
  • Onsite support from Telerik and Verio
  • Group picture taken of all participants, sponsors,
    charities and volunteers
  • High Points
    • Lots of enthusiasm
    • Great food!
    • Access to charities before the event
    • Active participation by the charities throughout the event
    • Training for devs and charities on DNN, SiteFinity, TFS and Social Media
    • Usage of CMS systems made development easier
    • Meeting and talking with Richard Campbell, Co-host of .NET Rocks!
    • Everyone went home with a a T-shirt, laptop sticker and a photo from the event!
  • Improvement Areas
    • Network bandwidth challenges
    • Competition atmosphere vs. charity/giving atmosphere
    • Access to training before (instead of during) the event
    • Create/partition websites before event (instead of during)

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More pictures, videos and tweets can be found on our site at the #WAM2010 archive page.

All in all, the feedback was very positive from the developers, event staff, volunteers and the charities. We’re really looking forward to putting on another one next year!

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