Although I work at Microsoft, I have no control over how they spend their money. It was therefore really nice to hear that the “powers that be” in Microsoft Corporate have really grown to LOVE the GiveCamp idea, and are now working to make sure everyone knows about it.

At GiveCamp.org, we’ve been really fortunate to see the idea of Developers Helping Charities through GiveCamp grow astronomically all over the US and now into other parts of the world! Those that have been involved in organizing events know that it takes a lot of time, dedication, resources and patience to get everything organized and laid out for a successful event.   Pulling all of this together is a non-trivial task, and takes a concerted effort from many volunteers to make it work.  In an effort to make the organizer’s job easier, Microsoft is stepping up to the plate in a big way with something we’re calling the National Day of GiveCamp.  Scheduled for January 14-16, 2011, to coincide with the MLK National Holiday, the National Day of GiveCamp will be a single day where GiveCamp events will be run simultaneously in multiple cities all over the US.

The key part of Microsoft’s contribution is around solving the 2 biggest hurdles to new GiveCamp events – location and sponsorships. To that end, Microsoft is working with venue sponsors New Horizons and Devry University to provide accessible facilities in your hometown so that you don’t have to worry about locating a venue.  They’re also working with a number of food and beverage sponsors to help take care of feeding the campers as well as keeping them well caffeinated during the long weekend of coding.  Microsoft is also offering up some free GiveCamp branded t-shirts to commemorate this special day.

There are already a number of GiveCamps lined up to participate in this special event including Dallas (Dallas GiveCamp) Springdale (NWA GiveCamp), Albany (TechValley GiveCamp), Nashville (Nashville GiveCamp) and Seattle (Seattle GiveCamp).   If you live in an area that doesn’t have a GiveCamp already, or would like to make your event part of our National Day of GiveCamp, just drop me a line at givecamp@live.com and we’ll get you hooked up!

I can’t wait to see all of this happen, and I’m really excited about being part of such an amazing event!  Stay tuned to http://givecamp.org for more details as they evolve!

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5 Responses to Microsoft Helping to Launch National Day of GiveCamp

  1. Gerhard Weiss says:

    National Day of GiveCamp from January 14-16, 2011 overlaps with CodeMash (www.CodeMash.org) January 12-14, 2011. CodeMash happens in northern Ohio, which will put a big drain on Ohio and the surrounding states participation. I know a lot of the Michigan community leaders and developers attend CodeMash. It would be nice to have another weekend but I am sure getting a weekend that does not have something going on somewhere in the US is probably pretty tough.

    Gerhard Weiss
    Secretary at Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group

    • GiveCamp says:

      Understood – I wish there was one good weekend, but you’re right – it is tough to find a good time. These dayes were picked to coincide with the MLK holiday, which has become assocayted with a national day of volunteering. That concept and GiveCamp just seemed to fit together real well. I’m very proud of the strong support given to GiveCamp by the Michigan and Ohio developer communities, and I know their events will continue to be among the finest GiveCamp events in the US.

      Cheers!
      Chris

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