The story behind GiveCamp.

  • 2007

    Birth of an Idea

    Dallas, Texas - The coding-for-charity idea is hatched by Chris Koenig, Developer Evangelist for Microsoft, as a way to channel the raw energy of the software developers to benefit the local community. The concept would eventually be known as GiveCamp.

  • January 2008

    Taking Shape

    Dallas, Texas - Dallas ASP.NET User Group leader Toi Wright organized and ran the first ever event, named "We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend." The event served 18 charities with over 80 volunteers!

  • April 2008

    The Idea Spreads

    Kansas City, Kansas - The second coding-for-charity event, "Coders 4 Charities," is held in Kansas City. Twenty-five volunteers implemented projects for five non-profits.

  • July 2008

    The Idea gets a Name

    Ann Arbor, Michigan - The first GiveCamp-titled event, Ann Arbor GiveCamp, is held at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event, organized by Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jennifer Marsman, had served 15 charities through the help of over 90 volunteers, including remote locations in Columbus, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee.

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