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Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge returning Nov 17-18 to help Illinois nonprofits create websites they couldn’t otherwise afford

Chicago web developers commit to 24 hours of nerdy deeds done dirt cheap

The Nerdery has opened registration for the second coming to Chicago of its Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, the web development firm’s annual 24-hour event providing pro-bono interactive services to nonprofit organizations. The Nerdery seeks like-minded web professionals to again join in giving their time and talent during the weekend of November 17-18. Nonprofits apply by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their mission through better use of interactive technology.

At last year’s Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge in Chicago, about a hundred web developers and designers freely gave 10 nonprofits well over two-thousand hours of professional services.

Volunteer teams self-organize with 8-10 web pros with team captains recruiting their peers and covering these skill sets: front-end development; back-end development; project management; strategy; UX; graphic design; copywriting; QA. Team applications/rosters must be complete by October 19.

Eligible nonprofits (501c3-registered organizations in IL) must apply by October 19 for the opportunity to lead a team of nerds who’ll help them do what they do – but do better – through enhanced interactive services. After completing their online application, nonprofits’ constituents can post testimonials on good deeds/bad websites.  

Selected development teams and nonprofits will be announced Oct 29. However, volunteer teams and nonprofits won’t know whom they’ll be paired with until just moments before the 24-hour countdown clock begins ticking down at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 17.

The Nerdery Foundation
The Nerdery established The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to advance philanthropic initiatives like The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, at which developers from The Nerdery and throughout the Chicago and Minneapolis interactive communities have donated more than $2.5 million in professional services to 84 Illinois-and-Minnesota-based nonprofits. To sponsor/support nerdy deeds, email

Timeline, 2012 Chicago Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge
  • October 19: Application deadline for volunteers and nonprofits
  • October 29: Selected nonprofits and teams announced
  • November 7: Needy-meets-nerdy pre-Challenge mixer, at The Nerdery’s Chicago office, 300 N Elizabeth St, Chicago
  • November 17-18: The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, at Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 4300 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. This is not a function of Roosevelt University. (There, we had to say that – but we’re stoked to bring our nerdathon to Roosevelt’s Chicago campus.)
About The Nerdery
The Nerdery is a developer driven interactive production shop that partners with creative minds and big thinkers to engineer and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile and social media. Voted by its staff (Nerds) onto multiple top workplace lists, The Nerdery has also made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first five years of eligibility. With offices in Chicago and Minneapolis, The Nerdery’s team of 400+ interactive professionals are collectively versed in every viable development platform and programming discipline. The Nerdery’s technology agnostic development philosophy is backed by a deep toolbox and an ability to help clients see the big picture and make informed decisions that fit their objectives and budget. The Nerdery’s UX team is skilled at helping clients and developers begin their work with a well-realized end in mind, while its QA team is similarly adept at rigorously testing software so interactive projects launch successfully – bug-free and secure.
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