Toi Wright has just updated the We Are Microsoft web site for registration to the 2008 We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend. As we did last year, we’re putting together this event to enable developers to give back to their local communities by donating their time and [developer|designer|dba] talents towards building applications for charities and non-profits. We don’t yet have a listing of the charities we’ll work with in Dallas, but you can visit the We Are Microsoft web site and register, telling us about your skills and interests, and allowing us to put you on the We Are Microsoft event mailing list. There’s also a blog there now too so you can keep up using your favorite RSS reader.
Last year’s event was very successful - 85 developers working with 18 charities over 3 days with a total of 125 people involved. This year, we’re hoping to expand that to over 100 developers working on at least 20 charities over the same 3-day weekend. Although you can register as an individual developer and we’ll be happy to assign you to a team, we also suggest that you look to your friends, co-workers, and relatives to put together your own team to work with the charity of your choice. Last year we had several teams come to the event together, including Pariveda, Telligent, and Sogeti. This year we’re hoping to engage more teams from more companies to show their corporate spirit and goodwill towards the non-profit community of Dallas.
The event was so popular last year, that it’s become a nationwide phenomenon! To better support a much larger geography, we’ve also created a brand around the event – GiveCamp. You can visit the GiveCamp website at http://www.givecamp.org to learn more GiveCamp, get a listing of past and upcoming events and even get some tips for running your own GiveCamp-style event!
So – get out to http://www.wearemicrosoft.com and register for the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend!!!