An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Geeks Giving Back to the Community

Each year there are dozens of large technical conferences where software professionals from around the world converge on a host city to learn about Microsoft technologies, network and build relationships with their peers, and experience the local culture. These events are also a great opportunity for those who are passionate about community outreach to give back. GeekGive was founded on two principals: that others have so little and we techies have so much that we want to give back.

Our inaugural event happened last June at Microsoft Tech*Ed North America in New Orleans. Twenty of us came together the Saturday before Tech*Ed and helped Habitat for Humanity build a house for a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina. It was hot and the work was tiring, but at the end of the day we all knew we had made a significant contribution to the community of New Orleans. We also knew that this this was something we wanted to continue to do at other conferences.

volunteer In less than a month, over a thousand Microsoft MVPs will stream into Redmond, Washington to attend the 2011 Microsoft MVP Global Summit to engage with Microsoft product teams and enjoy the conference fare. This time around, GeekGive has teamed up with Northwest Harvest, a group dedicated to feeding the homeless and disadvantaged, to help feed the hungry in Seattle.

Volunteers will gather for an early breakfast in Bellevue near the Summit hotels and then head out to the group’s food distribution warehouse on buses to help with various food handling chores. We’re not exactly sure what we will be doing, but we do know it will contribute to feeding the hungry. We’ll work until noon and then return back to Bellevue for a group lunch. Volunteers will receive a cool t-shirt and a warm feeling knowing they helped feed the less fortunate of the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to the Microsoft MVP program for underwriting all of the event’s costs.

Come join us on Saturday, February 26 to give back, hang out with your peers, and enjoy the Seattle area a bit more. If you are interested in learning more about GeekGive or want to sign up for this event please visit the GeekGive website.

Authored by:

Steve Andrews
Visual Studio ALM MVP
Paul Litwin
Suzanna Moran
Sr. Community Program Manager

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