GiveCamp Memphis

Working with Jonathan on the site while Douglas geeks out

This past weekend was my second GiveCamp Memphis, held downtown at Emerge Memphis. If you’re not familiar with GiveCamp, it’s a weekend-long geekfest with a mission. The event unites technology experts with nonprofits who need technology solutions.

Projects ranged from complex online tracking systems to databases to a brand-new WordPress site over the course of the weekend. Beginning Friday night at 5:00 p.m. and ending Sunday at 6:00 p.m., our team put in more than 30 hours on a new site for the Clark Opera Memphis Center, a stylish, contemporary rental space that helps fund the opera company. General Director Ned Canty and Artistic Administrator Jonathan Ealy wanted a clean, tasteful site that highlights the facility’s beautiful clean lines and lets the event photography speak for itself.

See the Clark Opera Memphis site here.

My happy visitors

Other teams worked on sophisticated web applications and database-driven projects that I couldn’t begin to explain. Several participants actually slept at Emerge and two search engine optimization (SEO) experts on our team spent the wee hours laying out a impressive and comprehensive plan to boost the site’s search rankings.

It’s a lot of hours sandwiched in between two work weeks, but the time flew as I spent two-and-a-half days doing what I love best; teaching people about social media and working with WordPress — the icing on the cake is getting to do it for nonprofits.

It wasn’t all work and no play — our daughter Sara Ann and her boyfriend, Ethan dropped in for dinner and a visit.

And we were rewarded with this beautiful sunset.

Sunset from the roof of Emerge Memphis

Sunset from the roof of Emerge Memphis

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