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.
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.