Designers and developers still needed: Lend your expertise to a nonprofit at this weekend’s CharityHack


Last month we told you about CharityHack, a weekend-long hackathon where designers, developers and creatives will come together to help solve problems for local nonprofits. The event kicks off this Friday at Velocity SI. 

According to one of the event organizers, Campbell Boyer, “There is still room for a few more designers and developers…. The group is excitedly waiting for Friday evening when seven nonprofits and 25 to 30 creatives gather to start hacking together websites, newsletters and digital marketing plans. From design to tactics to development, there will be a great deal of high level giving going on.”

Founder Chris Davis of Social Pilot says, “We have some great developers and designers, but could always use a few more.” You don’t have to stay the whole weekend, he adds. There’s a place on the website that allows you to submit what you can do to help and for how long.

Participating nonprofits include:

  • National Center for Family Literacy
  • LVL1 Hackerspace
  • Jewish Family and Career Services
  • The Berry Center
  • The Louisville Ballet
  • Waterstep
  • 21st Century Parks

Other nonprofits will be part of a hands-on workshop put together by Nick Huhn, digital media expert with Avocado Digital, and Aaron Bacon, of MoDuet web design, and will have the opportunity to be part of an “office hours” type consulting arrangement.

“The office hours format will allow charities to either get a look at what their overall next steps could be, or if they choose, drill down in some special topic,” Boyer says. “We can help them look at what a budget might be, or how to define a project.”

The event will kick off Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Velocity. This is an opportunity for creatives and nonprofits to discuss what is needed … and there will be pizza!

AIGA president Zach Stewart says, “The digital and design community are invited to the planning and getting to know each other session on Friday — that way we can show you how much fun you can have volunteering as part of a great group.”

Sponsors include: Metro United Way, BlueSky, KFC Yum!, Cafe Press, AIGA Louisville, Louisville Digital Association and Velocity SI.

For more information or to sign up, visit the CharityHack website.