Just a quick note to say that, if everything goes to plan, I’ll be attending GiveCampUK at UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus in London on the 21st to the 23rd of October.

From GiveCamp.org.uk:

GiveCamp was founded by Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Chris Koenig, in Dallas, Texas in 2007. His vision was to bring together passionate developers and local charitable organisations for an entire weekend, and see what would happen.

What happened was more than could have been expected. Over $1,000,000 worth of developer services were donated to more than 150 charities and non-profits over the next 4 years. Since then GiveCamps have popped up all over the USA.

And now, GiveCamp is coming to the UK.

The UK’s first GiveCamp is set to be offering around £120,000 in developer services.

I have never done something like this before so it will be a valuable experience. At the very least, it will provide a bunch of charities the means to do their work more effectively. These charities don’t have the budgets to afford the development of the kind of bespoke IT systems many for-profit entities take for granted.

Two days seems short, but I’m sure a lot will get done.

FYI: GiveCampUK is still looking for a couple more companies to sponsor the event. Let them know if you’re interested.

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