Pune 2018

24 February 2018 at REAN Cloud

Welcome to the first ever do_action WordPress Charity Hackathon in India to be held on 24th February 2018 at the offices of REAN Cloud in the heart of Pune.

What is do_action?

It is a one day hackathon where we aim to build WordPress powered digital presence for at least 5 NGOs/Non-profits.

Who can participate?

Each such website will be built by a team of 7-8 people in the following roles:

  • Project Managers
  • Designers/ Graphic Artists
  • Content Writers
  • Social Media Professionals
  • Developers
  • QA Testers

So, if you’re from in and around Pune with some expertise in WordPress, or even just an interest in WordPress, you are very welcome to come down and participate

What do participants get?

You get to come together and

  • Work in teams, learn from each other, and share knowledge and skills,
  • Help extremely worthy local causes benefit by getting an expertly crafted website,
  • Oh, and we’ll have fun and make new friends while we’re about it!

Your meals and refreshments throughout the day will be taken care of and we’ll get you some awesome swag to take back with you.

For NGOs/ Non-profits

If you’re a charity or non-profit organisation you don’t need to allocate some of your already hard-stretched funds for what would probably be a low-budget website. By participating in this event you have the chance to get a well designed and expertly developed new website, created by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of volunteers, for absolutely nothing – freeing up your limited funds to be spent on your primary cause – and in a single day, so no long drawn out projects that sap your time and energy and will be finished “sometime soon”!

Get in at the beginning with this new type of WordPress Community event, which complements the more well-known and established community events, namely MeetUp Groups and WordCamps.

To participate just fill in the application form at the end of this page. (Applications are now closed and we’re selecting the charities for the hackathon.)

At least one representative of your non-profit organisation or charity will have to be present during the hackathon and will be a part of the team building the website. Any representatives will also be given free training on using WordPress through sessions and workshops during the day.

Sponsorships

We’re also looking for sponsors for making this event successful. We expect a participation of about 75 people depending on the number of websites we build during the day. While our venue and internet is already sponsored by REAN Cloud, we’d still need some funds (not a lot) for meals/refreshments, swag, etc to create a great experience for everyone involved.

We’ve worked out the approximate event cost (on the higher side) to be ₹1,50,000 (approx. $2400). Whatever surplus we end up with will be donated to some of the participating charities. As soon as we reach this amount (through individuals or organisations), we will stop accepting sponsors.

It’ll be super convenient for us if a sponsor can directly pay vendors instead of us having to route the funds through our personal accounts (we have no other choice).

Sponsorship != Participation

Unlike WordCamps and conferences, hackathons don’t have a lot of things to do for an audience and we don’t want to create distractions to the building process. That is why sponsoring is not related to participation and there aren’t any free tickets like there are at WordCamps for sponsors and for the same reasons, there aren’t any booths or stalls.

However, sponsors are more than welcome to sign up for various roles in the teams that build the website, just like everyone else or sign up as a volunteer to help out during the event.

Event Sponsors

₹15,000 ($240) + Taxes

OR

₹5,000 ($80) + Taxes + 3 years pre-paid hosting and domain name (5 Nos)*

In return:

  1. You can display 1 standee at the event venue.
  2. We’ll display your logo & branding on a projected screen throughout the event.
  3. We’ll add your logo to the sponsors list on this page.
  4. We’ll make social media announcements before, during and after the event.
  5. You can distribute your custom branded swag to the participants.

To apply:

Fill up this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/I25kUep1Bg8fIBa82 and we’ll get in touch with you soon.

*A lot of individuals as well as companies have shown interest in sponsoring hosting. We’ve had issues at other initiatives in the past when due to personal reasons or lack of communication, the hosting would lapse and we’d have to make some emergency arrangements.

So, this time, we’re going to create a pool of hosting plans for each team to choose from. All the contributors to this pool will get sponsor benefits whether any team ends up using their hosting or not.

Micro-Sponsors

₹1,500 ($24) or more

We wanted to have a way for individuals to be able to contribute to the event cost, not just larger organisations and brands. The minimum amount that makes sense after processing fees, taxes etc is ₹1500 but you can contribute any amount above that on this link: https://www.instamojo.com/saurabhshukla/do_action-microsponsorship/

In return, we’ll add a text link to your website with your name at the bottom of this page, itself. In addition, we’ll thank you in small groups on social media platforms.

We look forward to your participation!

– The Pune WordPress Knowledge Exchange team.

Zurich 2018

24 March 2018 at Liip Arena

The first do_action_zrh Hackathon for Swiss nonprofit organizations will take place in the Liip Arena on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  This will be the first do_action event in Switzerland!

do_action hackathons are community-organized events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local nonprofits in one day.

Role Descriptions

Project Manager –  you’re the glue between the team and the nonprofit organization. You’ll contact the non-profit organization before the day in order to get specific requirements from them and do some pre-planning for the event. You’ll also lead the planning with your team prior to the event and will keep everyone on-task during the event. High-level project goals are your priority.

Web Designer – your job is to devise a design direction for the project that fits the needs and goals of your organization. You’ll then fully develop this direction into a website design. The exact tools and procedures you use to this end are up to you and your team to agree upon.

Web Developer – you will be bringing the website to live by coding the design created by your team’s Web Designer. Whether you base your work on a theme or start off from scratch is up to you and your team to decide and agree upon.

QA Tester – your job will be to make sure that the final product performs well across a number of representative devices and browsers. The tools you use for this purpose are up to you to decide on.

Content Manager – your task will be to work with the content provided by the nonprofit organization. You may have to write some content from scratch as well as adjust existing content. This may include writing CTAs, working on a consistent tone for the entire website, and devising a content strategy and information architecture for the website that your team will be building. You will then populate the new website with the final content.

Bristol 2018

23 February 2018 at DeskLodge
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Not just the first do_action day in Bristol, not just the first do_action day in the United Kingdom, but the very first do_action day in the whole of Europe!!!

Why would you not want to be part of it?!

do_action Bristol is a one day hackathon with the aim of building 5 websites for 5 worthy causes in a single day.

This is a WordPress Community event so all the sites will be built using WordPress. The event will be held on Friday 23 February 2018 at:

DeskLodge,
1 Temple Way,
Bristol,
BS2 0BY.

This is a great opportunity for

  • developers,
  • designers,
  • graphic artists,
  • content editors,
  • SEO and social media specialists, and
  • project managers

from in and around Bristol who have expertise in WordPress, or even just an interest in WordPress, to come together and spend the day

  • working in teams, learning from each another, and sharing knowledge and skills with one another,
  • helping extremely worthy local causes benefit by getting an expertly crafted website,
  • oh, and we’ll have fun and make new friends while we’re about it!

And if you’re a charity or non-profit organisation you don’t need to allocate some of your already hard-stretched funds for what would probably be a low-budget website. By participating in this event you have the chance to get a well designed and expertly developed new website, created by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of volunteers, for absolutely nothing – freeing up your limited funds to be spent on your primary cause – and in a single day, so no long drawn out projects that sap your time and energy and will be finished “sometime soon”!

Get in at the beginning with this new type of WordPress Community event, which complements the more well-known and established community events, namely MeetUp Groups and WordCamps.

Sponsorships

We’re also looking for sponsors to help make this event successful. We expect between 35 and 45 participants all of whom are active WordPress users, designers, or developers. Sponsorship will help provide us with funds to cover the cost of the venue, and to provide meals/refreshments, swag, etc… for participants and to create a great experience for everyone involved.

In return for your generous sponsorship:

  1. You can have representation at the event.
  2. We will provide space to display banners/backdrops and a table to distribute swag and promotional literature.
  3. We’ll display your logo & branding on a projected screen throughout the event.
  4. We’ll add your logo to the sponsors list on this page.
  5. We’ll make social media announcements before, during and after the event.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event then please contact us at: doactionbrs@gmail.com

Photo credit: Andrew Gustar via VisualHunt / CC BY-ND

Cape Town 2018

14 July 2018 at Workshop 17

Our fourth do_action was such a success that we’ll definitely be doing it again. While we don’t have any further details available yet, non-profit organisations can use the form below to apply early. We’ll publish more details on here as we have them confirmed.

Montreal 2017

14 October 2017 at Shopify
do_action_mtl event banner

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! Only those who have signed up below and those we’ve reached out to you via email are confirmed participants for this event. Thanks for all of your support and interest but please, no drop-ins the day of the event unless you’re a confirmed participant!

The first annual do_action_mtl Hackathon for Montreal nonprofit organizations will take place in the Shopify offices on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  This will be the first do_action event in North America.

do_action hackathons are community-organized events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local nonprofits in one day.

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Role descriptions

Project Manager –  you’re the glue between the team and the nonprofit organization. You’ll contact the non-profit organization before the day in order to get specific requirements from them and do some pre-planning for the event. You’ll also lead the planning with your team prior to the event and will keep everyone on-task during the event. High-level project goals are your priority.

Web Designer – your job is to devise a design direction for the project that fits the needs and goals of your organization. You’ll then fully develop this direction into a website design. The exact tools and procedures you use to this end are up to you and your team to agree upon.

Web Developer – you will be bringing the website to live by coding the design created by your team’s Web Developer. Whether you base your work on a theme or start off from scratch is up to you and your team to decide and agree upon.

QA Tester – your job will be to make sure that the final product performs well across a number of representative devices and browsers. The tools you use for this purpose are up to you to decide on.

Content Manager – your task will be to work with the content provided by the nonprofit organization. You may have to write some content from scratch as well as adjust existing content. This may include writing CTAs, working on a consistent tone for the entire website, and devising a content strategy and information architecture for the website that your team will be building. You will then populate the new website with the final content.

Beirut 2017

8 July 2017 at

Beirut’s first ever do_action charity hackathon will be taking place on 8 July 2017, 8:00 – 21:00.

 

At do_action, the Lebanese WordPress community will be building websites for 3 different non-profit organisations in one day.

We have selected the non-profits that we will be working with this year and you can see all of them in the form below. If you would like to participate in the hackathon and work on one of the sites, then please select the non-profit that you would like to work with, select your role on the team, and then fill in your details. Please also make sure you have look at the participant’s guide for some info on how the day will work.

As always, we’re looking for Social Media Managers, Content Managers, Project Managers, Designers, Developers, and Quality Assurance Testers for each of the teams, so if you have any experience managing websites in any capacity then you can participate!

Jo’burg 2017

4 February 2017 at Jozihub

We’re pleased to announce the date for Jo’burg’s first annual do_action WordPress Charity Hackathon that will be taking place on 4 February 2017.

We’re really excited to get the community together for a great cause.

The day will start at 9am with breakfast and a briefing from the project manager. We will then work until 5pm with a lunch being served as well. Drinks and coffee will be available.

Cape Town 2017

15 July 2017 at Workshop 17

With last year’s event being such a success, we’re pleased to announce Cape Town’s fourth annual do_action WordPress Charity Hackathon that will be taking place on 15 July 2017 at Workshop 17.

At do_action, the Cape Town WordPress community will be building websites for 10 different non-profit organisations in one day – all of the sites will be hosted for free for life by Hetzner.

For a sampling of some of the sites built at previous do_action events, have a look here:

We have selected the non-profits that we will be working with this year and you can see all of them in the form below. If you would like to participate in the hackathon and work on one of the sites, then please select the non-profit that you would like to work with, select your role on the team, and then fill in your details. Please also make sure you have look at the participant’s guide for some info on how the day will work.

As always, we’re looking for Social Media Managers, Content Managers, Project Managers, Designers, Developers, and Quality Assurance Testers for each of the teams, so if you have any experience managing websites in any capacity then you can participate!

Cape Town 2016

16 July 2016 at The Bandwidth Barn

This will be the third annual do_action event in Cape Town and the community couldn’t be more excited. We have a nicely varied selection of non-profits this year and we’re looking forward to serving them.

The Cape Town do_action events have traditionally been exciting, entertaining and hugely rewarding – not to mention endlessly beneficial to the non-profit organisations that are involved in the day. This year promises to be even better with a lot of refinements to the process and plenty of great organisations on board.

This year’s event will be taking place as part of the Mandela Day weekend on 16 July 2016 at the Bandwidth Barn in the Woodstock Exchange. Registration starts at 8am and work will begin at 9am.

We are proud to be included as an official Mandela Day action.

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