Montreal 2018

20 October 2018 at Shopify
do_action_mtl happening on 20 October

do_action_mtl is back for a second instalment! This year’s hackathon for Montreal non-profit organizations will take place in the Shopify offices on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

do_action_mtl is a community-organised hackathon focussed on using WordPress to give local non-profit organisations their own online presence. The one-day event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites or improve existing sites for a number of local organisations.

Participating organizations will also get advice on how to best manage content and promote their vision to the communities they serve.

Websites created at our first hackathon:

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Applications for hackathon teams are now closed. We can’t wait to see all registered participants on 20 Oct!


do_action_mtl est de retour pour une deuxième édition! Cette année, le hackathon pour les OBNL Montréalais se tiendra dans les bureaux de Shopify, le samedi 20 octobre, 2018.

do_action_mtl est un hackathon organisé pour et par la communauté et sert à créer un site WordPress pour un organisme à but non lucratif leur donnant ainsi une présence sur le Web. Cet événement d’une journée rassemblera les membres de la communauté WordPress dans le but de planifier et de bâtir de tout nouveaux sites ou d’améliorer des sites existants pour une sélection d’OBNL locaux.

Les organisations participantes recevront aussi des astuces pour mieux gérer leur contenu numérique et partager leur vision avec les groupes qu’elles desservent de façon plus efficace.

Sites créés à notre premier Hackathon:

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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 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.


Participation expectations

There will be a planning period prior to the hackathon. Project managers are expected to communicate with their non-profit’s representative prior to the event and discuss things like hosting, content, scope. Teams will be able to communicate using Slack as well as any other method they prefer (phone, in-person meeting etc.).

Day of the event – you’ll be expected to arrive by 8:45am and hack until 5pm, demos will take place from 5:30-6pm. We’ll provide food (breakfast, lunch, snack) and lots of coffee +tea.