In just under one week (next Friday, to be exact), the Southern Maryland GiveCamp will kick off, bringing much-needed IT help for 19 charities and non-profits. Over 80 technical volunteers have stepped up to help out, but the team is still slightly short of their goal of 100 technical volunteers.

Can you help? The GiveCamp runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday night, and you don’t necessarily have to commit to the entire weekend to help…can you spare a day? You’ll get fed, have fun with your peers, help some worthy organizations, and have a chance to take home some cool swag and prizes.

Oh, and for those of you who know me, don’t forget that if the GiveCamp reaches 100 technical volunteers who sign up and show up to work, I will be getting a mohawk, on site at the event, and on camera, streamed live. Helping, food, cool swag, fellowship, and a chance to watch a ritual humiliation…what more motivation could any geek require?

Here’s a message from Jim Pendarvis, who’s heading up the GiveCamp:

Dear Mid-Atlantic Community

    During the weekend of March 19th, a unique event is going to take place in St. Mary's City, MD called a give camp.

    GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, or a small data-collection application to keep track of members. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend.

    Currently we have 19 total projects - 17 websites, 1 SharePoint and 1 stand-alone applications - and 82 registered volunteers, but we need more volunteers. We promise food and drink during the weekend. Hotels are offering discounted room rates and as an added bonus, if we get 100 to sign up and show up - Jim Pendarvis is going to shave his head bald. Not good enough, how about Andrew Duthie shaving his into a Mohawk? All of which will be broadcast live, via Ustream, also recorded and posted on YouTube later in the day.

    We'll have gaming systems available for "down" time and some very nice giveaway's on Sunday. Including the gaming systems you'll have your "down" time with.

    We hope you'll consider this event. Please visit our website: www.somdgc.org

Respectfully Yours

Southern Maryland Give Camp

http://www.somdgc.org

Thanks for considering volunteering. Hope to see you next weekend!