2016 Cleveland GiveCamp

Two weeks ago, I was given the chance to give back to our community at the 2016 Cleveland GiveCamp. GiveCamp is a annual event where ~200 programmers and designers get paired with a collection of non-profit organizations to help with their technology needs. Most often, that means a website that allows for donations, contact forms and photo galleries of what the nonprofit does. This was my 5th GiveCamp – I attended in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and (now) 2016.

The weekend started with the fantastic Mark Schumann kicking us off with a fantastic presentation about what GiveCamp is and why it’s awesome. Then, we broke into our teams for dinner and the first bits of project work. I was on Team Y, which meant I didn’t have a project – I was tasked with facilitating and aiding the teams as the weekend progressed.

On Saturday, I spent most of the afternoon and evening (Into Sunday morning) working with the team on [Blossom Hill](http://blossom-hill.org/), working on migrating the web host and setting up backups for WordPress. On Sunday, I started collecting backups of the projects from all the teams, and assisting with any last-minute fires (like Apache redirects gone horribly, terribly wrong).

GiveCamp (as always) was a great experience for me. It’s a weekend where I can do what I love (helping others) combined with technology. In addition, it helps me to recenter my focus for the year. Being around so many nonprofits and technology folks has a way of energizing me for the coming winter months. I’ve always made a new friend at GiveCamp, even if I only see them once a year _at_ GiveCamp.

GiveCamp 2017 planning will be underway soon, so go follow @clegivecamp and keep posted on when signups for 2017 are open!

Here is a collection of Tweets (and the video) from this year:

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