GiveCamp – Memphis tech at its best


This weekend at CoWork Memphis, Tennessee Data Commons worked with Memphis’ most talented and community-minded developers at GiveCamp Memphis.

GiveCamp Memphis is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers, and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamp Memphis program has provided benefits to over 150 charities, with a value of developer and designer time exceeding $1,250,000 in services.

Sunday morning standup!
Sunday morning standup!

Data Commons was one of six non-profits to participate in GiveCamp 2015. Projects ran from simple WordPress sites to more complex systems.

A team of GiveCamp developers and designers worked with TNDATA’s Brad Montgomery to link the Data Commons behavior content management system through a RESTful API to an Android frontend, then jumpstarted our Android UX to Material Design. In addition, a team of WordPress developers gave our public site a good scrubbing!

The Volunteer Odyssey team
The Volunteer Odyssey team

The Have A Standard Foundation received a new Axure-based prototyping system. Ty Cobb, Have A Standard director and the mastermind behind the Crossfire Commandos, said this during the Crossfire demo:

“I’ve spent a career going to meetings where folks make plans that never happen. GiveCamp is the opposite of that! This weekend, GiveCamp listened to what our organization hoped to accomplish and then weighed in and built us something that just works! In my opinion, GiveCamp is a perfect example of why Memphis is awesome.”

We agree, Ty. We agree.

Thanks to all the GiveCamp Memphis organizers and participants. Special thanks to the Data Commons teams:
Android. Daniel Lissner, Jonathan Less, Jeff Walker, Forrest Williams, Dana Man, Angela Moyler, Douglas Starnes
WordPress. Scott Finney, Beth Sanders, George Spake