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Web Challenge Awards - Chicago

The Nerdery

Monday, April 28, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Web Challenge Awards - Chicago

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After 24 hours and a couple weeks of fine-tuning, it’s time to properly toast your good work. RSVP to come walk the red carpet at this star-studded event for nerdathon legends.

When: April 28

6-6:30 p.m. –  Eat. Drink. Schmooze w/internet all-stars. Frolic. Repeat.

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Teams present, awards awarded, including: Best Design/UX; Greatest Functionality; Biggest Impact; People’s Choice; Best in Show.

7:30-8 p.m. –  Resume 6-6:30 p.m. activities

Where: Tech Nexus, 20 North Wacker Drive, 12 floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Who: Web Challenge volunteers, nonprofit reps, judges, sponsors. Nonprofits, please bring the people who were there with you at the Overnight Website Challenge, and up to five people total. Teams, represent in full – but no plus-ones, please. RSVP by April 25.

Remember, gotta launch by April 28 (so, midnight April 27) to have a realistic shot at Best In Show.

Awards info:

Four awards result from from the judges’ scoring: Design and User Experience; Functionality; Impact; Best in Show. Scores on Design/UX , Functionality and Impact make up three-fourths of the Best in Show Award, which also includes one final important element: Launch. Teams who’ve launched* by Web Challenge Awards day will receive full marks in that category. Please be done; you’ll be rewarded.

*Your site will be considered launched even if full deployment is delayed by things outside your control (e.g., delayed content entry by the nonprofit or delayed sign off from the nonprofit’s stakeholders or leadership). If a site has not been deployed for reasons beyond the development teams’ control, a URL to a staging site can earn launch points.

Design and User Experience (UX) (100 points)

Does the design and presentation of the site effectively communicate their mission and how to get involved or support them? Would you want to support this organization based on this site?

Is the information on the site presented in a logical way? Is structure and navigation clear and intuitive? Does the site seem easy to use?

Functionality (100 points)

How well were the tools and technology customized and applied to the needs of the nonprofit? Did the team go above and beyond with custom programming to solve unique business needs?

Does it seems like technology was used appropriately? Is the functionality accessible and well targeted at the nonprofit’s audience and constituents?

Impact (100 points)

How will the nonprofit’s ability to execute their mission be improved by the site? Will the site have a clear and quantifiable impact on the nonprofit’s mission? Did the team hear the nonprofits needs and meet them? Has the team prepared the nonprofit to make the most of their new site?

Separately, a People Choice Award will be publicly-tallied on the Overnight Website Challenge Facebook page. At Awards Night, we could have five different winners, or it could be a clean sweep.

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Tech Nexus
20 North Wacker Dr.
12th floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Monday, April 28, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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The Nerdery

The Nerdery ( is an interactive design and development company that partners with creative minds and big thinkers to engineer and execute their websites, mobile and social media apps and other interactive projects. With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City, The Nerdery is professional home of hundreds of web developers, UX designers, QA engineers and other Nerds. Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery has made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first several years of eligibility. At The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, a 24-hour community-service event, hundreds of volunteer web pros have donated millions of dollars worth of interactive services to more than a hundred nonprofit organizations. For year-to-year job growth, The Nerdery was featured in Inc. Magazine’s December 2012 edition as a Hire Power Award recipient. In 2013 The Nerdery won a BOLD Award from the Association for Corporate Growth for embracing a culture of distributed leadership, articulated by the late Luke Bucklin, Nerdery President and co-founder: “Put your business card on the desk in front of you...This card does not define you. You are a Co-President. You are bigger than your defined role...Play your part – transcend your job title, be a hero.” Watch Nerdery CEO Mike Derheim’s Ted Talk, titled “What if everyone at your company was a Co-President?” Moving toward its vision to be the best place in the world for nerds to work, The Nerdery analyzed past decisions to ensure that future choices are grounded in company core values: Constantly push boundaries; Integrity in all circumstances; Win by empowering people; Be humble; Solve problems pragmatically. The Nerdery marked its 10th anniversary in October 2013 by launching a commemorative coin etched with its company core values and vision into space.

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