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National Give Camp Days | Oct 21-23 2011

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If you’ve never heard of a give camp you should read into it. The gist of a camp is simple: find charities that need IT solutions, gather up some developers and designers and spend the weekend building solutions.

These camps have seen rising popularity and now Microsoft is throwing some corporate weight behind these events as well. Take a look at the announcement on GiveCamp.org to see what resources Microsoft is offering.

Give Camps are not only a great way for knowledge workers to contribute to their community but it’s a really nice way to make connections with like-minded people. I would encourage everyone to keep an eye out to see if a Give Camp is being organized nearby.

Graciously yours — for the weekend,
-Erik

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Do you have a passion?

As my skill increases in programming I find my creativity dwindling. I used to have big ideas and no ability to see them through. Now that I can do pretty much anything I can think of, I often have a hard time finding inspiration. That was until I started seeing weekend code camps where developers get together and donate their time and skill to fill a need. Seeing that opened my eyes to the possibilities.

Looking around with fresh awareness I see so many instances where charities and non-profits and even individuals are putting everything they have on the line to work for a cause in which they deeply believe. Often these people and groups are doing what they can on small or no budgets. They can’t afford or may not be aware of the amazing tools that are out there for them to use to help them achieve their goals. Simple things could mean the difference between shouting to an empty room and meaningfully connecting with more people.

Find a cause that has personal meaning to you. Getting involved doesn’t have to be an extensive commitment. A small effort on your part could change or even save a life.
-Erik

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I am not affiliated with Give Camp. I’m just a fan.