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About the hackathon

September 24th-26th
After a rocky year in the world, we're ready to spread some love to help make 2021 a little righter. This year is Webspec's 20th anniversary, and we plan to celebrate by providing a few nonprofits with free web help.

September 24th - 26th, 2021, we'll be hunkering down to work with nonprofits for a crazy weekend of food, drinks, and web work!

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A 20th anniversary event by Webspec

We're a full-service web agency based in Des Moines. We're ready to roll our sleeves up and share our skills with nonprofits in our state and community that need help.

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Calling all nearby 501(c)(3) nonprofit orgs! We'd love to hear from you to learn what kind of web assistance you need. We're accepting applications to get free web work from Webspec during our hackathon. Questions about the event? Learn more about our plans for the weekend hack or contact us if you need assistance.

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What the heck is What the Hack?

What the Hack is a hackathon event put on by Webspec to provide nonprofit organizations with free websites, apps, and digital marketing strategies. September 24th - 26th, 2021, we’ll get together with the nonprofits we select and power through for approximately 48 hours of work on tools our nonprofits will be able to continue using to help their organizations online for years to come. At the end of the weekend, we’ll have a wrap-up to showcase the work we did and enjoy food and drinks with our nonprofit partners.

2021 is our inaugural hack, but we plan to continue making this event even bigger and better in the years to come! So if you’ve missed the application deadline or didn’t get selected for this year’s event, keep your eyes peeled for details about our next event.

I have more questions.

This is a new event, so we understand! Below are the answers to a lot of the common questions we’ve encountered so far. If you aren’t seeing your question in the list, feel free to reach out via our contact form—we don’t bite.

What the Hack will take place September 24th - 26th at Webspec’s office located at 5907 Meredith Dr. We’re conveniently located at the intersection of Urbandale, Johnston, and Des Moines right off the Merle Hay exit of I-80/35. We have a large training space and kitchen, so we’re able to comfortably host all who plan to attend!

Almost all of the events over the course of the weekend will take place in our large training room on the ground floor of our main office. We have restrooms, a full (new!) kitchen, smaller offices and conference rooms, and a few comfy lounge spaces with couches and chairs, so make yourself at home.

In order to have a chance at being selected, we need our nonprofits to have 501(c)(3) status and a clear outline of the types of web tools/help they need so we can pick the projects that will have the biggest payoff for the nonprofits who participate! Here are some additional things we’d like from our nonprofits:
  • In-person availability (from at least one stakeholder) at Webspec’s Des Moines office during the weekend of the event
  • Time available for some short planning meetings in the weeks before the event—we’d like to meet with our nonprofits ahead of time to get a clear picture of their needs and what we can deliver so that once the event comes, we can take your needs and run with them!

We’re accepting applications from nonprofits until August 13th, 2021.

Comfy clothes (if you plan to stay late), any notes about your nonprofit’s existing digital presence & needs, and an appetite! We’ll be supplying all kinds of food and drinks throughout the entire weekend for all who attend.

Nope! Once we get going, our teams will do most of the heavy lifting so that our nonprofit partners can go rest up at night. However, lots of our team members will be working long nights (or all-nighters), so if you’re a night owl, feel free to stick around as late as you like. We’ll have coffee and adult beverages on hand.

We’ll sleep when we’re dead.
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Stay posted about the projects we complete during the event and any additional news or details
about the hackathon! We’ll post new information here.

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General inquiries or concerns? Fill out our general contact form and we’ll get back to you asap.

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We’re excited to get connected with nonprofits to create web solutions for during our event! Fill out the application form below to apply. As a reminder, the application deadline is August 13th, 2021.

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