The first annual Website Thru The Nite is in the books!
From noon on Saturday (1.21-1.22) to noon on Sunday, six volunteer geek teams raced to build websites for East-Central Indiana nonprofits that would otherwise not have a site. They only had 24 hours to turn the materials given to them by their nonprofit organization into sparkling new websites. Sprinkled throughout the marathon were meals and snacks provided by Crestview/Mulligans, Pizza King, Jack’s Donuts, Dairy Queen, A-1 For Fun and No Crumbs Left Behind. By the end of the day (and night), websites for Philips Outdoor Center, Yorktown Council of the Arts, Muncie Young Professionals, Children’s Clothing Center, Youth Symphony Orchestra and Christian Ministries went live!
It wasn’t all work, no play. When it was time to take a break, geeks could play with Play-doh and slinkys, practice paddleball or play cornhole in the lobby using boards from eKeeper Systems. If things got really tough, Muncie Massage helped knead some of the stress away, or tired geeks could take a quick nap on the comfy chairs and couches from Gill Bros. Furniture. At midnight we had a war tournament and the winner walked away with a gift certificate to Escape Muncie.
But the event wasn’t finished yet. From noon on Sunday, January 22 to noon on Sunday, January 29, people could vote for their favorite site by donating to the charity using the site’s PayPal extension. Every dollar equaled one vote. By the end of the week, Children’s Clothing Center was announced the winner of this year’s #WTTN, and the team was awarded the traveling trophy to keep until next year’s events. (Save the date, January 20-21, 2018)
Other awards were also handed out. The Christian Ministries team won the Exceeding Innovation award for thinking outside the box, and the Muncie Young Professionals group won the MVG (Most Valuable Geek) award for staying cool under some serious pressure. Though there is only one trophy, every geek is a winner in our eyes.
Spotted Monkey had a fun time at the event, too! We took many, many pictures for social media, and used our new Website Thru The Nite Snapchat filter to chronicle in-the-moment fun. Ashli, our Head of Monkey Business, worked her magic with Wordpress during some of the trickier stages of web maintenance.
All in all, the first annual Website Thru The Nite raised money for local nonprofits and churned out 6 new, amazing websites. We are looking forward to next year’s event!