World-class coding skills can do more than build the best job board platforms on the planet! And our brilliant development team proved that this weekend. On Saturday, January 20, we hosted a special .NET event where a team of incredible, talented volunteers spent the day ‘coding for the greater good’ on the Humanitarian Toolbox allReady project.
The Humanitarian Toolbox builds sustainable software that is provided, free of charge, to charities and humanitarian organizations. Anyone can contribute, and anyone can use the software. The allReady project brings together organizers and volunteers to make managing campaigns more efficient and effective. The American Red Cross used the first version of the software to help them deploy and maintain free smoke alarms in homes across the Chicago area.
Organized by our developer Community Lead (and Microsoft MVP!!) Steve Gordon, the event was supported by several Madgex developers keen to put their advanced coding skills to good use.
Richard Campbell, one of the Humanitarian Toolbox co-founders and co-host of the popular .NET Rocks Podcast was joined by a team of 21 volunteers on the day. This was a great turnout and it meant a lot of work was completed in a short space of time.
Taking place across our meeting space at Madgex HQ, Richard started with a brief introduction, sharing the history behind Humanitarian Toolbox and the goals of the allReady project. Volunteers listened with rapt attention and it was fantastic to have Richard share his passion and energy for the charity he founded.
With introductions out the way the team of volunteers quickly got to work, choosing issues to work on and producing code to address them – only taking time out to indulge in pizza at lunchtime.
In total, 30 issues within the project were addressed and fixed! This was close to a record for a single day of coding at a Humanitarian Toolbox event. Of those 30 issues, 18 were reviewed and merged during the day, which means that code is already active in the project and already making a difference.
We’re all very proud of Steve for organizing such a successful event and would like to thank all the volunteers who contributed to such a worthy cause. Steve’s already thinking about how we can arrange future events to continue the good work. Here’s to the next one!