FAQs for Developers

Frequently Asked Questions


Will types of apps will we be developing?

This year things are going to be different: We will only be accepting proposals for mobile apps in 2017. And we will be using the Xamarin mobile development platform.

I'm not an experienced mobile developer. Or I have developed mobile apps but not using Xamarin. Will there be a place for me?

Online and in-person traning on the Xamrin mobile platform will be avialable prior to the event. In addition, each team will be led by an experienced Xamarin dev.

Do I have to buy any software to participate?

No. Everything we will be doing will be possible using free Microsoft tools. We will be asking you to dowload and install the software prior to Oct 6. And you will be able to using the Xamarin toolset that runs on both Windows and Mac OS.

Do I have to use the Xamarin toolset?


Will there be wireless internet available?


Will there be food and drink or do I need to bring my own?

We will have lots of food and drink. Expect munchies, soda, coffee, pizza, etc. If you are on site for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, you will not go hungry! See agenda page for meal info. If you have any unusual food/drink requirements, we have made every effort to accommodate you but you are also welcome to supplement by bringing your own stuff! Note: we will have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

How late can we stay?

You can stay all night but you do not have to. There are limited access to showers in the mornings.

Will there be whiteboards available for our use?


When do you have to finish by?

Sunday mid-day-ish.

What about parking?

We got you covered! You can park for free in the Microsoft parking garage. See location page for more info.

Can I pick the project I work on?

Maybe. We are still working out the specifics on the team assignments.

How much time do we have to code?

The whole weekend! The main event starts Friday evening and GiveCamp staff will be on-site 24/7 to help support you. You can stay the whole time or leave and return.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Yes. We will NOT be providing computers for people to work on. Bring your Windows or Mac laptop to the event.

What will the work environment be like?

Fun & Exciting!

Will I learn anything during the weekend?

We can't imagine not learning something.

So, after the weekend is done, will I have to support the app?

No!The idea is that you are done on Sunday. However, if you like what your organization is doing and wish to continue to help them after GiveCamp, we won't stop you, but any arrangements are between you and the nonprofit organzation.