Seattle GiveCamp Background and History

The first Seattle GiveCamp hackathon was held on January 14-16, 2011 in the Microsoft Commons. Since that first gathering of volunteers and nonprofits, Seattle GiveCamp has become a regular annual event, occuring every October at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. In recent years, we have consistently attracted over 100 volunteers. In fact, for the last three years, we had to close volunteer registration several weeks early because of an overabundance of generous volunteers. Since that first event in January of 2011, we have delivered over a 150 completed projects. This page helps to document our history.


Seattle GiveCamp 2019

During the weekend Oct 18-20, 2019, around 75 volunteers (plus 10 support volunteers) completed solutions for 10 wonderful nonprofits.


Seattle GiveCamp 2018

In 2018, around 125 volunteers worked on solutions for 12 amazing non-profits.

Organization Brief Project Description
La Leche League of Washington Migrate Drupal website to WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, or a similar website platform.
Northwest Green Chemistry Replace Google Sheets-based tool for workflow with a better solution and integrate with their SquareSpace website.
Seattle Ladies Choir WordPress website makeover. Current design is quite old.
Southwest Seattle Historical Society Create walking tour of small museum as single page application within WordPress website.
Solid Ground Take prototype of text-alerting system created using SharePoint, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, complete it and move it into production. The creator of the prototype will be part of the team.
Image Journal Create mobile app (iOS and Android) using progressive web app (pwa) technology.
Seattle Theatre Group Create web-based game that low-income community members would use to reveal a discount code to win free tickets to STG performances.
Street Youth Ministries Debug and fix and enhance existing client management system built using MySQL (or SQL Server) and ASP.NET.
Zero Waste Washington Create responsive web-based counting program for litter counting project. The scope is to create a prototype that might eventually become a mobile app at a later date (or GiveCamp).
St. Stephen Housing Association Redesign and migrate custom website to WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, or a similar website platform.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation WordPress redesign or perhaps migrate site to Wix or SquareSpace to make easier to maintain.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens Rare Plant Care and Conservation Migrate Microsoft Access-based database to SQL Server and connect to ASP.NET-based website. Link existing Access user interface to SQL Server tables.


Seattle GiveCamp 2017

In 2017, we decided to try an experiment and work exclusively on mobile apps. It was a learning experience but we did produce a number of great mobile apps for worthy organizations.

Organization Brief Project Description
Queen Anne Food Bank A mobile app to allow organizations and individuals to donate food.
Financial Empowerment Network A mobile app to find resources for FEN’s clients.
Volunteer Park Trust The Volunteer Park Walking Tour mobile app.
Northwest School for the Deaf A tutoring and evaluation app that teachers and students use on tablets.
Operation Sack Lunch An app for matching donors to donate food to OSL.


Seattle GiveCamp 2016

Here are the non-profit organizations and a brief summary of the workplan for the 24 non-profits prior to the start of Seattle GiveCamp 2016.

Organization Brief Project Description
One Equal Heart Foundation A new website that better explains our mission and programs.
YWCA Seattle, King, and Snohomish We hope a volunteer team will help build an embeddable map of Washington featuring housing projects that were supported by the state’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Housing Development Consortium Build a CRM to better access and catalog our diverse member base.
Somali Youth and Family Club Build a website.
Transitions Case Management System and a Service Delivery System.
Seattle Healthy Kids Coalition Need to jump start a social media presence (web site, FB, Twitter) for an emergent Seattle-based coalition.
Washington Healthcare Access Alliance Web and mobile-accessible health care resource page that can easily be updated by staff.
Healthy Food America We would like to have an educational game built that we can use to both recruit supporters and help people learn about the actions they can take to knock sugar back to healthy levels.
Sibling House Build a new website.
Soccer2Unite Build a new WordPress website.
Bike Works Website refresh and update.
Washington State Parks Foundation Add a trip report system to existing SGC-built website.
Circle of Children New WordPress website.
True Grace Covenant Organizations Reaching People Services Migrate website to WordPress and fine tune.
Recovery Cafe Create a web-based time-tracking system.
Neurology Vocational Services Unit Refactor and improve efficiency and user interface of existing Access database.
Global Visionaries Build WordPress website.
Out In Front Seattle Website redesign.
SCIDpda Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority Refactor and improve efficiency of existing Access database for Congregate Meal Program.
Amara Creating S.T.A.R. (Strong, Tough And Resilient) Mentorship Program designed to connect adopted youth with adult adoptees and adults who have aged out of the foster care system.
Ventures Build an online directory of our client-businesses that is fully navigable by the public, searchable, and filterable.
Tiny Trees Preschool We would like to install and customize an online database (Salesforce or equivalent wordpress plugin) to manage our online registration system.
Athletes for Kids Detect security vulnerabilities in our web site and apps. Alternately, use SalesForce to create online Mentor & Mentee system.
Northwest Harvest Create a website to match growers to food banks and allow them to communicate.


Seattle GiveCamp 2015

When/where: October 3-5, 2015 at Microsoft Commons, Redmond, WA.
Co-leaders: Paul Litwin and Suzanna Litwin.
Planning Committee: Mike Roshak, Sabra Goldick, Charlie Rundles, Adrienne Kreft, Rena Cummings, Julie St. George, Claire Petersky, Edmund Tse, Sujith Gowda.

About 200 volunteers helped to build solutions for 25 non-profit organizations:


Seattle GiveCamp 2014

When/where: October 3-5, 2014 at Microsoft Building 37, Redmond, WA.
Leader: Mike Roshak.
Planning Committee:Paul Litwin, Suzanna Litwin, Sabra Goldick, Charlie Rundles, Edmund Tse, Sujith Gowda.

About 140 volunteers helped to build solutions for 20 non-profit organizations:


Seattle GiveCamp 2013

When/where: October 11-13, 2013 at Microsoft Commons, Redmond, WA.
Co-leaders: Paul Litwin and Suzanna Litwin.
Planning Committee:Michael Roshak, Charlie Rundles, and Sabra Goldick.

About 125 volunteers helped to build solutions for these 20 non-profit organizations:


Seattle GiveCamp 2012

When/where: October 19-21, 2012 at Microsoft Commons, Redmond, WA.
Leader: Ruth Walter.
Planning Committee: Paul Litwin, Suzanna Moran, Michael Roshak, David Rogers, and Sabra Goldick.

About 80 volunteers helped build solutions for these 17 non-profit organizations:


Seattle GiveCamp Fall 2011

When/where: October 21-23, 2011 at Microsoft Commons, Redmond, WA.
Leader: Paul Litwin.
Planning Committee: Eduardo Jezierski, Bridget Lewis, David Rogers, Karl Shifflet, Ruth Walther, Suzanna Moran, and Kerry Gates-Nunn.

About 90 volunteers helped create solutions for these 17 non-profits:


Inaugural Spring 2011 Seattle GiveCamp

When/where: January 14-16, 2011 at Microsoft Commons, Redmond, WA.
Leader: Ali Denali.

About 80 volunteers helped these 15 non-profits: