Richmond Virginia communiTECH hackathon helped six non profits with tech ideas and solutions.

Mark Allen

Aug 03, 2017


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More than 100 volunteers from twenty Richmond area companies came together for a thirty-six hour brainstorming hackathon to benefit six local nonprofits. The six nonprofits, Greater Richmond ARC, Richmond Animal League, Chickahominy Health District, Honoring Choices Virginia, Activation Capital and IT4Causes received web development and technology advice and solutions that the nonprofits could not solve themselves or fix on their own.

The hackathon idea came from a group of Richmond area techies who approached RVATech and suggested the group should host a civic-minded hackathon to help the community. RVATech executive director Robby Demeria thought it was a great idea and said in a recent Richmond-Times Dispatch article on July 30, 2017 that “This is a very broad cross-section of the business community, There are a lot of partners — way more than I would have ever thought we might accomplish.” Some of the volunteers of the twenty companies that participated include Capital One, Genworth Financial and CarMax.

Its nice to see tech industry professionals putting their money where their mouth is. Far too often we see the "civic minded" social media causes in a strictly political light, usually ultra left and usually words over substance or deeds. The hackathon helped one organization launch a website, rebuilt an existing website for another, created a web application for Honoring Choices that allowed facilitators to help online collaborative planning between users and providers, and created a donation portal for Greater Richmond ARC just to name of few of the accomplishments during those two days. This type of "Civic Minded" community involvement is the "right stuff" and represents the type of civic service that technology can provide to the have not's of our great society.