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Baltimore GiveCamp 2013

Registration is the first step in a magnificent experience! Registration for various positions close at different times (please refer to the Baltimore GiveCamp Guide for specific deadlines).

DO NOT DELAY!!

It is very important that you register as soon as possible to secure your position at Baltimore GiveCamp 2013.

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For Volunteers

You can make a difference in your community!!

There is a Maryland area nonprofit that needs your skills on a GiveCamp team.

A Baltimore GiveCamp is a huge opportunity for you to give back to your community! This is a marathon of all marathons that you as a technical, or non-technical, person can be involved. We're looking for everyone; we want the code ninja and the n00b. Designers, database administrators, quality assurance pros, "average users" who like to break things, mobile application enthusiasts, chair-lifters and swag-organizers, network systems administrators, web developers, generic code monkeys, social media and digital communication specialists, and software architects, plus a whole lot more.

Technical Volunteers

Baltimore GiveCamp has a need for many technical volunteers as well as non-technical professional volunteers. GiveCamp is language and technology agnostic, and although a familiarity with certain technologies is useful for many of the projects, it is not a requirement.

Baltimore GiveCamp has many technical volunteer roles to be filled. Some of them are as follows:

  • Developers
  • Technical Team Leaders
  • Graphic Designers
  • Database Developers
  • Database Administrators
  • and more...

Be a part of this magic by registering Today!

Non-Technical and Professional Volunteers

WE NEED YOU TOO! We are looking for people to help with all aspects of Project Management, Business Analysis, Organization, Logistics, Registration, CampKids, and many more opportunities. For many that are in professional roles as analysts or managers, we are looking for your help. For many that just want to lend a hand and make this a success, we are looking for you too! There are many roles to fill and you can make a huge difference in the community by lending your time to this effort.

Baltimore GiveCamp has many professional and non-technical volunteer and roles to be filled. Some of them are as follows:

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Social Media Advisors
  • Document Specialists
  • Logistics Volunteers
  • CampKids Volunteers
  • and more...

Be a part of this magic by registering Today!

How to Get Involved and What to Expect

"Make a difference" by first discovering how you can help. Determine your level of participation that you would like to contribute. GiveCamp is a great experience and you will get out of it what you feel you can put into it. Some of the roles at Baltimore GiveCamp can have secondary roles available. If you would like to help out in additional ways beyond your primary role, you can elect to do so during registration by choosing a secondary role. The primary and secondary roles are designed not to overlap, so there should be minimal impact on your primary role if you choose a secondary.

Our team works for months prior to the GiveCamp Weekend event getting to know project needs, assigning technical team leaders, matching volunteers to teams, and generally planning the whole event. This allows us to connect the right people to the right roles. The overall schedule and significant days for GiveCamp can be found on the Baltimore GiveCamp Guide.

Depending on your role (or roles), you may have different expectations. But in general, the Baltimore GiveCamp is an event where you spend as much time as you are able to devote to the effort. As much as you can or as little as you have will all be beneficial to the overall success of the event.

GiveCamp is a volunteer based event. Volunteers are only expected to be devoted to the effort at hand and the times allocated (with the exception of some analysts and lead roles that may need additional time in between events). Thus - "What Happens at GiveCamp, Concludes at GiveCamp". There is no continued development or support by the volunteers expected beyond the weekend. However, we highly encourage you to get to know your nonprofit representatives well and you might just find a conviction in your heart to help them in the future.

Once GiveCamp is complete, we trust that you will have made an impact on your community. We also trust that you will have created new relationships with people that share your interests, passions, and convictions.

Since our GiveCamp encompasses multiple events as well as the actual GiveCamp weekend, decide where you will be most beneficial or just simply want to be a part. Below are listed the three GiveCamp events and the type of volunteers that we feel are necessary for those events

Business Analysis Day
Saturday June 8 2013 at 9:00 AM at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum MD.

This part of the GiveCamp is all about project requirement analysis. If you are a Business Analyst or Project Managers, this is your chance to jump right in.

The event will open at 9 am and will continue through the day until around 5 pm. The event is for Business Analysts and Project Managers and there is no specific need for technical developers or technical leads during this event. Logistics Volunteers are welcome to attend to help out with any logistics we might need. Business Analysts will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with nonprofit representatives to gather detailed requirements on their dreams for Baltimore GiveCamp weekend.

For Business Analysis Day, the following volunteer roles are needed:

  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Logistics Volunteer

Please review all of the details about Business Analysis Day by clicking here.

Technical Analysis Day
Saturday August 10 2013 at 9:00 AM at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum MD.

This part of the GiveCamp is all about connecting technical needs with business needs and analysis. If you are a Technical Team Leader, this is your chance to jump in.

The event will open at 9 am and will continue through the day until around 5 pm. During that day, the primary roles of Business Analyst and Technical Team Leader are needed as well as any Project Managers assigned to teams. Logistics volunteers are also welcome to help with logistics. Analysts and Tech Leads will work together to review requirements and to craft a solution for the final GiveCamp Weekend.

For Technical Analysis Day, the following volunteer roles are needed:

  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Logistics Volunteer

Please review all of the details about Technical Analysis Day by clicking here.

Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 Weekend
Friday October 18 through Sunday October 20 2013 (UMBC - Catonsville, MD).

This is the actual GiveCamp weekend. During this time, all of our development teams, designers, analysts and organizers will be working on projects for the nonprofit organizations. This is where the miracles happen!

During the weekend, all the needed developers, designers, engineers and more are brought together to work on the nonprofit projects. It's an aggressive marathon of work combined with a labor of love. Teams work around the clock or as needed to make the dreams become a reality. There are opening and closing presentations which introduce the camp, the teams, the organizations and the logistics to the community at large and help acquaint names, faces and organizations. Work continues all through the weekend with special sessions to give folks a break and provide a little outlet of rest. Additionally, there will be several educational presentations that may be of importance and interest to you.

Please review all of the details about Baltimore GiveCamp Weekend by clicking here.

Here is a list of the roles that are needed for Baltimore GiveCamp and a little more information about each one.

Business Analyst (needed for June 8 and August 10)

Your role is to define the requirements for an organization. If you are already a Business Analyst, you are familiar with this role and what is needed. For others that want to be involved in this role, it is recommended that you have some form of experience working with customers/end-users and gathering needs and analyzing requirements. Although the role of business analyst is typically non-technical, in the short order of a GiveCamp, a technical background will be of benefit.

The volunteers for the Business Analyst role are expected to attend the June 8th event and the August 10th event. You will be asked to participate over the period between June and August to finalize any requirements and ensure that the Technical Team Leads, Project Managers, and the GiveCamp team have sufficient information to be successful at the October GiveCamp. You may be working on multiple projects depending on the type and nature of organizational needs.

Technical Team Leader (needed for August 10 and October GiveCamp weekend)

Your role is to lead a team for a full project. You will need to work with the Business Analysts to match business needs with technical design. You will determine the technical design, team requirements, and will lead your team through the project. If you are already a Technical Team Leader, you are familiar with this role and what is needed. For others that want to be involved in this role, it is recommended that you have some form of experience as a system engineer or architect and working with customers/end-users needs and analyzing technical specifications. This is a technical role and the more background you have in that area will be of benefit.

The volunteers for the Technical Team Lead role are expected to attend the August 10th event and the October GiveCamp event. You will be asked to participate over the period between August and October to finalize any requirements and ensure that the Project Managers and GiveCamp team have sufficient information to be successful at the October GiveCamp.

Developer (needed for October GiveCamp weekend)

Your role is to make the bits dance! Most all projects will require development efforts, some however may be simply setting up and configuring a solution such as a content management system. This is a technical role and for those that are developers, you know what is involved. For others that want to be involved in this role, you will benefit by having development experience with languages such as (but not limited to) Microsoft .NET, and Java as well as scripting languages such as (but not limited to) javascript, php, vbs, asp, perl, and more. Some projects may also require extensive HTML, XML and other mark-up technologies, knowing them would be a plus.

The volunteers for the Developer role are required for the October GiveCamp event. You will be part of a team working on a project. It is highly recommended that if you are part of a team in your job, that you encourage your fellow co-workers who are developers to join you at GiveCamp and bring your team dynamics to a good cause. Otherwise, developers will be placed in teams based on their experience and skill levels.

Graphic Designer (needed for October GiveCamp weekend)

Your role is to provide guidance on the overall graphic design of projects. Many projects will be web-facing and as such will need some flare and interface dazzle. You may be needed to build or alter logos, or to just provide overall user interface guidance to the development team. An eye for design is what is needed here with a desire to impact. This is not a highly technical role, but is a specialized role. If you are doing this type of work today, you know what is involved and will be an instrumental part of the group. For those that want to be a part of this, a good background in graphics, art or some other form of design, and associated software for working on such design would be beneficial. Also, any conceptual experience with user interface development would play a big part of this role.

The volunteers for the Graphic Designer role are required for the October GiveCamp event. You will be asked to work with many different camp teams as they may require your level of experience.

Database Administrator/Developer (needed for October GiveCamp weekend)

Your role is to deal with data! Many projects will involve the storage of some data in some way. Some projects may simply need help in configuring a solution such as a content management system database. This is a technical role and for those that are DBA's, you know what is needed. For others that want to be involved as DBA's, you will benefit by having development experience with databases such as Microsoft SQL, Oracle, MySQL and other similar databases. SQL statements will be used here, so knowing them is going to be to your advantage.

The volunteers for the Database Administrator/Developer role are required for the October GiveCamp event. You will be asked to potentially work with many different camp teams as they may require your level of experience of setting up databases or just building queries or creating tables.

Project Manager (needed for June 8, August 10 and October GiveCamp weekend)

Your role as a Project Manager will be to lead a project through to success. You will work with single or potentially multiple teams, depending on the type of project, to ensure that development stays on track and that requirements are being met. If you are a Project Manager today, you know what this is going to involve and we welcome your experience. For others that want to enter this role, it is recommended that you have some type of project lead experience and have worked with successful projects in the past.

The volunteers for the Project Manager role are encouraged to attend the June Business Analysis event and are required for the October GiveCamp event. You will be asked to potentially work with many different camp teams as they may need to have guidance and management to help them meet their goals for the project. You will manage projects through the lifecycle of the GiveCamp season (June to October). You will act as an interface to the GiveCamp team to provide status and needs for your project(s). Some interaction with the teams and the nonprofit organization may be required to complete your efforts.

Social Media Advisor (needed for October GiveCamp weekend)

Your role as a Social Media Advisor will be to help guide organizations to how best utilize social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. for their media needs. Your experience with the use of such sites and how they play an important role in the sharing of information and building of awareness is key to many groups and as such, bringing this experience to the GiveCamp will critical. Many groups have no presence in these areas or would like to really make the most of it. For those just getting into this area that would like to participate in this role, you should have a good background with social networking and how it fits into today's world of communications and technology.

The volunteers for the Social Media Advisor role are required for the October GiveCamp event. You will be asked to potentially work with many different GiveCamp teams as well as the individuals from the nonprofit groups. Many nonprofit organizations have very sensitive information and you must be able to protect information as well as share it where possible. Working directly with the nonprofit groups will be a key part of this role.

Logistics Volunteer (needed primarily at October GiveCamp weekend, but also some needs at June 8 and August 10 events)

The role of the logistics volunteer is pretty straight forward - you are the helping hands to keep things going smoothly at the GiveCamp. You will be asked to do various jobs such as helping with sign-in, setting up food, keeping the coffee and other drinks flowing, dumping the trash, maybe even making a quick trip to the store. But you are an important role in the GiveCamp as none of these things would happen without you and everyone is relying on them. This role is a bigger role at the October event as there will be three full days of things to keep on top of. This is a completely non-technical role and the only real requirement is a nice attitude and helpful spirit along with the desire to make our event shine bright and flow properly.

The volunteers for the Logistics Volunteer role are required for the June 8th and August 10th event as well as the October GiveCamp event. However, these need not be the same people. If you are only able to make one of the events or part of the events and really want to help out, please plan to participate.

CampKids Volunteer (needed for October GiveCamp weekend)

Some of our volunteers might want to be involved but may have child responsibilities. As such, we are providing a way to watch their children during their time at GiveCamp. The role of the CampKids volunteer is pretty straight forward - have fun with the kids and lead them in activities and fun times. If you like to do these type of activities, you know what is involved and we certainly would appreciate your registration for this role. CampKids will only be provided on Saturday Oct 19 and Sunday Oct 20 and only for limited times during those days.

 

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