Des Moines Charity Hackathon set to take place February 21-23

The 2019 Des Moines Charity Hack will take place February 21-23 at the Des Moines Social Club.

The annual 48-hour hackathon will help local nonprofit organizations solve technology problems they’re facing. The event connects technology enthusiasts including developers, designers, and project managers and partners them with nonprofits selected through an application process.

“Year after year, it’s been great from an organizational standpoint,” said Alex Karei, Vice President & Communications Chair of dsmHack. “We’ve learned how to put on the best event for our participants and how we can get the best results for the nonprofits.”

Volunteers and nonprofits will come together to build and implement tools to make the area’s nonprofits operate more effectively so they can continue to focus on doing good.

“Thursday night everybody shows up and we have a social hour where everyone gets to know each other,” Karei said. Then, each of the nonprofits pitch and speak about their projects and then our participants self-select into project teams after that.”

Typically, ten nonprofits are accepted into the hack. Applications are now open for Iowa nonprofits to submit their technology needs.

Tickets for volunteer spots have already sold out, but the organization is encouraging people to join their waiting list and will reach out to those people as spots open up. 

“Those who participate are really making a difference beyond the 48 hours,” Karei said. “The impact of the event goes much farther and wider than just the hack itself.”