Saturday, June 29, 2013

Will Charity Hack have you cleaning your plates?

One of the many things that excites me about Charity Hack is the opportunity of getting to know some of the cool people behind the amazing charities that will be taking part.

And since I'm a sharing type of guy I thought it would be nice if everybody could get to know them a little bit better.

You never know, you might be inspired to volunteer or donate to one of them because the work they do really excites you.

Laura Ryder (@laurajryder) has been speaking with all the Charity Hack organisations and we'll be sharing her profiles of them over the next few weeks to help you get to know them a little bit better.

First up, we find out why we'll all be cleaning our plates

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Laura talks to Voice of the Irish Concern for the Environment

Monday, June 17, 2013

Finally a photo from Diarmaid

Well it only took him 3 weeks and 5 sets of head shots from 4 professional photographers before he was happy to submit his bio photo so I hope it's worth it:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Welcome Hacker #8

The latest addition to the Charity Hack team is Maria Martin who brings a wealth of project management experience within the third sector as well as a touch of glamour :-)

Have look at her bio

Maria is a self-confessed beauty and cosmetics geek, a passion that led her to work for favourite charity “Look Good Feel Better” – a service that helps people manage the visible side-effects of their cancer treatment.

As Programme Manager of Look Good Feel Better Ireland she is part of a worldwide cancer support service that exists in 25 countries, having started off 5 years ago as a volunteer. Qualifying for the Vodafone World of Difference Awards led to her becoming a full time member of staff and having gone from strength to strength; reaching 1,000 cancer patients a year she has now spearheaded the transition from an Irish Cancer Society service to it becoming a stand-alone charity.
Through her various roles Maria has liaised with over 60 cancer support centres nationwide through the Irish Cancer Society’s Affiliation programme and prior to this Maria’s experience includes Event management, Recruitment and Training.

and her lovely photo

So the successful organizations for Charity Hack are....

Over the last week or so we've been making contact with the successful organizations. The ones that we'll be putting to work with our team of Hackers so together we can create awesome campaigns.

We are so unbelievably excited to be able to announce who the organizations we'll be working with are.

And you can read about them here!projects/c21kz


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Website now live

Check out the new Charity Hack website here

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Expert Hackers Needed

All the organizations have been selected and are mega excited to take part in Charity Hack. It's going to be an amazing 12 hours of passion, creativity and results.

For the people who will benefit the 10th August will be an historic day.

Our team of hackers is growing but we still might need YOU.

We need you if you are a world class fundraiser who cares about producing the very best fundraising campaigns the world has ever seen.

We need you if can craft the perfect tagline or call to action

We need you if you can't sleep until the design you're working on is perfect.

We need you if you're writing is a hybrid of Stephen Fry, Seamus Heaney and Edgar Allen Poe

We need you if you know what it's like to have The FEAR, that a major project isn't going to work because it's too new, too different and maybe people won't get it

We need you if you care

I mean really care

care until it hurts

care until its right

because good enough is never good enough

If it sounds like you register here


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Welcome to Hacker number 7

2 new hacker announcements in 1 day! 
Well now I'd like to introduce you all to our first overseas participant in Charity Hack, Holly Lambert.
I think she says all you need to know in her bio:

I have been a professional fundraiser for 5 years specialising in community fundraising and building something from nothing. I'm currently the Area Fundraiser for the East of England for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society and before that was Fundraising Manger for Macmillan Cancer Support. I was also Operations Director at The Hub, Islington - a business centre for social entrepreneurs and I've been involved in starting various volunteer projects such as a fundraising campaign to buy cancer patients new wigs and a series of food based events that aimed to bring local community closer together. I am constantly inspired by the people I meet through my work - their dedication, their perseverance and their passion. You will often find me quoting 'Be the change', focusing on the positive...and asking when lunch is. I am solution focused and work fast so the Charity Hack is the perfect event for me. Other things you should know - I'm a big Norwich City FC fan, have a tendency to overuse the word 'Amazing!' and have the two most beautiful nieces in the world.

and the obligatory photo

Welcome to Hacker #6

We're now in full volunteer Chacker recruitment mode and I'm delighted to welcome one time wannabe physicist, possibly the worlds greatest Angela Lansbury fan and also one of the most talented digi media experts around, Donal Mulligan.

Here's Donal's bio:

Dónal Mulligan is a lecturer in online communications at Dublin City University, where he's also pursuing PhD studies in social media analysis. He's taught web design and development, project management and interactive applications for 5 years, which motivates him to keep a close eye on current and emerging trends.

Dónal has previously worked as a consultant in corporate communications and branding for SMEs, NGOs and multinationals and has experience in designing online communications campaigns and managing web development projects in the voluntary and charity sector. He's been involved in event design and  promotion and is especially interested in how creative and inexpensive video and social media campaigns can bring substantial attention for low cost.

When not teaching or furiously writing a paper the day before a deadline, he enjoys watching a good episode of "Murder, She Wrote". Especially that one where Jessica Fletcher acquits a dog of murder. They just don't make TV like that these days.

and an uber cool photo

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The hardest email I've ever sent

Well the shortlisting has been done and the 5 charities that will take part in Charity Hack have been contacted and have accepted their places. Over the next few days I'll start sharing who they are and introducing you to their stories but not tonight.

I've just had to send the hardest email I've ever sent to let the unsuccessful organizations know that we couldn't invite them to Charity Hack.

I will consider it one of the great honors of my career that so many organizations applied to be part of Charity Hack.

They put all of their passions and dreams into their applications. They shared their stories and their challenges. I learned about problems that I never knew existed and of people who are fighting fights that nobody else seems to care about. There are many heroes in this world that will never have bridges named after them but who dedicate their lives to improving this little world of ours.

I would have loved to have so many more of the organizations take part in Charity Hack. There was none that weren't worthy but we could only pick 5. As I said I will take time to talk about the chosen organizations over the next few days but for now I'd like you to spare thought for those that weren't chosen and hope that they continue to work to improve this planet.