Monday, January 21, 2008

Telerik, We Are Microsoft partner for charity

This past weekend Telerik had the distinct privilege of partnering with the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to help the .NET community give back to...well...the community. We Are Microsoft was organized by active members of the .NET community in the Dallas area with the goal of helping local charitable organizations complete "tech work" they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The idea grew out of a realization that few charitable outlets exist that enable geeks to really donate their time doing something they're good at doing. "Geeks are good at building software, not houses or fences," thought WAM. "Why not enable geeks to put down their hammers and pick-up their keyboards for charity?" And so WAM was born.

For its part, Telerik worked closely with WAM organizer Toi Wright to make sure developers in the challenge had all of the tools they needed to deliver outstanding results at the end of the 3-day code-a-thon. Telerik donated everything from licenses for RadControls to full commercial licenses for Sitefinity to a few bucks to help feed developers working hard for a good cause. At the end of the day, great results were achieved and the Dallas community got to see the softer side of .NET programmers.

And now that this event has been successful in Dallas, start watching for We Are Microsoft challenges to find their way to your local communities. In fact, if you're interested in hosting a WAM challenge in your area, contact me and I'll be happy to put you in touch with Toi and the Microsoft people that made this premiere event a huge success. Otherwise, stay tuned and I'll bring you live links to WAM projects as soon as they are available.