Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We Are Microsoft Charity Wrap-up

I just got back from the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend- or WAM Weekend for short- and I'm happy to report it was a huge success! There were almost 20 teams of developers building sites for charities in the Dallas area, and it was great to see everyone work so hard over the weekend to produce some incredible sites. Many of the teams used Telerik's Sitefinity CMS to give their charities even more functionality and to save a ton of development time, and based on the training Gabe Sumner and I did on Saturday, the charities are very impressed! One team also used the Telerik RadControls for Silverlight to add rich gauges to their charity's site. Along the way, Gabe and I sat down with the event's "video bloggers" to talk a bit about the weekend and Telerik's involvement. You can check out the embeded video above or watch the original directly on Facebook. All-in-all, it was a great event for the .NET community that will have a huge impact on the charities that were involved. Hopefully this type of event will spread throughout the .NET community in 2009, giving you the opportunity to use your developer "skills" for a good cause, too.

P.S. As soon as I have a full list of the sites built with Sitefinity, I'll post an update on Telerik Watch so you can see the end results of the weekend's work.