Developer FAQs

Can we camp out at Give Camp?

Absolutely! White we haven't officially selected a venue, we will make sure there is room for sleeping space.

I'm a student. Can I help?

Yes, GiveCamp is a great opportunity for new developers/designers. Students will be paired with more experienced developers. The event staff will be making sure that the more experienced developers are helping students learn how to build software.

What resources will be available to us?

  • Wireless Internet
  • Whiteboards
  • Color Printer
  • A limited number of loaner laptops
  • A community of dedicated members of Lansing's tech industry

What should we bring?

  • Laptop and any other devices needed to develop software
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, and toothbrush
  • A picture ID to get in during late evening hours

What technologies can we use?

You can only use technology that has been released. As a developer who has walked himself info many a corner before, it is highly recommended someone on your team is experienced with the technology you are working with. While this is a great learning opportunity for developers, please remember this event is for the charities and you do have to deliver a working application at the end of the event.

There will be a limited number of licenses available for third-party components. We will be providing each charity with all of the software they need to maintain, update and extend their applications.

If you would like to use a Content Management System, we have partnered with the following companies to provide CMS solutions:

  • Wordpress
  • DotNetNuke (DNN)
  • Telligent - Graffiti CMS
  • Telerik - SiteFinity CMS

How much time do we have to code?

The whole day! The main event starts Friday afternoon and we (Give Camp Organizers) will be there 24/7 to help support you. We'd like to use the last hours to get together and show everybody the apps created over the weekend.

Can we pick the project we work on?

Once the projects have been selected, they will be listed on the website and you will be able to rank your preference.

Can we form our own teams?

Yes. If you would like to form your own team of 5 people, that would be very helpful. Please keep in mind that each team must have at least 1 Developer, 1 DBA and 1 Designer. The Developers will be responsible for programming the front-end and the business logic layer. The DBA will be responsible for the tables, stored procedures and the data access layer. The Designer will be responsible for creating the master page and the cascading style sheet.

When you register, please enter your team's name in the Team Name field. Please confirm that everyone on your team has completed an application.

Is this a competition?

No, this event is about the charities. It is acceptable after the demo of the application to congratulate a team on a job well done, but this is not a competition. We will have "fun" awards such as “person who got the least sleep” and "Fastest Twinkie Eater."

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