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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla
Only a bunch of programmers would come up with this great idea. For the second year in a row Sierra Bravo, a web development firm based in Bloomington, Minnesota, will sponsor its Overnight Website Challenge.  Non-profit organizations apply for consideration for the Challenge and the chosen NPO's get 24 hours of free web design services provided by volunteer programmers.  The purpose of the event is to highlight how web technology can help non-profits further their missions and assist 10 deserving Minnesota non-profits.  This year's event will be held February 28 - March 1, 2009.


Ten chosen teams of 8-10 designers and programmers  will work on projects for ten chosen non-profits during the 24-hour programmathon. Sierra Bravo will select the teams and non-profits based on qualifications and their applications. Interested folks can also place testimonials on behalf of certain non-profits on the event website. Promoted as an event where "the needy meet the nerdy" last year's Challenge resulted in more than 2000 hours of programming and design services, worth an estimated $250,000.

The ten chosen non-profits get complimentary computer training from New Horizons of Minnesota. Other sponsors include VISI, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle, Peace Coffee. And of course Red Bull - how else would they stay up all night?

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:53 AM Twin Cities IT and Developer Events | Back to top

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