48 Hours of Good

Just like that, another hack is in the books. And although 48 hours doesn’t sound like much, it’s amazing what our 80+ volunteers can accomplish. Here’s a snapshot of the projects we completed during the 2018 Des Moines Charity Hack.

  • Bidwell Riverside Center: SMS-message based wait time monitor for food pantry patrons to lower barriers to getting food at a local food pantry to prevent long wait times.
  • The Brenton Arboretum: A redesigned website to make it more impactful for nature-lovers to visit, learn, and engage with their trees. Location-enabled Google Maps help visitors navigate the trails.
  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines: Tool to surface charities and projects related to an interest area for donors looking to donate money to specific types of organizations.
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC): A nutritional calculator for managing donated food to promote healthier food choices for food pantry clients.
  • Everybody Wins! Iowa: A redesigned website to modernize features, provide a better user experience, including mobile friendly capabilities, a calendar of events, and showing community impact through metrics.
  • Grayson’s Gifts: A redesigned website for parents looking to adopt, plus new message boards and lists of resources.
  • Harbor of Hope Recovery House: A redesigned website and online application mechanism for clients to streamline application and information seeking processes for clients served.
  • Here to Help (Our first Open Source dsmHack web app): Volunteer time-tracking application to help organizations track time spent by volunteers at events and to report for grant writing purposes.
  • Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC): A mapping tool for reporting opioid overdoses and fentanyl sightings.
  • Latino Political Network: A website redesign and directory of Latino political mentors for networking and the promotion of more diversity in politics.

We can’t wait to see how these projects help the organizations and people they serve. One last shout-out to the hackers, nonprofits, and sponsors that made this year’s hack possible.


If you’d like to relive the weekend, we’ve got tons of photos and videos on our Facebook page. And, many of our participants shared their experience on Twitter (just search #dsmHack).

We’ll see you next year!