To be considered for the 2020 hackathon, please fill out the form below.
Questions? Review our FAQ or email nonprofits@dsmHack.org.
Questions? Contact the dsmHack nonprofit team: nonprofits@dsmHack.org.
Nonprofits are required to have representatives on site for portions of the event:
In addition, nonprofit representatives are strongly encouraged to share phone and e-mail contacts with your project team and be on-call to your team throughout the event, including overnight in some cases.
After we close applications, we will begin reviewing them and offering nonprofits admission to the event. All organizations selected to participate will be expected to attend a mandatory conference call on February 14, 2019, at 4 pm where we will provide you additional details about the event and answer any remaining questions.
As a nonprofit participant, you will be responsible for having a good working knowledge of your current IT systems, including passwords and user account information, technical specifications and other information necessary to help your project succeed. We’ll provide you with a technical inventory sheet to fill out that will better help participants understand your project. We suggest putting this sheet, along with other technical informational materials into a binder and bringing it with you to the event. The event organizers will work with you prior to the event to help you determine what you will need.
Example: “Great Nonprofit” wants their dsmHack team to create digital copies of a summer program enrollment form for their website. “Great Nonprofit” is bringing information about its current website provider, passwords to update the website and all the current paper forms they want to have involved in the project. They put all this in a binder to bring with them to the event.
Part of the challenge of the hack is working with your project team to fit the scope of your project to what can be accomplished in 48 hours. Be realistic and set priorities — it’s important for you to prioritize the features you need to have versus what you want to have. While the dsmHack organizers and project teams make every effort to provide non-profits completed projects they can put to immediate use, you may be responsible for other tasks or follow-up to implement your project.
In addition, your nonprofit is responsible for all costs related to maintaining your project after the event, including, but not limited, to software and hardware purchase needs and web hosting fees. Your project team will be able to help you understand what will be needed.
Des Moines’ tech community is incredibly talented, and your team will do its best to serve your needs. That said, dsmHack makes no warranty to you about the quality or completeness of your project, nor any guarantee that it will meet every expectation you set with your team.
In addition, the security of your organization’s data is your responsibility. We encourage all organizations to change passwords that have been distributed to the hack participants after the event. We cannot admit projects requiring protection of legally protected or private client or customer information, or sensitive proprietary information related to your organization. You are solely responsible for legal and liability compliance related to security of your organization’s data.
By signing this agreement and participating in the event, you agree to indemnify and defend dsmHack against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees and other litigation costs, which may in any way arise from your or your organization’s use of or presence upon the facilities of dsmHack or participation in activities of dsmHack.
Developers, designers and project managers that participate in dsmHack pay a fee and take a day off work to serve your organization over a 2-day hack. When they sign up, though, their commitment only lasts during the event.
dsmHack cannot guarantee that your team members will be able to commit to additional service to your organization after the event ends. However, you are allowed to (politely) discuss this with them. Any agreement you and your team members make to continue your project after the event ends is your responsibility. dsmHack will help to provide you contact information for any team members who would like to remain involved with you.