Nonprofit Application

To be considered for the 2022 hackathon, please fill out the form below.

Statement on COVID-19:

Participants, representatives for non-profit organizations, and volunteers for the 2022 dsmHack 48-hour hackathon are required to show proof of vaccination as defined by the CDC against COVID-19 to participate in the event. Proof of vaccination includes a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and dates administered. At this time, dsmHack will not accept negative COVID-19 test results (PCR or antigen) in lieu of vaccination.

During the event, we strongly encourage the use of masks in crowded spaces and a distance of at least 6ft from other participants and attendees whenever possible. Masks and guidelines are subject to change based on mandates made by a governing entity.

Questions? Review our FAQ or email nonprofits@dsmHack.org.

Nonprofit Registration

  • Information about the person who is applying

  • For example, executive director, board member, IT volunteer, etc.
  • Who are you?

  • List your organization's mission statement, then provide a brief overview of your main programs. You are limited to 2000 characters.
  • Permitted file types are .jpg, .png, .pdf, .eps. If you are uploading a .jpg or .png, make sure it is larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels in size. If you are not able to upload a logo now, the hack organizers will work with you to obtain one if you are admitted.
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, eps, Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Where do we find you on the web?

  • You can leave this blank if your organization does not use Facebook.
  • You can leave this blank if your organization does not use Twitter.
  • You can leave this blank if your organization does not use Instagram.
  • A few business details...

  • You can leave this blank if you do not have an EIN.
  • Information about your proposed project

  • What is the problem you would like your dsmHack team to help you solve? What does your nonprofit need to accomplish for the project to be successful? You are limited to 2000 characters.
  • You are limited to 2000 characters.
  • Tell us about the funds, resources, and people your nonprofit has to help ensure you can complete your project and take care of it moving forward.
  • About your nonprofit's team at the hack

  • If there are other key people in your organization who will be involved with your project, please let us know who they are. This ensures they will receive timely information about the event and be invited to our pre-event conference call for nonprofits.
    First NameLast NameRole with your organizationContact phoneE-mail 
  • Final submission

  • If we offer you admission to the event, an authorized representative of your organization will be required to sign a copy of the terms of participation, so it is a good idea for you to read them now.
  • Terms of Participation for Nonprofits

    Updated for the 2022 Event

    Questions? Contact the dsmHack nonprofit team: nonprofits@dsmHack.org.

    A big part of success is showing up.

    In order to facilitate good collaboration, it is essential that representatives from your nonprofit work closely with your project team throughout the event.

    Nonprofits are required to have representatives on site for portions of the event:

    • The first four hours of the event Thursday, including to make a 5 minute pitch presentation (with no slides) to the entire group of hack participants on why they should choose your project. After project teams form, you will work with your project team to frame your project and set expectations for the 48 hours you have to work together.
    • The final two hours of the event Saturday, which includes your project team’s presentation of the finished project to you as well as critical time set aside for your team to give you any instructions you need to take control of your new tech solution.
    • Nonprofit representatives are strongly encouraged to be on site as much as possible.

    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.

    Some preparation is needed in advance.

    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 1-on-1 sessions where we will provide you additional details about the event, answer any remaining questions, and help clarify project details ahead of the event.

    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.

    When the event ends, your project is offered to you as-is.

    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.

    Your project team has limited time to contribute to your project.

    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.

    Statement on COVID-19: Participants, representatives for non-profit organizations, and volunteers for the 2022 dsmHack 48-hour hackathon are required to show proof of vaccination as defined by the CDC against COVID-19 to participate in the event. Proof of vaccination includes a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and dates administered. At this time, dsmHack will not accept negative COVID-19 test results (PCR or antigen) in lieu of vaccination. During the event, we strongly encourage the use of masks in crowded spaces and a distance of at least 6ft from other participants and attendees whenever possible. Masks and guidelines are subject to change based on mandates made by a governing entity.

    Questions? Contact the dsmHack nonprofit team: nonprofits@dsmHack.org.