WIMPgives 2015 to Donate Websites to Eight Nonprofits in Daylong Nov. 7 ‘Hackathon’


Members of local digital media community, WIMP, to help local nonprofits create online presence

Santa Rosa, CA – Members of WIMP – Web and Interactive Media Professionals – will gather on Nov. 7 for a daylong “hackathon,” WIMPgives, during which they will create, free of charge, websites for eight local nonprofits. The event will take place at SoCo Nexus, at 1300 Valley House Dr. #100 in Rohnert Park from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

All work will be provided by WIMP members, over 50 of whom have volunteered for the event. Each nonprofit will be assigned a team of professionals in the various technical disciplines needed to build a website – project manager, web developer, designer, content strategist, online marketing specialist and a student apprentice. The goal is to build a website for each nonprofit in a single day. WIMP also plans to offer continuing support for the sites it builds.

This year’s event is the third annual staging of WIMPgives. The previous two events provided 12 nonprofits with websites. Some $75,000 worth of services were donated at last year’s event alone.

“It’s great to give back to the nonprofits that make Sonoma County a great place to live and work,” said Melissa Geissinger, President and COO of WIMP. “And the results from the first two WIMPgives events were spectacular, with the nonprofits we helped now better able to get the word out about their services and raise funds. But beyond that, we’ve found that coming together for a high-energy, fast-paced project like WIMPgives teaches us about the amount of good that exists in our world and makes WIMP a stronger community. Everybody who volunteers and sponsors tells us afterwards that they got a lot more out of the event than they put in, and I think that’s why it’s been so successful.”

The nonprofits selected to receive WIMPgives websites are Code Blue, Coast Ridge Community Forest, Daily Acts, Halleck Creek Ranch, LandPaths, Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise, Sonoma Valley Dog Owners & Guardians, and Sonoma West Medical Foundation. All were chosen on the basis of need and a commitment to participate alongside WIMP volunteers in the website building process.

WIMPgives takes place thanks to the commitment of the Sonoma County nonprofit community and the support of the generous businesses and individuals that donate money, food or in-kind services. Sponsors include 1 Day Web Designer, Anthroware, The North Bay Business Journal, O’Reilly Media, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Slow Food Russian River and SoCo Nexus. Direct donations are still being accepted through a crowdfunding campaign on Plumfund: http://bit.ly/wimpgives.

WIMP – Web and Interactive Media Professionals (http://beawimp.org) – is a community of professionals working in all sectors of digital media. In addition to an active online Facebook community of over 1,000 people from around the world, WIMP also hosts a variety of meetups, classes and workshops from WIMPspace, its coworking and event space located at 201 D Street in downtown Santa Rosa. WIMPspace is a founding member of CASC, the Coworking Alliance of Sonoma County (http://coworksonoma.org).

More information about the WIMPgives event and how to donate or sponsor can be found at: http://wimpgives.com.

More information about WIMP can be found at: http://beawimp.org.

More information about WIMPspace and its coworking and colearning space can be found at: http://wimpspace.com.

Telephone number at WIMPspace is (707) 827-1334.

WIMP+ Premium Membership is Here

We’ve got some really big announcements today. SO MUCH IS HAPPENING in the Wimpverse. Just look!


WIMP+ is here.

OMG yay!

We’ve been talking about this for ages, but we’re happy to finally announce our premium membership is live. At just $35 / month, it’s chock full of perks and we’ll continue to add to the list as we continue to grow.

Membership benefits include:

  • Membership Directory
    Build your public-facing profile and portfolio and make an impression on new clients.
  • Private Discussion Board
    Get access to a secure discussion board where clients can’t hear you scream.
  • Coworking Access
    4 days a month access at WIMPspace, WIMP’s coworking and colearning space / clubhouse in downtown Santa Rosa.
  • Discounts on Workshops
    Discounts on select classes and workshops.
  • Vendor Discounts
    Discounts from a list of awesome companies relevant to you and your business.
  • Exclusive Events
    Members only events. Who knows what could happen?!
  • Swag & Surprises
    Discounts on swag and special surprise things!
  • Direct Referral Program
    Get added to our database of hand-picked referrals and pay just 5% commission on revenue earned.
  • Support WIMP
    Show your love and support to the community you just couldn’t live without.

Sign up before June 1st and get a free ticket to WIMPcamp on July 11, 2015!*

Sign-up Steps:

  1. Sign up for a basic membership at beawimp.org/members/sign-up/
  2. Follow e-mail verification steps
  3. Opt-in for WIMP+ in your membership settings

*Offer not available to charter members and beta testers



WIMPcamp is Coming July 11th!

Sonoma County’s First Unconference for Web Technology is coming back for its third year on July 11th, 2015. WIMPcamp 2015 will feature a mix of sessions selected from proposals ahead of time, and sessions given by attendees that are scheduled the day of the event. It’s a lot of fun, breakfast and lunch are provided for just $25.

Tickets Available Soon.



WIMPgives Save the Date: November 7th

WIMPgives is our annual charity hackathon that gives our community the ability to use what we are good at to do good in our community. Last year we had 50 volunteers form seven teams to build websites for seven non-profits in a day!

This year we are pulling out all the stops to make this year’s event even bigger and better. We need your help. Applications for non-profits and volunteers are now open, as is our call for sponsors. If you or anyone you know wants to be involved in our third annual WIMPgives, sign up on the website.

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The course will run from June 13th – August 15th.

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New Coworking Pricing

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WIMPgives: Paying it Forward


On November 1, 2014, WIMP volunteers donated $75K worth of services to local nonprofits

About two years ago, the Wimptators and I were sitting in our office brainstorming. We had done a great job up to that point making WIMP known as the go-to community for web and digital media industry professionals in Sonoma County, but we knew something was missing. We lacked a connection between our group and the outside world.

We knew what we wanted:

  • To give our members an opportunity to collaborate with one another
  • To let the outside world know who we are as an organization and just how much talent there is in our local industry
  • To challenge and grow our skills by putting them to the test under pressure
  • To genuinely make a difference in the community

And so WIMPgives, our annual ‘charity hackathon’, was born.

It’s impossible to quantify the impact these websites, and the relationships these projects catalyzed, will continue to make on an ongoing basis.

Last weekend we held our second WIMPgives. We had over 50 volunteers (twice as many as last year) donate 750+ collective hours building seven websites for Northern California nonprofits in one day. It was impressive to witness on so many levels.

This event has become something so near and dear to my heart – easily one of the highlights of my year. Since it brings together individuals who normally don’t work together, it’s very interesting to study the dynamics of the teams.

I loved seeing those members who are role models and trend-setters taking charge and inspiring and leading their teams.

I loved seeing people who normally work in isolation realize they do know their craft in comparison to others in the group.

I loved seeing the teams’ apprentices hold their own, gaining the confidence they need to attack their next project.

I am both humbled and awed by the genuine generosity and desire to give these amazing nonprofits the tools and knowledge they need to continue to effectively make a difference for the communities that they serve. It’s impossible to quantify the impact these websites, and the relationships these projects catalyzed, will continue to make on an ongoing basis.

While I’m always flattered when people thank us for making the event possible, we wouldn’t be anywhere without the folks that stepped up to brave the challenge and take time out of their lives to work so hard and not expect a darn thing in return.

Here are the websites completed during this year’s WIMPgives:

A massive thank you to everyone who helped make this day possible: each one of our project managers, designers, developers, marketers, content specialists, apprentices, photographers, film-makers, crew and fellow organizers.

A special thanks to our sponsors including Monster Gardens, SoCo Nexus, 1 Day Web Designer, O’Reilly Media, Beaver Builder, Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop, VOM Productions, WIMPspace, and especially TriNet and Pantheon who swooped in at the last minute to feed all of our volunteers breakfast and dinner!

Photo credits: Arken Studios

WIMPgives 2014: Wimps give $75K worth of services to local nonprofits

Fabulous Women of Sonoma CountyNorthern California nonprofits, rejoice! Our annual tradition of giving continues this year with WIMPgives 2014. Last year we mustered over 24 volunteers to build websites for five local nonprofits. This year, we’ve rallied 50 volunteers to make it happen for seven – with added strength in the marketing department to make our impact last even longer.
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