It was the dead of night in downtown Phoenix, but computer displays were burning bright in Co+hoots as developers worked fiercely on overhauling the Million Dollar Teacher Project Website.
As part of an initiative by custom software development company The Nerdery, the Million Dollar Teacher Project website got a makeover. This project, called the Overnight Website Challenge, channels volunteers from the tech community into teams of web experts. These teams dedicate themselves to the development of a nonprofit’s online presence to turn their founders’ visions to beautiful, professional websites. The catch? The volunteer teams work pro-bono for twenty-four hours non-stop to build the new website.
The Million Dollar Teacher Project was graced with the opportunity to work with Prism, a diversely talented group of developers who worked fervently on the website: New ways to donate, get involved, and understand the organization jumped from thoughts to whiteboards to computer screens in mere hours. Llloyd Hopkins, CEO, oversaw the creation of site maps and plans. As the developers became more enveloped in the image and the spirit of MDTP, the website began to come to life.
The enthusiasm was ever-present as the development of the website entered its twelfth hour. Energy was still high as the team received news coverage from Channel 15 News at midnight. Prism’s team members expressed genuine investment in the Million Dollar Teacher Project’s cause during late-night chats. “I was an educator,” Juan Reyes of Prism beamed, “so this project really hits close to home for me. For us.” Genuine appreciation for effort was given and received by everyone on the team. Lloyd, both proud of and humbled by the project, said “I appreciate the collaboration. I appreciate how we brought our respective talents to the table to solve these big issues, issues facing teachers.” Every motion made by the project is a step towards improving education, but The Overnight Website Challenge and Prism helped MDTP make bounds with the new website.