New hackathon for charity coming to Des Moines


Last week, a group of technology professionals from the Des Moines community announced they're organizing a new event to kick off June 12: dsmHack a 48 hour hackathon to build technology solutions for up to six charities in the metro.

According to a release, the event will be "tech-agnostic" and the organizers are hoping to bring together "engineers, computer programmers, software developers and designers" from across the state to benefit the selected organizations.

If you'd like to participate, go to to:

  • Register as a participant ($20)
  • Submit a charity proposal to benefit from the event

A similar event, Operation Overnight, creates websites for five charities a year and is organized as an internal 24 hour hackathon by the team at Geonetric in Cedar Rapids. The third annual iteration of that event is planned for October.

Geoff Wood has been helping tell the story of the Iowa startup community since 2009. In addition to writing here daily, he hosts a weekly podcast, speaks at conferences and organizes several events in the community.

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