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Participant Application

Participant Info

Are you a software developer, designer, project manager or have a passion for technology? Sign up for Code with a Cause! Our 2019 event will take place the weekend of February 22-24, 2019 at the Covo co-working space in downtown St. Louis. Mark your calendars!

Participant Application

How to Apply

In order to maximize the impact for our nonprofit partners, this year we’ll be introducing an application system for participants to make sure we have the right blend of skill sets and experiences in the room. The participant application is intended to capture your background as a technologist. Admissions will be made on an rolling basis—we will cap participation to about 70 total participants (~6 participants per project + 10 roaming volunteers who will be tasked with assisting ALL teams).

Participant applications for Code with a Cause 2019 are NOW OPEN and will close at 11:59pm CST on Friday, January 11th, 2019.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a passion for or experience with nonprofit technology are encouraged to apply. You do not have to be a professional software developer to participate. Code with a Cause is only open to individuals ages 17 or older.

Application Timeline
-Participant application deadline: Friday, January 11th
-Participant selections made: Friday, January 18th
-Participant registration deadline: Sunday, February 3rd*
-Code with a Cause 2019: February 22-24, 2019

*Selected participants must register online (we will send you a private link) by this date

Participant FAQ

I have dietary restrictions, will there be food available for me?

Vegetarian options will be provided at every meal. If you have any additional dietary restrictions, we suggest bringing your meals.

Can I come with a pre-existing team?

Absolutely, just let us know on your application. A good rule of thumb is that a team is 5-8 people. We do ask that you try to pick a project that is appropriate in size if you’d like to stick with your team. For instance, if the project your team chooses is too small, we might ask some of you to pitch in on another project. If it’s too big, we might throw some other participants your way.

What if I can't code? Is there a role for non-developers?

Absolutely! We will need designers, project and product managers, business minds, and any other creatives to work with the organizations to make sure their needs are not met, but exceeded! You will add substantial value to any team.

What do I need to bring?

All you need to bring are the tools you need to get the job done. For most people this means a laptop (don’t forget the charger!), proper software of your preference, and yourself. We’ll provide the wireless access, snacks & beverages, and a seat for you to work at. But, you’ll be with us for awhile, so keep in mind what else might make you more comfortable. Maybe a wireless mouse? An extra sweatshirt? If you don’t plan on going home, your team might be happy about you bringing some deodorant …

Do we have to build something from scratch or can we implement pre-existing tools?

We encourage both! Some organizations will need a new solution created, while many use pre-existing software and will need help implementing or optimizing it to continue being productive.

Why is there a $25 cost to participate?

There is no cost or commitment needed from the nonprofits other than their time. The nominal cost for participants is pretty simple; we want to ensure you have some skin in the game. For our hack to be successful, we need participants sign up and show up. The $25 fee you’ll pay covers some of our cost of food, and, of course, lots of tasty beverages! Our great sponsors are kicking in a lot more than that for all the fun treats you’ll indulge in over the course of the event.

We don’t want cost to prevent anyone from participating. Please contact McKenna Sawchak at and let’s chat about how we can get you in the door.

What coding languages will be allowed?

Anything and everything! Don’t hold back. Use what you know or explore something completely new. Just make sure that you’re making the right choice for the nonprofits for maintainability.

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