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Web Developers 'Coding for a Cause'

ROGERS, AR-- Computer coders from major Northwest Arkansas companies camped out for an entire weekend to build web sites for non-profit organizations.
ROGERS, AR-- Computer coders from major Northwest Arkansas companies camped out for an entire weekend to build web sites for non-profit organizations.

Event organizer, Phyl Amerine said, "It's about 54 hours straight. They sit down and they pretty much code all weekend long."

Northwest Arkansas tech experts spent days staring at computer screens.

They're coding, designing, and building high quality websites for seven Northwest Arkansas non-profit organizations. Amerine said it's all for free.

Amerine said, "Not only will they get a web site they will get free lifetime hosting. They are fulfilling a need that these non-profits could not otherwise do on their own because of limited budget and resources.

For new non-profits like Ozark Education Inc., a high quality web site is key for success.

Executive Director of Ozark Education Inc. said, "We'll have information about the different programs we offer. Our pre-school, our after school classes, our technology camp. For us to have a first-class web site at this stage in our organization is so beneficial."

Silano also knows the new website will save them some much-needed cash.

Silano said, "We've been using several online services that cost us money and now we have a central online presence so people can easily find us and get the information that we need. When they see a quality web site they will see we have a great program and want to check it out."

Amerine said giving back to non-profits will make a positive impact in the community. "It means a lot to me to see the joy on their faces."

She hopes to hold more events like this one in the future. "We plan to make this an annual event from here on out."

This is the third GiveCamp event in Northwest Arkansas, and in 2012 it made a financial impact of more than $100,000.

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