We choose to embrace change, or to go with the safety net of familiarity. – Seth Grodin, It Is Your Turn to Lead, and It Is Always Your Turn to Lead
These words quoted by Seth Grodin are encapsulated in my brain as I am preparing for Memphis GiveCamp 2021, as a project manager overseeing three teams.
GiveCamp organzations host weekend-long “hackathons” for good throughout the year in cities across the United States. During Memphis GiveCamp hackathon, programmers, designers, software professionals, project managers, tech support, and other volunteers, are donating their time to build web, desktop and mobile software for non-profit organizations in the Memphis area.
Working with a fellow GiveCamp organization virtually offers new challenges, ideas and creative answers, forced by the dynamic push to build virtual platforms in the “Cloud”, in a socially distance world. Leadership and team work crosses barriers that are fading as new hurdles become visible. The projects are designing websites, creating forms, and building apps. We have 34 projects and over 200 volunteers.
My past experiences at GiveCamp and other hackathons have taught me that implementing collaboration, critical thinking, planning and optimism can lead to developing a working product for the end user by the end of a weekend. Embrace change and what it can teach you.
Memphis GiveCamp 2021
Project status for Sunday morning at Memphis GiveCamp, volunteers are scurrying to finish and test the final product. It is amazing to watch creative and technical talent merge across time zones and countries. Closing ceremonies showcased weekend accomplishments!