do_action: Charity Hackathon

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do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on doaction.org. is a charity hackathon that uses WordPress to uplift local communities.

What is do_action?

do_action hackathons are community-organized events that focus on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organizations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local organizations in one day.

The goal of do_action is to support these charitable organizations by giving them a fresh and dynamic online presence. This enables them to get on with the work that they already do so well without basic website management getting in the way of their productivity.

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How do the hackathons work?

Each hackathon is organised by members of the local community. Once the non-profit organizations for the day are chosen, the sign up form for the event is then activated and anyone can sign up to be involved in the event as a participant. Signing up involves selecting the organization that you would like to work with and then selecting your role on the build team for their website. Each build team has a number of roles available for it, which can vary depending on the needs of the organization. In general, the available roles are: Project Manager, Designer, Developer (x2), Social Media Manager, Content Manager and Quality Assurance Tester.

Each event will also offer training to the non-profit organizations on how to use WordPress effectively. This empowers them to be able to manage their own websites going forward.

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Where does the name come from?

With do_action being a WordPress-focused event, it made sense for the name to come from WordPress itself. do_action is a function that is used throughout WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and the name of the function really fits with the goal of the events: to allow the non-profits to ramp up their own activity and really get down to business.

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How can you get involved?

There are two ways to get involved in do_action: You can sign up to participate in an event in your area, or organize one yourself. You will find the upcoming events listed on the doaction.org site, or you can have a look through this Organizer’s Handbook to find out more about how to organize your own do_action event.

To find out a bit more about what do_action is and how it works, here is the recap from the event in Zurich and here’s a video from the 2014 do_action event in Cape Town:

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