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Pixel Sprint: Hot Chocolate Campaign for Meals on Wheels

Earlier this month, Meals on Wheels asked us how quickly and cheaply we could build a website for their February Hot Chocolate campaign. We told them "for free and soon enough" but we thought we'd have some fun with this and share the experience with the community.

This Saturday we will be camping out in the Melrose basement from 11am until 5pm. The goal: build and launch a voting system, email campaign and mobile optimized Wordpress website in less than 6 hours.

Questions and discussion will be encouraged and there will be opportunities to show off some skillz! RSVP now and learn how to build a website with the grace of a drunken gazelle.

What We Need

  1. Artsy farts who would like to try painting a favicon! We'll have sixteen 4"x4" square canvases that will each be divided into 16 "pixels". Together they will form a 16x16px favicon and will serve as the logo for the campaign.
  2. More artsy farts to design and carve one passport stamp for every drink in the campaign (about 20 so far). These will be given to each venue to stamp customers' Hot Chocolate Passports.
  3. Nerds who would like to install a gallery plugin for Wordpress. Each stamp will serve as the logo for each drink and will be stored in the gallery.
  4. More nerds to build/install a widget that will calculate the nearest venue based on postal code. People will need to find these places before they can drink!

We also need people of all shapes and sizes to fill in the gaps. We have 6 hours to design and build everything and launch a fully functional WP website by 5pm.

Also, feel free to bring your own WP project to the space. We will be available for questions throughout the day and hopefully some idle hands will even be able to help you with your project.


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  • alex s. k.

    Tony, John, Doug et al you guys pulled together an awesome, fun and productive event on very short notice with no budget. Heroes! Wish I could make Monday's wrap-up, though you'll cont kickin butt to deliver a successful website for MoW :)

    January 29, 2012

  • Christina G.

    Always interesting and exciting to meet and share amongst the group. Would have loved to have all things completed by the end, but one goal of this was the learning along the way... and I think everyone got some of that!

    January 29, 2012

  • Shannon B.

    So nice to meet everyone yesterday! I posted some pics to:
    Sorry if I didn't get everyone. Great job - can't wait to see the finished product and test all the yummy hot chocolate!

    1 · January 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing and productive sprint. learned a ton about wordpress development.

    January 29, 2012

  • Angie S.

    This was one awesome meet up. I learned so much and met a lot of great people.

    January 28, 2012

  • Maggie

    I will be there with my artsy fart/nerd hat on.

    January 27, 2012

  • Christina G.

    Might be a little later than 11am, but really looking forward to being there!!

    January 25, 2012

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