#HackforGood delivers for Cork. Tech community donate €40k of services over 24 hours

The Cork Foundation, connecting with Cork network globally to support Cork people locally were delighted to partner with Republic of Work for Corks first #HackforGood. On Friday May 12th over 50 volunteers from the Tech sector in Cork came together to help five deserving causes better tell their stories online by totally revamping their online presence in just 24hours.Hack For Good was a one day event whereby five causes; charities and social enterprises got an online makeover through the skills of volunteers. The event saw over 50 volunteers give 24 hours of their time and expertise to help five organisations develop their online presences at no cost to them. The volunteers ranged from some of Cork’s top design, development, technical, marketing and business talent.  

The chosen causes included; The Down Syndrome Centre Cork, Helping Hands Homeless Action Group (part of the PATH Trust), Rebel Wheelers Multi Sports Group, Benchspace Cork and Cork D.A.W.G Over the 24 hours the volunteers developed new web presences, branding, social channels and marketing strategies to help the organisations which otherwise would have cost each organisation a potential of €10,000+. In addition Hack For Good also raised over €2,000 through online and text donations which will be split evenly between the organisations.  

Speaking about the event, Alan Beechinor Chief Executive of Helping Hands Homeless Action Group part of the PATH Trust said “the event was a huge success for us, we started from scratch with our team of volunteers and developed a new logo, website, branding and content. The volunteers worked right through the night and by 10am Saturday morning our new website went live.”  

Padraic Vallely, CEO of the Cork Foundation said “We were delighted to partner with Republic of Work on this unique event. We recognise the importance to society of Social Enterprises and the impact that they make in their communities. This event was a great example of the Tech community in Cork giving back to Cork, by offering time and expertise in overhauling digital platforms for five great organisations in Cork. At the Cork Foundation, we recognise the importance of the social economy and we want to continue to invest in Social Enterprises across Cork City and County.”

The event was supported by a wide number of volunteers and organisations who supported the participants and social enterprises during the day including; Bank Of Ireland, Nespresso, Dukes Coffee Company, Huckleberry’s Doughnuts, Rebel Chilli, Ballymaloe Foods, Twenty Sandwich Bar, GoGo Snacks, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Apache Pizza Harrington & Sons Douglas, Cool Beans and Farm Fresh Foods. 

If you would like to here more about Cork Foundation and get involved, you can visit www.corkfoundation.com