Frequently asked question (FAQ)


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event at which digital professionals and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, develop software.

At The Big Give, we are improving or building software, websites and applications for local, nonprofit organizations, but also providing help with social media, SEO, videography and photography, among other services.

What types of nonprofits qualify?

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is welcome to apply.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

Professionals from all over the DFW metroplex and nonprofit organizations. Please note: We are unable to provide, nor subsidize, transportation to and from this event.

Said professionals transforming the web presences of local, nonprofit organizations.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Kickoff: 8am
Final Presentations: 8pm

Toyota Connected

Bringing together need and ability, we can directly improve our common future.  

What is the code of conduct?

Please be respectful of others. There is a zero tolerance policy in effect for harassment or abusive behavior.  Offenders of this policy will be asked to comply immediately.

Please report any harassment to an event organizer.

What is the structure of the individual teams?

We are assigning teams based on the needs of the organization and we expect that the teams will range from 4-9 people, led by a project lead and a team lead. These teams would be a combination of individuals from various companies, but could potentially be supplemented by participants from other corporations in the DFW metroplex.

Can I join The Big Give as an individual contributor?

Please fill out the Volunteer form as an individual contributor and we will do our best to find a team for you to collaborate with.

What if I have enough people to form a team?

If you have enough members to form a team, you can list the names of your team members on the Volunteer form! Please contact Geoff Ka'alani if you have any questions.

What should I bring?

Please bring your big hearts, a computer and any equipment deemed necessary.

What should I leave at home?

Please leave any weapons (guns, knives, etc.) or items that could be considered weapons (tools, nail clippers, etc.) at home.

Will there be food?


We will provide nourishment (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snackage) and refreshments (water, tea, coffee, soda), throughout the day. We are also sourcing some sweet swag––also, a plethora of Dad jokes to get you through the day!