Cleveland Tech Community Unites to Benefit Young Professional Groups Nationwide

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Over the next 52 hours, the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club using all volunteer software developers and designers, is building a new website. Once complete, the source code will be converted into an open source project for young professional nonprofits nationally.

Cleveland is one of the country’s top tech communities – and not just because of our innovation and coding expertise. The professionals in the technology sector are also extremely giving and passionate about attracting and retaining young professionals to the region. So passionate, in fact, that more than 70 Web developers, graphic designers and Clevelanders are coming together for the inaugural Advance2030 event scheduled for this weekend (February 26 - 28).

Advance2030 is hosted by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, one of the nation’s largest young professional organizations. During the Advance2030 weekend, hundreds of volunteers – techies and non-techies alike – will come together to build a brand-new Web site for the Club. On Sunday, February 28, the site and its code will debut and, once polished and launched, will be available to any Northeast Ohio young professionals organization.

“A new Web site can cost a young professionals’ group upwards of $50,000,” states Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club President Daniel J. Young. “This is normally beyond the budget of most young professional groups.” A dynamic, interactive Web site is integral to the success of young professional organizations as most of their members rely on the Web and its tools to communicate both personally and professionally. The Advance2030 weekend will allow for the creation of a world-class Web site template – at virtually no cost.

This is the first time a community-wide technology event such as this has occurred in Cleveland. When asked about the enormity of this event, Young, says “it is an honor to enable such an opportunity to take place. There have been similar events such as GiveCamp and Coding for a Cause, however, what we are doing is truly novel.”

For the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, the Web site should have an immediate impact. Andrew Bennett, Director of Technology, for the Club remarks “with already more than 700 active members and 180 events per year, the advent of this Web site will allow us to remain one of the premiere young professional groups in the country. As much as this site is for the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, we see the event as a step in promoting Cleveland and bringing young people together for a common cause.”

The Advance2030 event begins Friday, February 26 at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday, February 28 at 9 p.m. Sponsors for the event include Within3, Ohio.net, LeanDog Software, Phoenix Coffee, DXY Solutiuons, LLC, and Fresh Fork Market. All activities will occur at LeanDog Software located at 1151 Marginal Road in Cleveland.

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