Students stay up all night coding for a good cause

By Amy Cherry 8:17am, November 1, 2013 - Updated 8:23am, November 1, 2013
Students stay up all night coding to help non-profits at last year's Code for Good Challenge (Photo courtesy of JP Morgan Chase)
Delaware Tech and University of Delaware students will be up all night, but this time, it's not for schoolwork or for partying.

WDEL's Amy Cherry explains.

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Computer science majors like Alice Guerrieri, a junior at UD, are fueling up for an all-night codefest.

"Sleep is probably my best option, sleep and coffee," she says.

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And there will be lots of coffee, but very little sleep as these students stay up all night in JP Morgan Chase's Code for Good challenge to make websites and phone apps.

"Is it 24 full hours?" I asked

"What I've heard is it's 25-and-a-half so that is a challenge. We're going to be there for awhile," says Guerrieri.

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But this high-tech guru is up for the challenge.

"I have coded an Android app before. I haven't done any web design before so this should be a surprise and a challenge for me, which I'm pretty excited about," says Guerrieri.

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But Guerrieri's Android game is her own version of Minesweeper that took her one half of a semester to complete, but she says the Code for Good Challenge will be tougher.

"Probably harder because it will entail a lot more detail," and in a lot less time, she says.

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It sounds nerdy, and well, it is. But these tech-savvy students are doing it to benefit non-profits like Milford Housing.

Valerie Demarco, director of development for the non-profit affordable housing agency, is thrilled that students will help them make a web-based application process for their clients.

"How awesome will it be rather than calling and going through the process, all I need to do is go on to the website and I can see everything right there," she says.

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"I think it's a great way to help out charities through helping them excel in technology," she says.

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