Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" Across the country, Americans will answer that question by making the January 18, 2010 King Holiday a national day of service. We here at the Corporation for National and Community Service are asking individuals in the tech community to think about how you can help serve others on the King holiday and throughout the year.
What can technologists do to help others on the King Holiday? There is a spectrum of involvement - from organizing a large-scale hackathon, to utilizing the King Holiday to build a blog for charity - everyone fits in according to whatever you can give. Here are some additional ideas:
- Build a website for your local school
- Help your friend's non-profit build a Facebook page
- Work with a local community group to enhance their online presence
- Organize a hackathon for a good cause
- Build a mobile app for your city council
Regardless of your skill set, from coders to graphic designers, to social media professionals to start-up entrepreneurs, you have talents that can help others. This idea is neither new nor unique - over the past year we have seen events in the tech space bring people together to work on a common goal for the community, such as the Random Hacks of Kindness. Now we are just asking you to bring your friends in the tech community together and make the world (wide web) a place for good on MLK Day and potentially kickoff projects that continue throughout the year.
Getting involved is easy. Determine what you want to do to help, create a project on one of our partner sites and invite your friends in the tech community. When you create your event, use the "MLKTech" tag so that the events are easily searchable in our search aggregator, All for Good. Feel free to share the ongoing story of your service project here and tweet using the #MLKDay hashtag.
Service is a solution - and together, you can help create innovative solutions for non-profits, service organizations and charities. Make it a day online, not a day offline.
For more information on the King Holiday, visit Serve.gov/MLKDay