SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Atlassian Foundation previewed its innovative crowdsourcing platform, MakeaDiff.org, a meeting place for nonprofits and technology experts. The MakeaDiff.org platform will allow nonprofits to coordinate with technically-skilled volunteers who want to help convert ideas into successful projects – any time of day or night. The pilot version is being previewed here at Atlassian Summit 2013, the company’s fifth annual user conference held at the SFDC Concourse Exhibition Center.
Unlike websites that offer volunteering opportunities such as hack days for humanitarian projects, MakeaDiff.org lets individuals volunteer whenever time allows – be it at 3 a.m. when they are in their PJs, or noon during a workday lunch. Powered by JIRA, Atlassian's industry-leading issue management software, MakeaDiff.org allows volunteers to contribute anytime, anywhere and get started immediately.
"We started hearing from nonprofits that what they valued even more than donations was access to Atlassian's technology expertise. Similarly, we had lots of employees who were keen to volunteer, but didn't know how to get involved; coordinating volunteers for all these amazing projects was just not scalable,” said Melissa Beaumont Lee, Atlassian Foundation manager. “Thus, MakeaDiff.org was born to benefit both nonprofits and volunteers. We wanted to reduce the friction in coordinating efforts so more time can be spent doing really meaningful work.”
A Boon to Nonprofits and Volunteers
Once vetted, nonprofits can list their technology-focused volunteer jobs and projects on MakeaDiff.org. These can include work such as a website build-out, project road-mapping or data analysis. Currently, Atlassian volunteers are working on pilot projects for three education-focused nonprofits using their paid volunteer leave. Every Atlassian employee gets five days a year of paid volunteer leave. Nonprofit organizations interested in being featured will be able to list their projects at the end of the pilot period early next year, and offer them to technology experts worldwide.
Skilled volunteers such as developers, designers, business analysts and project managers will be able to go online and quickly search MakeaDiff.org for relevant project types or timeframes. Volunteer developers and designers can start volunteering right away to help build MakeaDiff.org. Currently, Atlassian volunteers are expanding MakeaDiff.org functionality to make it a world-class crowdsourcing website for both nonprofits and technology experts.
“Think of it as a dating website for charities to meet tech experts," said Beaumont Lee. "Amazing things are going to happen.”
The Atlassian Foundation's pilot program MakeaDiff.org is currently live. The formal site launch is scheduled for early 2014.
About the Atlassian Foundation
The Atlassian Foundation is funded by a "1% model" where one percent of equity, profit, employee time and software licenses from Atlassian are donated to nonprofits. Its vision is to give the youth of the world access to a world-class education to break the poverty cycle.
Atlassian products help innovators everywhere plan, build and launch great software. More than 27,000 large and small organizations – including Citigroup, eBay, Netflix and United Airlines – use Atlassian’s issue tracking, collaboration and software-development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time. Learn more at http://atlassian.com.