Website Weekend LA


Website Weekend LA is Happening
October 22nd - 23rd, 2016

Please see the schedule and location for more information.

We are running the event in connection with Pasadena's Connect Week

Calling all nonprofits!

If you're a nonprofit organization that could benefit from pro-bono assistance with your web presence, apply to be considered!

If you could help an awesome organization using your professional skills would you do it? You have the opportunity to affect positive change and Website Weekend LA can help.


In October 2013, 53 volunteers came together to create websites for seven different nonprofits. Let’s do it again in October 2016. Interested in helping us do awesome work in the community? You can make a huge difference!


What is Website Weekend LA?

We will bring in non-profits and organizations doing great work in the local LA community and pair them up with teams of digital professionals. Then over the course of a weekend, these teams will collaborate and build something amazing for their organization that will help them grow their outreach and positively impact how they contribute to the community.


How You Can Help

Are You a Dev?

We need folks with the passion to write code who are able to work in a group environment. You'll be responsible for bringing the project to life.

Are You a Designer?

We need folks who have an eye for details and can help our non-profits craft a compelling message that tells their story.


Are You a PM?

We need folks who can manage their teams amid the chaos of a fun and exciting event. You'll need to keep your teams on track and ready to deliver.

Can You Create Content?

Not every role on the team is a technical one. We also need folks who know just what to say. You'll being writing the content that keeps the users coming back.

Can you UX?

Are you an expert at thinking through a user experience and organizing the content just so to craft a message? You'll be the guiding force toward a usable and compelling website.

General Volunteer

We need willing volunteers to help with setup, arrange food, and all the other logistical stuff that comes with throwing an awesome event.

Would You Like to Sponsor?

We can't do this without you! Let's connect and get the ball rolling!

Your Organizers


Natalie MacLees

Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. She organized the first Website Weekend LA. She's also the founder and chapter leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. She makes her online home at


Alex Vasquez

Alex runs a boutique digital marketing agency called DigiSavvy. He also runs a few WordPress meetup groups, consults with the Small Business Development Center, and occasionally teaches at Girl Develop it. He can normally be found helping Natalie out with her various hijinx.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event in which programmers, graphic designers, content strategists, interface designers, user experience professionals, and project managers collaborate intensively on projects. [source]

Or as we like to call it: an event where people work together to find new solutions to a problem. [source]

Who Should Attend?

If you are a working professional in the tech industry, you’re welcome to attend. If you’ve taken a tech class such as those provided by GirlDevelopit, or, have participated in a tech/design workshop you’re welcome to attend. The experience will sharpen your skills no doubt.

But even if you haven’t attended any of these events, you’re still totally welcome to join! Beginners are especially encouraged to participate, as are experienced technologists who are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills while working on projects that they are passionate about.

If you’re a professional working in any of the website-building related fields, then you’re needed! You’ll help guide the projects along and contribute to mentor less experienced participants.

I run/know/love a nonprofit in need of a website – can you build them one?

We can’t make any guarantees, but your nonprofit is welcome to apply to have a website built during Website Weekend. Just head over to our Nonprofit Application page and get the ball rolling by completing that form. We’ll be in touch shortly afterward.

I run/know/love a nonprofit that has a website already, but it needs some work – can you help?

Not all of our projects will involve building out a brand new website from scratch. We’re also open to doing some much-needed work on existing sites. Just head over to our Nonprofit Application page and complete the form to get things started. We’ll be in touch shortly afterward.


downloadDuring Website Weekend, my team completely re-designed my website, refining my copy and creating beautiful graphic elements, all in the easy to manage WordPress ecosystem. The new site exceeded my expectations and has greatly enhanced my ability to reach my audience. They left me with an easy to follow tutorial on how to make changes, and went above and beyond their weekend commitment to make sure that I had a beautiful and functional final product.
-Jonathan Skurnik, Filmmaker and founder of the Youth and Gender Media Project

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

Use your awesome skills for good and let's affect some positive change!