UPDATE 4/16/2012: The contest has ended and we’ll be notifying the winner shortly. Thanks to everyone who participated!
We are all about community at Arck. After working with many fantastic organizations and non-profits over the years, and having recently relocated our offices to an incredibly community-focused area, we realize how much organizations give without asking for much in return. This is our chance to give back.
Arck Interactive pledges to donate a customized social networking platform, containing a collection of our open-source and proprietary plug-ins and a custom theme, to an organization or non-profit of the community’s choosing. All you need to do is let us know which organization is the most deserving, why they are the most deserving (as a comment below) and and we will do the rest. If you’re thinking about adding a new organization, put some serious thought into how a social network will add value to their vision. Many organizations do not need this type of technology and we want to see our donation to be put to heavy use.
The donated social network will enable the organization to actively communicate, collaborate and engage existing and new members. People who are looking to get involved in your cause will be able to participate in a thriving social community that could include online giving or fundraising through your platform or ours. Communication is everything, and the networks that Arck is known for have connected hundreds of thousands of people around the world for many purposes. We’re certainly not Facebook (nor do we care to be), but our small team of 6 does make a difference in our own unique way.
The poll will close Monday, April 16th and the organization with the most votes will win.
The rules are simple:
One vote per person.
You must be an authorized representative of your organization, or have permission from an authorized representative of the organization, in order to add your organization to the list. This can’t work if the organizations that are added don’t want or need a social networking platform.
A couple caveats:
We aren’t able to provide hosting on our barebones development VPSs. You should supply your own LAMP-based host and a domain. If you don’t have a host, we’ll help you find one. No sweat, right?
We wish we could provide ongoing support at no cost, but, sadly we have mouths to feed. However, we’re happy to arrange a reduced cost support retainer if that is something the organization will need.
We reserve the right to terminate or modify this contest in any way without notice.
We are already working on a pro-bono project with the Homeless World Cup, so don’t add ‘em.
The Arck Interactive Crew
Paul, Billy, Sam, Ben Fryc, Andras & Ismayil
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Cubview 2.0, based on feedback received from faculty and students during Cubview 1.0′s first academic year in production. The new Cubview makes it easier than ever for students and faculty find out what’s going on at school and stay current. A dramatically streamlined user profile shows the activity they need to know and expect right away. Upcoming assignments are always in the upper right and filtered by context, showing either all assignments across classes, or assignments for a specific class if the student or teacher is viewing that classes group page.
All menu items are located in a persistent, context-sensitive, left hand side navigation. Folks can check their news feed, groups, files and messages all from one menu. Groups use the same left-hand navigation, making it easier to get around.
Sports teams and followers also get all of the info they need. View upcoming games, track scores and get highlights all from the team’s new streamlined page.
We’re ecstatic to announce the start of our very first pro bono project: a global social Intranet for our favorite non-profit organization, The Homeless World Cup. We’ll be using the popular open-source social platform, Elgg, to create a hybrid content management system/social network that will be used to connect the organization’s 70 global partners. The network will enable central communication and allow the organization to share best practices, files, photos and other media to help develop internal projects across the globe.
For those who are unfamiliar with the event, The Homeless World Cup is an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever. It has triggered and supports grass roots football projects in over 70 nations working with over 30,000 homeless and excluded people throughout the year.
We’ve been using the open-source social framework Elgg on nearly all of our social development project over the past two years. Never heard of Elgg? I’m not surprised. It hasn’t been given the attention or the visibility that it absolutely deserves. Hands down, it’s the best framework for developing custom social networks.
That said, I’d like to share our latest Elgg development effort, a faculty network for John Wiley & Sons, that we developed in cooperation with Garfield Group Interactive.
The Wiley Faculty Network is a global community of faculty, connected by a passion for teaching and a drive to learn, share, and collaborate. Members connect to collaborate with colleagues, join professional and peer groups, find mentors, attend virtual and live events, and view a wealth of resources all designed to help them grow as educators.
Site functionality included: one-click login integration with Wiley’s existing faculty system ProfVal; role-based access with custom profiles; intelligent dashboard widgets that suggest content to users based on their professional and personal interests; a custom content management system plugin allowing Wiley to deliver context and discipline specific content to users; a complete events management system; custom file/resource (documents, videos, audio) sharing; granular analytics and reporting; blogs, user groups and forums.
You can read the complete case-study on the Arck Interactive site, here:
Working for Garfield Group Interactive over a period of 6 months, we developed a scalable social network based on Elgg. Functionality included: one-click login integration with Wiley’s existing faculty system ProfVal; role-based access with custom profiles; intelligent dashboard widgets that suggest content to users based on their professional and personal interests; a custom content management system plugin allowing Wiley to deliver context and discipline specific content to users; a complete events management system; custom file/resource (documents, videos, audio) sharing; granular analytics and reporting; blogs, user groups and forums.