What is a Standup Weekend?
A Standup Weekend is where Salesforce Admins, developers, business analysts, and architects all come together to stand up a Salesforce org for a non-profit. As part of our company ethos, Thanawalla Digital is committed to giving back 1% of its time, product, and profit to the community. The best way to do that? With friends of course! What’s great about a standup weekend is that you can work with your friends in the Salesforce ecosystem for an entire weekend to give back, learn, and implement some new Salesforce skills.
Each year, a team of 5 people gets together in July to select next year’s charity to Standup a Salesforce org for. This charity will receive the Nonprofit Starter Pack with Salesforce licenses provided by Salesforce completely free of charge. In addition, the charity will receive the following:
– Enterprise-level consultancy work (2023 donated 5,000 hours)
– Monetary donations
– Salesforce org support after implementation
– Physical donations (items appropriate for the charity)
– Charity visibility
In years past, the city of Richardson has been kind enough to support our standups by issuing a proclamation for that weekend. The University of Texas at Dallas has also provided the space to host the standup and several companies have provided various items such as food and drinks.
This is a wonderful opportunity, especially for students, to gain experience in the Salesforce ecosystem while also networking and working under some of the top professionals in this arena. Aside from implementation, we have various sessions throughout the event on various topics such as women in tech, navigating the job market as an immigrant, and sessions that highlight the charity as well. At the end of the event, every participant will receive a LinkedIn badge to display on their profile to show that they participated in the Standup weekend. Special TDigital Team MVP awards will also be awarded at the end of the weekend with cake.
How can I get involved?
We are always looking for volunteers of all backgrounds, skills and interests to get involved. Please fill out our volunteer form and someone from the team will be in touch with you.
What past participants have to say…
“Weekends are usually about parties and having fun. I attended a ‘working weekend event’ and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life… It was exhilarating to see everyone from MVPs to students, from VPs to developers, come together, to brainstorm, discuss, debate, propose and develop a solution for Stafford Manning and the IGTBOK team to help support their commendable effort to eradicate human trafficking. In all my years of education, this is the best way I have put my theoretical class knowledge to practical use.” – Allama Hossain
“One of my proudest moments was initiating the development of my own Salesforce email flow to automate the process of reaching out to donors. As a Salesforce beginner, it was a big deal for me to identify this requirement and create the flow, and it was incredibly rewarding to see how this small contribution could have a big impact in helping IGTBOK better connect with its supporters and raise funds for their important work.” – Aditi Chand
“I feel blessed and honored to have contributed my time for a good cause, and learned so much alongside other Salesforce enthusiasts, special thanks to my team lead Navaid Hussain, for his guidance and support.” – Parveen Basha
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing event and work towards a worthy cause.” – Varnika Prasad
“Big shout out to my new friends Moyez and Sarah Thanawalla for putting this event together along with Paul McCollum of the Dallas Salesforce Developers Group and Navaid Hussain for their insights into this project and my path forward in the Salesforce Ecosystem! Everyone made this a weekend to remember!” – Devon Priscilla