The NWIRC Data Hackathon for Good

Spark Innovation, Support Camp Korey

A big thank you to Camp Korey and all of the participants in the April 2024 event!

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Students from WSU Everett, WWU and Skagit Valley College participated on teams addressing items of societal importance. Congratulations to the combined team of SVC and WSU students who won, using data to develop their creative thoughts about addressing public transportation.

The NWIRC Data Hackathon for Good is a creative fund-raising initiative for Camp Korey and offers businesses and organizations the opportunity to support their communities by sponsoring the competing teams as well as providing funding and supplies for the event. The event will be held at Camp Korey on April 27th and 28th, 2024, with an estimated 10 teams of creative individuals recruited from regional businesses, post-secondary education institutions and public outreach. Each team will be challenged to develop a data-driven solution for non-profit organizations and will be able to offer their solutions to organizations and businesses. The event will conclude with expert judges choosing the best overall solution during a closing session where the public will be invited to attend.
kids at Camp Korey

About Camp Korey

Camp Korey is a non-profit organization located on 200 acres in Mount Vernon, Washington, and provides empowering, adaptive year-round programs for children and their families living with life-altering medical conditions—free of charge. It is named for Korey Rose, a vivacious teen who lost his battle with bone cancer at age eighteen. His father, Tim Rose, founded Camp Korey in 2005 with his family to honor Korey’s memory and create a safe haven for other families dealing with serious medical conditions. Since 2012, Camp Korey has been an official member of SeriousFun Children’s Network—a global family of camps founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman—serving kids in more than 30 locations and 15 countries worldwide.

Saturday Hackathon Teams

  • The Challenges to be addressed at the Hackathon will all focus on issues of social service organizations. These will be about childcare, housing, transportation, food, etc. The Region’s Community Foundations have provided a suggested list of challenges, or the teams can select one of their own.
  • Teams should have 4-6 members comprised of multifunctional members. The individuals can be subject matter experts, marketing, technical or others.  At least one group member should be able to access and organize data for the challenge.
  • If you are not able to put together your own team, just let us know and we’ll get you involved with one.
  • Members should be 18 years or older.
  • Each member should bring their own laptop but will be provided with data analytics tools if needed.
  • Each team with be provided tables, chairs, whiteboard, power and internet.
  • Teams will be identified; challenges and relative data files will be identified in advance of April 27.
  • Teams will be expected to arrive early on Sat April 27 and work throughout the day. Team members are welcome to stay overnight or return on Sunday for the presentation of their challenge results.
  • Food and drinks will be provided throughout the weekend. Camp Korey is located on a beautiful 200+ acre of land in Skagit County.
  • For team members who would like to stay overnight, rooms and breakfast will be provided.


Sunday will be a fun-filled day where the participating teams can show off their creations to the community and to a panel of expert judges. Each team will have a table display, and their creations will also be highlighted on a large screen for everyone to see. The event will be hosted in the beautiful, spacious event center in the heart of Camp Korey and will include sponsor displays, light snacks, and entertainment. Everyone is invited!

FAQs for Sponsors

Q: Can my employees participate as a team?

A: Absolutely! You can provide an entire team or teams of 4-5 members, or your employees can be matched with others who want to have a team.


Q: How much are you asking for in cash donations?

A: If you want to sponsor a team, we are asking for at least $5,000 per team.  We are happy to partner you with other sponsors to achieve this level of sponsorship.   If you want to make a direct money donation to Camp Korey, you can do so, as well. All money donations can be made at this web site: , or you can give a check to one of us and we will take it to Camp Korey.


Q: Is the donation tax deductible?

A: Camp Korey is a non-profit which would qualify your donation as tax deductible depending upon your person or business tax status.  If you would like an invoice, please let us know.


Q: What other types of donations can I make?

A: We welcome any donations that will help make the event a success. This includes food for the teams on Saturday and/or the general audience on Sunday, computer-related and office-related materials for use by the teams, and support for raising awareness of the event.


Q: Will I be publicly recognized as a donor?

A: Only if you want to. Let us know what level of exposure you are comfortable with, and we will accommodate. Camp Korey and NWIRC can include you in all public marketing materials and on various web sites associated with the event if you approve.


Q: Will I be able to participate in the public event on the 28th?

A: Yes, we are inviting everyone to come to the event and see the teams’ presentations. Companies that provide donations will also be able to set up a table at the event and/or distribute literature or giveaways to the audience.


Q: How many people are we expecting at the public event on the 28th?

A: It’s hard to say at this early stage, but we are hoping for at least 100-200 people. We will update you as we learn more.


Q:   Where will the teams compete?

A: Teams will gather at Camp Korey on Saturday, April 27th.  Ample space with tables, chairs, whiteboards, power and Wi-Fi are provided.  Lodging is also provided if team members desire to spend the night.


Q: Is NWIRC also accepting donations?

A: Yes, NWIRC is a registered non-profit supported primarily by donations and government grants.


Q: Can I and/or my employees volunteer to help with the event?

A: Yes! We need volunteers to help with the event, especially the public on the 28th. Let us know if you are interested and we will connect you with the volunteer coordinator at Camp Corey.


Q: Why is NWIRC running the event to raise funds for Camp Korey?

A: One of the areas of focus of NWIRC is educating entrepreneurs and other small businesses about data analytics and management, which will be a key focus of the challenges. This hackathon also helps raise awareness of NWIRC while supporting a very worthy cause at Camp Korey.


Q: Where are you recruiting hackathon team members from?

A: We are recruiting team members from various companies, primary and secondary educational institutions, and the public. Ask us for more details on team member qualifications.