The Veracity team was in Los Angeles last week to set up the launch of the Redeeming America’s Promise website, attend the Young Elected Officials Conference (Veracity partner Alex Torpey is a mayor, and leading voice in a growing movement of young people seeking and holding elected office) and to spend time working with NationBuilder. We met young leaders from across the country who were convened to share policy ideas, discuss challenges and network.
At the culmination of the event, NationBuilder hosted the first annual “Iron NationBuilder Competition.” Modeled after the popular cooking competition “Iron Chef”, Adriel Hampton, VP of Business Development at NationBuilder, took on Ryan Morgan, Veracity partner and all-around coding magician. The challenge: build a functional NationBuilder website in 40 minutes. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
Under intense pressure, both competitors took their Nations from zero to sixty in just minutes, employing very different methodologies to build their new Nation. The contest was Chaired Mike Moschella, NationBuilder's VP of Organizing, Politics & Advocacy and contenders were judged on a 1-10 scale of 1) Design 2) Functionality and 3) organizing flair by a panel of young elected officials - Matt Haney, Commissioner on the San Francisco Board of Education; Ward 3 Bay Area Rapid Transit representative Rebecca Saltzman and Nate Shinagawa, a County Legislator in Tompkins County, New York.
After the dust and HTML code settled, and the judges had doled out their scores, Ryan Morgan emerged victorious, earning the title of “Iron NationBuilder,” and planting Veracity’s flag as first firm to achieve this distinction.
Dozens of young elected officials and other spectators were in attendance, and participated in not only learning about how the NationBuilder platform works, but the value of what we do at Veracity: providing beautiful website design, digital strategy, online fundraising, and offering a deep understanding and experience having worked so heavily in the campaign and advocacy world. Not only do we touch on all of these areas, but we do so in a socially impactful way that integrates fully with the organizing tools built into NationBuilder, empowering website visitors and administrators to fully realize the power of this cutting-edge and affordable organizing platform to help move their ideas or cause forward.
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