To see the entire wrap up post you will need to visit the 2nd Annual 24 Hour Marathon Wrap up post.
First a big thank you to the new fans who joined the fan page during the show, seems Facebook is becoming a good part of the technology I use for the show!
As I prepared this writeup we have collected $4320, that’S 87% of our goal and I am confident that between the course of the next couple of days and the offline donations and matching company donations we will hit our goal of $5000. Last year we set the goal at $2000 and brought in over $5000 as well so I have faith that we will make it this time as well.
Several times during the show I was asked why and how come and I have to say the basic reason is because I feel that it is the right thing to do, I also know that not everyone is a fan of the charity I chose and many think there are better or easier ways to donate but since I am online all the time I think that devoting 24 hours once a year is not too much to ask for what I consider to be a good cause and a worthy charity. I also see it as a perfect opportunity to come together (even virtually) as friends to have a good time and experiment with various technologies.
For the show I use various different tools to make it work from Rackspace Cloud hosting, to uStream for the video platform, Garage Band to record audio, uStream Producer to push it all out, Acorn for graphics, Fluid for my chat window, yShout for chat, WordPress to pull it all together, Twitter and Facebook to get the word out,Google Calendar to alert everyone and Adobe AIR to provide an easy connection for the masses not to mentionFugu to get things online afterwards.
So what were some of my personal highlights during the show? There were so many I simply can’t name them all unless I simple say “look at everything I listed above” Therefore I will focus on a few very personal things such as how great it felt to have so many join me at all hours of the night to help make it happen – how so many jumped in during the 1-3 “horror period” where I struggled so hard to keep going. The fact no one laughed when things didn’t work and how everyone laughed when we were having such a great time. The fact that so many from the SAP community joined me and so many that were not did as well.
I think more importantly for me though was the number of folks who have already volunteered to make our 3rd annual 24 Hour Marathon in 2011 even better!