Like much of the country, I was a bit shaken by the results of the election. It was clear that the rights of many Americans were to be challenged in the near future, and I wanted to do something to help protect those rights. I built Project 501 to help connect non-profit organizations with technical and creative volunteer talent.
The platform didn’t need any bells and whistles. Most of it could have been prototyped with a form and spreadsheet, but I was in the mood to make something. At a minimum, that something need to allow the following:
A quick round of wireframes helped flesh a few details.
At the time, I had been working on another project that was largely influenced by Material Design. I like the structure that Material offers, but I do find that strictly enforcing that structure can be a bit dry. I went in a different direction with Project 501.
All in all, the site took about four weeks of nights/weekends to design and build (Ruby/Rails, Github repo here). In mid-January, I spammed my social networks and tossed the project up on ProductHunt. Within a month, 500 volunteers had joined the platform and 21 projects were connected with volunteers.