Thoughts from The Mayor of Worldwide Breast Cancer

Mapping the Journey of The Worldwide Breast Cancer Project

Archive for July, 2010

Technology Partner Wanted

It has been a crazy but wonderful year. I’m just weeks away from finishing my PhD thesis, am starting a new job in September at a university in London, and have a whole new set of plans for expanding Worldwide Breast Cancer.

For the past four years, I’ve been researching how visitors have been using worldwidebreastcancer.com. I’ve learned what people are searching for, what pages are the most popular and how it could be designed to make it even better. Over 50,000 people have been educated by the website so far, which is incredible and I want that number to grow even more!

Nearly every week I receive an email from someone who has been excited about my work, organizations that want to use the posters and people who are running events. You truly inspire me with all the work you do! I’m so lucky to be part of such a meaningful worthwhile cause.

I’ve thought of all sorts of options to build the website as a step to turning it into a real resource for people: using my savings to pay for someone’s time, looking into student volunteer programmers to help with parts of the coding of the website, running a wordpress event to code the new site, etc. After some talks with some real pros in the area, I’ve come to the conclusion that what I really need is someone who is brilliant at all sorts of web development stuff that is able to donate their skills as a partner in the project because they are passionate like me about spreading awareness. Someone that I can collaborate with over the long term to really make it succeed. The plan is to turn WBC into a global organization and attract funding to expand its efforts. Could you be the partner I’m looking for?

Here’s the kind of skills I’m looking for:

  • Someone who is really passionate about breast cancer.
  • Someone who is looking for a long-term rewarding project and has the time to donate the odd hour or two a week.
  • A fun, collaborative person who is creative and up for pushing the boundaries of web media and likes to expand their knowledge base.
  • Someone who can turn a psd file into a robust WordPress template, with all of the standard compliances using CSS, php, xhtml.
  • Ideally someone who can also design a mobile version of the site, further down the road.
  • Social media integration.
  • Experience in building a multiple language website.
  • Good at communicating.

This post would also not be complete without a big thank you to Trevor Davis, who for the last four years has been so good to volunteer his time and passion to building the website today. Without him, I would not have been able to reach the people I have, thank you Trevor! And congrats on your wedding!

Also, Andres at CartoSoft is a star. He was able to make a google map of breast cancer screening centers in the US and UK. I spent a month validating each of the 2,000 addresses (phew!) and he took the design and database and turned it into a very handy resource. If you haven’t seen the breast cancer map already, have a look!

If you are interested in joining the Worldwide Breast Cancer team, please send me an email to: mayor *at* lemonland.org

Key words: web developer wanted, wordpress, css, breast cancer, php, web programmer

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