Frequently asked questions
Anyone can volunteer, but we do screen potential volunteers to confirm experience. This will usually consist of a friendly chat with a SocialCoder project coordinator.
We welcome programmers, designers, database administrators, IT experts, security experts, everyone with techie skills and experience.
This depends entirely on the volunteer and the project they undertake.
Each project in our collection of templates has estimates of time, but these are indicative rather than fixed.
Projects always involve at least one experienced and qualified volunteer.
Less experienced volunteers may be invited to team up on a project to gain experience and assist as they are able.
Apart from the opportunity to support a cause they care about, volunteers can expect
Project value is based on an average expected time that a volunteer will spend working on a project, multiplied by contract rates for a developer in the UK. To make this calculation we use market rates from www.contractoruk.com.
Some projects require a high level of specialist knowledge or experience, and for those projects the contract rate can be much higher. For instance, the rate for a website penetration test can be twice the daily rate for a contract developer.
If a project is expected to take between 5 and 20 days of volunteer time we calculate as follows
Rate for a contract software developer: £375 per day
Minimum: 5 days × £375 = £1,875
Maximum: 20 days × £375 = £7,500
Average = (£1,875 + £7,500) ÷ 2 ≅ £4,500
Experience tells us that the greatest cost of bespoke software development lies in support and maintenance after the initial product is developed. The cost of ongoing support can be many times greater than the cost of initial development.
We feel it is our professional responsibility to ensure that charities and non-profit organisations are not inadvertently burdened with this cost.
Where a bespoke development project is proposed, we will work to ensure a viable support plan is created before the project ends.
We will never agree to a project that, in our judgement, would create an unsustainable support and maintenance burden.
No, not unless your project is sponsored by a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation.
Volunteers with solid experience of leading projects and teams may be invited to act as project coordinators.
There might be other ways you can help. It's a misconception that software development is purely about coding. Drop me a line and we can chat about it.
Our costs are low, but if you want to donate, our support page is here.