Beating the clock with a local nonprofit

Every year, ZURB works with a dedicated nonprofit team and a few passionate volunteers to accomplish an entire marketing campaign. This all happens in a mere 24 hours.

Why 24 hours?

We tried to help nonprofits before and learned that an inspiring mission was not enough if the organization operated in a wildly inefficient or disorganized manner. Marketing opportunities get stuck too easily stalling efforts to drive that mission forward. Design, teamwork and a 24-hour timebox turned out to be the trick for maximizing our impact on a nonprofit organization.

This event gives the ZURB team a chance to help a nonprofit get unstuck by giving back in the best way we know how — by helping them solve problems through our time and effort. We get to stretch and grow while sharing our unique skill set for designing things for people.


Still strong (and crazy) after six years!

We were crazy enough to do our first Wired in 2006 and, in 24-hours, blazed through a huge marketing effort.

Helping non-profits succeed

Our first Wired wasn't just a stunt. We saw an educational opportunity where nonprofits could learn design thinking and push forward!

Working with nonprofits over the years, we've found that they need every detail figured out before they take action. There's a time and place for detail, but when getting a project off the ground, it can be paralyzing. That's where design thinking comes to the rescue!

This year, we worked alongside Rebuilding Together Peninsula, a non-profit that helps families and communities in the Bay Area. They needed our help in putting together marketing materials for their 25th Anniversary. In 24 hours, we built a new site, printed new brochures and other goodies for their celebration next year.

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View all of our Wired photos on Flickr

Our past Wired events were a success

Here’s who we’ve helped. Many more to come!

Past Events

Want to be a part of Wired?

Volunteering means signing up for the full 24 hours, showing up on time, and committing to helping various team members out in a fluid schedule that will test your mettle throughout the day and night (and day again).

The people who have the most rewarding experiences are also the ones who contribute the most. Web, visual and print design skills are best. They are great at their craft, think quick on their feet, likable and motivated to help a non-profit and collaborate with ZURB.

    What we are looking for:

  • Hard Worker

    It takes a lot to go 24 hours straight.

  • Scrappy

    Be able to figure out how to do something

  • Team Player

    Be able to give helpful feedback


We love local businesses!

Anything you can send to our efforts would be awesome. We really like goodies — cupcakes and coffee — to keep our volunteers fueled or help with getting our print materials ... well, printed.

Let us know how you can help

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