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Xpand IT brings Tempo Extra to life

Xpand IT is happy to announce that it was selected to develop a charities platform, Tempo Extra, promoted by Entrajuda – an entity that supports charities.

This platform, which took three months to develop, will act as a bridge between companies that would like to be associated with charities and those charities. In this regard, volunteers are steered not just according to the specific needs of each charity, but also according to the profile of each individual. Tempo Extra will act both as a mediator between institutions and volunteers, and also as a support system to integrate people who would like to work as volunteers, helping candidates in their initial stages.

Platform Technology Tempo Extra

In terms of the platform development, Xpand IT’s Microsoft team used several programming languages, including C#, Asp.Net, Razor, Sql and Javascript. The Tempo Extra platform is hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud solution. This technology provides the necessary resources for the smooth running of the platform, allowing, for example, the implementation of WebApps, Storage Accounts or SQL Databases.

For Luís Vieira, the Senior Developer at Xpand IT responsible for the development of this project, the added value of the platform is to be able to place technology at the service of the community:

“Microsoft Azure is a technology with extraordinary abilities. To be able to develop something that reflects those abilities to improve someone’s life is, without a doubt, a very noble purpose for technology.”

Luís Vieira, Senior Developer, Xpand IT

This platform will support various types of non-profit charities that work across many aspects of our society, including social, cultural, environmental and animal causes. Tempo Extra has as partners entities like Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Microsoft, DNS.pt (entity responsible for the .pt domain) and also Sociedade de Advogados Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados, and the list is expected to get longer. In terms of associated organisations,  Banco Alimentar contra a FomeCruz Vermelha PortuguesaComunidade Vida e PazAjuda de Mãe and SOS Animal are amongst the participants.

Features

The platform supports the matching of profiles and needs between available volunteers and institutions. Furthermore, the platform also supports the management of both active and non-active workers (given that the main target audience is the tiers of people who are retired or in the process of retiring), giving target organisations the opportunity to find more qualified support in fields such as IT, marketing or PR.

The launch event brought together several notable figures of civil society, including the President of Entrajuda, Isabel Jonet, the president of the Red Cross, Francisco Jorge, and the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Representing Xpand IT was the Partner & Microsoft Solutions Lead, Sérgio Viana.

At Entrajuda, we believe that IT solutions can bring a lot of value to the social sector and promote more efficient and effective answers. Given the characteristics of Non Profit Organisations, it is, however, indispensable to find partners that, like Xpand IT, beyond having professionalism, understand the needs and fragilities of the sector, and develop products that are really effective. This is what Tempo Extra reflects, and we are sure that it will contribute to a fairer and more compassionate Portugal, bringing professionals with specific competencies to meet the needs of organisations across a varied spectrum, and allowing people to enjoy a bit more time out of their professional life

Isabel Jonet, Entreajuda President

Only with the contribution of this digital platform has it been be possible to get so far. To put in contact several companies with several charities would have been so complex, so slow, so difficult, 10, 15, 20 years ago. Logic allowed that two years ago a step forward could be taken for the Volunteer Bursary and that now another step forward could be taken with the Tempo Extra platform.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Republic
Ana PaneiroXpand IT brings Tempo Extra to life