WHAT IS A HACKATHON?
A Hackathon is a short, pressurized process where ideas are designed, developed, deployed and demonstrated. They're a really fun way to network with others, be creative, and learn something new.
"Hackathons are a mixture of teamwork, ingenuity, commitment and diversity, where you can add your experience to a portfolio and resume"
WHO GOES TO HACKATHONS?
Anyone can go to a Hackathon! They are not just for coders.
Generally, people who go to a Hackathons have an open and positive mindset. They're open to experimenting and creating tangible products that will impact positively on our futures.
Whether you're a data analyst, designer, researcher, developer, budding entrepreneur, student, or just someone who is willing to learn, Hackathons need a mix of diverse people in order for innovation to occur.
Usually teams should comprise of the Minimum Viable Team which consists of the:
Hipster = person who designs the prototype
Hacker = person who creates the prototype
Hustler = the person who sells the product
Teams may also nominate a Herder = person who facilitates and manages the team
WHAT HAPPENS AT HACKATHONS?
The general structure of a Hackathon can be summarised as follows. Remember: it's all about the 'T.E.C.H.'
Meet others quickly and find team members
Identify the opportunity and find a problem to solve for a paying customer
Get your innovative minds working because you'll need to think outside the box (if there is a box!)
This involves getting the idea and bringing it to life! Create a working edemo to pitch infront of the judges
WHY TO GO TO A HACKATHON?
"I love the thrill of being able to build cool projects with people you’ve never met"
There are five main reasons why companies, organisations, educational institutionsprofessional association groups, charities, and governments run Hackathons - which are also the five reasons why people should participate in Hackathons! Remember: they are a series of 'T.E.S.T.S.'
Recruiting skilled individuals.
Inform communities about the possibilities.
Bring like-minded individuals together to create a solution.
Demonstrating the potential of emerging technologies
Kick off a new project or solution.
"There is no better way to bring the entrepreneurial spirit to so many brilliant minds at the same time. Hackathons rock!"
I'M NEW. HOW DO I GET STARTED?
There are many articles that you can read, however we've put together The Hacker's Toolkit - a set of templates and tools so that you know exactly what to do when you participate in your first Hackathon.
Check them out!
I'VE NEVER ORGANISED A HACKATHON. HELP ME!
We've gathered learnings from over 500 Hackathons and will be putting them into a Handbook just for you! We've giving away a mentoring session for our Alpha supporters.
Let's help you!