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"
- Angela Bee Chan, Co-Founder of Hackathons International
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!)
Mark Zuckerberg describes hacking as "building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done"
At a Hackathon, teams quick pretotype or prototype of their idea/ solution.
WHY TO GO TO A HACKATHON?
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.
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 we excel at organizing in-person and virtual Hackathons. Our team are well experienced and will guide you along the way.
Let's help you!