WHAT IS A HACKATHON?
Hackathons are short, pressurized competitions where ideas are designed, developed, deployed and demonstrated.
"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
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.
WHAT HAPPENS AT HACKATHONS ?
The general structure of a Hackathon can be summarized 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 quickly prototype their idea/solution
WHY GO TO A HACKATHON?
There are five main reasons why companies, organizations, educational institutions, professional association groups, charities and governments run Hackathons - which are also the five reasons why participants enjoy hackathons! Remember: '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.
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:
Our hackathons can be fully in-person, online or hosted to fit a hybrid event. Teams are expected to develop the following over the hackathon weekend.
- A feature for an existing business (working function)
- OR develop a new technology solution (new business idea from scratch)
Key attendance to sessions include the below - *compulsory attendance*. There will be 2-3 x workshops and we expect you to send 1 team member to attend each workshop.
* Agendas are subject to change/modification depending on title sponsor input.
Workshops are often led by Hackathon sponsors to showcase a development tool or more.
Information Session / Workshop
Thursday from 5:30-7pm
An introduction to the Hackathon
Technology Upskilling Workshop
Hackathon Tips and Tricks
Sunday from 3-5pm
Participants to present their demo and presentations (4 min each)
Judges to determine winners
What's next for Hackathon
Saturday, from 9-10am
Hackathon Logistics and Process
Challenge Statements revealed
Read what Hackathon Alumni said about us!
#HackTN was the perfect way to invigorate my passion for entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusion in one quick weekend. As a student, I found this experience easy to join, exciting, and well worth my time!
This has been great, not only for learning about Amazon, but also for learning about my own skills and limitations as a developer. Networking with other developers has opened many new viewpoints, as has seeing Amazon's scale of thought.
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!