My favourite FREE tools to organise an online hackathon
oronavirus is impacting the way we work, life and play. Every single event that is coming up in the next 2 months is cancelled. Shops have changed operating hours to accommodate the elderly, hot spots are identified and we are now strongly encouraged to work from home.
So where to from here? How can we deliver interactive and engaging experiences to keep our businesses open and create a sense of community?
In a hackathon environment, the value that participants get out of them is the networking, learning, creating solutions, and getting industry knowledge and insights.
Here are my favourite tools that you could use.
Project Management: ensuring that the event runs smoothly and that tasks are delegated to the right people
Monday: very easy and visual tool where you can set up tables to get yourself organised with a to-go list and delegate tasks
Trello: These boards are simple so you can keep track on what needs to get done and what hasn’t been done yet
Registrations: ensuring participants register to the event so you have their contact details and keep in contact with them
Humantix: Aussie startup where a percentage of each ticket sale will go to a social cause
Eventbrite: event management system that has large reach and can help with marketing your event
Marketing: telling people what you’ll be doing and encouraging them to participate
Hackathons Australia: platform and a community with 3,000 eager and regular hackathon goers, great networks with innovative ecosystems
Facebook Advertising: ability to target audiences which you can personalise with very wide reach, this is paid though
Communications: give updates to participants so they know what is happening and how to get the most out of their hacker experience
Slack: fantastic tool where you can create channels for different purposes so that participants can be notified with what is coming up on the agenda
Discord: awesome for sessions with hundreds of people, keep them informed, can do online chats, pinging mentors
Email: sounds old school, but sending important information to an inbox can be beneficial
Briefing Sessions: usually Hackathons hold a session to inform the participants what is happening, and at the start of the event do a ‘kick off’
Google Hangouts: Easy link to spin up if you use the Google Suite
Zoom: Allow participants to enter your Zoom room, you can share screen and also record the session
Menti: easy, visual and compelling. Lots of features including ranking, quizzes, polls, word clouds, etc
Slido: Use this if you want people to ask questions and vote on the questions/comments. The more votes it gets, the higher up the ranking it will go
Team Submissions and voting: groups can put in their submissions for the hack - whether it be a video via YouTube, GitHub depository, or link to the working prototype
DevPost: You can see all the submissions that come through and judges can go in and vote based on customised criteria
Google Forms: Put in your team’s group name, participants, and a link to what you have created over the period of time. Judges can go in and click on the links to either rank or score them
Have other tools you want to share? Comment below