Donating your work to a project — especially one for the social good — deserves recognition, or at least I like to think so.
I would love to take a second to talk about a few ways for you to get some well-deserved credit for your hackathon work, because you’ve earned it.
I’ve been exploring with the best way to leverage LinkedIn fully in both my personal and professional networking efforts, and I can’t stress this one enough. I really feel that LinkedIn opens doors that can be wedged shut if following traditional methods of outreach. I know that every platform has its pros and cons, which is why I didn’t focus this blog on LinkedIn itself.
Instead, I want to stress how important it is to list your hackathon efforts in your online profiles. Include links to your projects, even if they’re half-baked — you’re not selling a product, you’re selling your own potential. In fact, I can’t even count the number of people I know who have been headhunted over the content that they’ve shared on their page or in their profile, rather than by having drinks or going to alumni events.
So how do you do this exactly? You can certainly put down your hackathon project as a volunteer experience or as a project under “accomplishments.” Beyond that, I would suggest contacting the event organizers or even your project team lead and asking for a LinkedIn recommendation.
These individuals are in a position to speak volumes about what you contributed to the project and identify your key strengths. They are also some of your biggest cheerleaders, and they might even offer to connect you with others in your field that are looking for someone just like you!