Improving events can be a tricky task since there are so many variables that are outside of your control. For any event organizer out there, I hear your struggles and feel your pain. So for folks that are organizing hackathons, here are a few things from me to you that I have found can vastly improve your event.
1. Write a code of conduct
As organizers know, the first important rule of thumb is to set strong expectations with your guests or attendees. I have found that while there are many ways to incorporate this into a given event, one of the best ways is to actually write out a code of conduct.
The benefit is simple. You’re setting the tone for the event, especially if it’s a civic hackathon. Beyond that, you’re also setting up expectations for what the attendees will experience and have available to them. So much comes down to communication between parties. Also, with larger hackathons like ATX Hack for Change, I’ve sometimes struggled with addressing all the needs that come up, and that’s where a strong team and code of conduct can come into play.
If you’re sold but not sure where to begin with writing a code of conduct, don’t worry, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can (and should) read codes of conduct created by others and then draft your own. Here are some examples you can check out:
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